The 189th General Support Aviation Battalion and their families were honored today in a salute to freedom ceremony. Today folks joined the National Guard at Carroll College to help honor the men and women of the 189th and their families as they have returned from over seas deployment.
"The purpose of this is to recognize soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they made for deployment. We have soldiers here who this was their first deployment and we have soldiers here who this was their 4th deployment. so it brings the families and everybody together and allow the state leadership and the community to recognize the soldiers and their families,"
Through programs like freedom salute the Army National Guard creates a very positive return for the men and women just arriving back from a very tough job.
"It's a positive thing that the soldiers get to see, a lot of the young soldiers this is their first experience with it and to have something positive like this freedom salute brings on a spirit to glorify them. so hopefully we'll keep them around they're a great bunch they did a great job over there. to integrate the families into that to share that experience that the soldiers had, can't ask for any better,"
For Command Sergeant Major Monty Briggs, who is also returning home he has some advice for the young officers in future deployments about dealing with being away from your loved ones.
"I think communication has been the biggest reward that we have had because we keep an open communication in what we do and she understands what it takes to do this job,"
Meeting with this particular unit for the second time, this time on Montana soil, Governor Bullock was very proud to be here to honor one of our states prestigious task force.
"We're so proud of them and it was so exciting as I actually talked to units from other states and regular army when I was over in Kuwait and they talked about what the 189th does, what a difference they make, all of Montana should be proud of these soldiers,"
For some this might not be their last salute to freedom ceremony as they maybe deploying again for a second or 5th time as the serve our united states army over seas.