U.S. Soldiers Return from Afghanistan (Feb 12, 2012)

FORT LEONARD WOOD – More than 90 soldiers returned to Fort Leonard Wood this Sunday from the war in Afghanistan.
The soldiers with the 55th Mobile Augmentation Company5th Engineer Battalion, provided route clearance support for Operation Enduring Freedom during the last year. 13 soldiers were injured.
Family members and friends greeted the soldiers at the welcome home ceremony. Claps, and whistles echoed in the gymnasium. Many of them broke into tears.
Valerie Zimmerman said she has gained more than what she has given up from being an army wife.
“I love being an army wife,” said Zimmerman. “I don’t think I could do it any other way.”
Zimmerman’s son Henry was born 10 days before the husband, Sergeant Michael Zimmerman, was deployed.
Lieutenant Colonel Chris McGowan, the 5th Engineer Battalion commander, said helping the soldiers reset with their families is one of the most important things after returning. A two-week training to help them adjust family life was scheduled.
McGowan served in Iraq in 2011.
The soldiers will have a 12-month break at home before the next deployment.