Dec. 11, 2009

Virginia Guard Afghan Advisory Teams to hold Freedom Salute

Virginia Guard News Release

RICHMOND, Va. Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Brigade and Battalion Afghanistan Embedded Training Teams will gather in Richmond Dec. 13 to conduct a Freedom Salute in honor of the unit’s service in Afghanistan.  

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel West in Richmond, located at 6531 West Broad Street. News organizations are invited to attend the Freedom Salute and are requested to arrive no later 10:45 a.m.

The brigade advisory team was responsible for training and mentoring Afghanistan police and military forces and returned to Virginia Sept. 2. The team of 14 Soldiers served as mentors for the Regional Police Advisory Command – South and the Regional Corps Advisory Command – South since Dec. 24, 2008. Six of the Soldiers are from the Richmond area, three are from the Williamsburg area, two are from Northern Virginia and one Soldier from the Danville, Lynchburg and Hampton Roads area.

The battalion advisory team of 16 returned to Virginia Aug. 13 after serving on federal active duty since Aug. 15, 2008 with the mission of mentoring battalion-level Afghanistan security forces. Six of the Soldiers are from Staunton, two from Charlottesville, two from Northern Virginia and the rest came from other areas of Virginia including Roanoke, Blackstone and the Hampton Roads area.

The Freedom Salute Campaign is one of the largest Army National Guard recognition endeavors in history, designed to publicly acknowledge Army Guard Soldiers and those who supported them during the President's call to duty for Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The Freedom Salute will recognize the Soldiers, their families, employers and organizations that contributed significantly to supporting the unit during its deployment.

As part of the Freedom Salute campaign, each Soldier is scheduled to receive an American flag in a wood display case, a Defender of Freedom certificate as well as commemorative coins and medallions.

Background information:

Virginia Guard mentor team returns from combat duty in Afghanistan

Brigade-level Afghan mentor team returns to Virginia

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