Troops Welcomed Home

Three Connecticut National Guard units were officially welcomed home in a Freedom Salute Ceremony at the Governor William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford Tuesday night. Troops with the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, the 1048th Transportation Company, and detachments with the 2-104th Aviation Regiment, were recognized for their service and sacrifice for their country. Friends and family filled the bleachers to support the honorees and witness the awarding of two Purple Hearts and twenty Bronze Stars. The 143rd had been deployed in Kuwait and the 1048th and 104th in Afghanistan. To learn more about the event, click here for Kelly Glista’s story.

HARTFORD 03/18/14 Sgt. Michael Cortes, of Danbury, kisses his 3-month-old baby, Savannah Cortes, after a formal welcome home ceremony for three Connecticut National Guard units at the Gov. William A. O'Neill State Armory Monday. Cortes served with the 1048th Transportation Company that was mobilized for service in Regional Command-South, Kandahar, Afghanistan to conduct transportation and supply missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

HARTFORD 03/18/14 Sgt. Michael Cortes, of Danbury, kisses his 3-month-old baby, Savannah Cortes, after a formal welcome home ceremony for three Connecticut National Guard units at the Gov. William A. O’Neill State Armory Monday. Cortes served with the 1048th Transportation Company that was mobilized for service in Regional Command-South, Kandahar, Afghanistan to conduct transportation and supply missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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