There were hugs and smiles all around, as friends and loved ones embraced their Soldiers upon the return of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, 69th Air Defense Artillery, Sep. 3.
After four months serving in Romania, in support of their NATO allies, being rejoined with their families was a boost everyone with Btry. B THAAD needed.
Family Readiness Group leader Alyssa Suleski said her husband, Staff Sgt. Dayne Suleski, had already missed out on enough with their 15-month-old daughter Julianna.
“My husband left before she was walking and before she was saying her first words, so I think we’re excited because he’s missed out on a lot with the kids and also with us,” Alyssa said. “We’re excited to have him back home.”
However, no one was more excited to have everyone safely back than commander Capt. John Moriarity.
“We deployed as a single element as a battery, without an organic battalion,” Moriarity said. “We went and did a mission that no one’s ever done. We’re the first THAAD unit that’s ever deployed to Europe.”
“The integration between us and the Navy and all the different enablers,” Moriarity continued, “was really very seamless and I am just proud that our unit had the ability to do that.”
1st Lt. Michael Veguilla, headquarters platoon leader and crew one tactical control officer, was proud of the experience his Soldiers were able to have as well.
“I think the biggest part was working with some of our foreign allies,” Veguilla said. “Getting to see how they do things slightly different from us and having that back and forth between each other was a big part of it.”