There will be no redeployment ceremony today for more than 150 soldiers with the 60th Engineer Company who were due to return this evening to Fort Benning after a year-long tour in Afghanistan.
That's because these men and women are stuck in Europe -- in either Ireland or Germany -- waiting for a paralyzing ash cloud to either pass or subside.
An Icelandic volcano is currently spewing out enough ash to shut all the airports in the United Kingdom and many others across Europe.
Families awaiting the arrival of their soldiers to Fort Benning will likely have to remain in a holding pattern until Saturday morning, said post spokeswoman Elsie Jackson. Jackson added that the day and time are again subject to change.
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The redeployment schedule had originally been pushed from Monday to Wednesday. Tuesday, the time had been changed from about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to some time Wednesday evening. Now it seems like it'll be days before these soldiers are reunited with their loved ones.
The 60th Engineers have been deployed since April, 2009. This was the unit’s third deployment to Southwest Asia.
A construction unit, the soldiers of the 60th are capable of putting up large structures and providing heavy equipment support for U.S. and coalition forces.
Vertical construction projects can range from building new command centers and barracks spaces to renovating living and working areas to providing better living and working conditions for deployed Soldiers.
Horizontal construction projects include building roads and runways.
The 60th is an element of the 11th Engineer Battalion.
Please return to Ledger-Enquirer.com frequently to get updates on any time and date changes for this redeployment.