By Sgt. Woodbridge Dean Bullock

69th ADA Bde. Public Affairs

After an 11-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield, Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade, returned home to the Great Place.

“The biggest thing has been being able to reunite families,” Capt. Dawn Moffett, rear detachment operations officer, said. “Being able to see those families coming together after weeks and weeks of planning – being able to see that has been the highlight of reintegration.”

The units were split between operations in Kuwait and Bahrain.

In Bahrain, Battery A team Soldiers fell onto two separate Patriot sites, which presented a unique challenge.

“It was unique in the sense that it was an unplanned deployment, but the Soldiers’ training paid off again,” Jason Graham, Btry. A commander, said. “They were able to quickly adapt and take over a different mission set that was required of them.”

According to 2nd Lt. Colin Scott, a platoon leader with Btry. D, much of “First Strike” battalion’s success came from hours of preparation.

“It’s a team sport, in my opinion,” he said. “Whenever we did our evaluations, we went as a team – you fail as a team, you pass as a team – so I was lucky enough to pass the first time go with my team. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Nothing could prepare these recently redeployed Soldiers for the joy of retuning home, a responsibility 69th ADA Bde. Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Lloyd Sporluck hasn’t taken lightly.

“We want them to come home safe,” he said. “Everybody’s a husband, brother, sister, mother, son or daughter of somebody, and folks back here need them. They want them and they want them home.”