Thirteen soldiers who compose the 926th Preventive Medical Detachment returned to Fort Benning on Sunday after a yearlong deployment to Iraq.
The soldiers, whose job was to keep people from becoming ill while deployed, landed in Atlanta around 7 a.m. and were on post for their redeployment ceremony two hours later, said Elsie Jackson, public affairs officer.
“They all have their own specialty,” Jackson added. “They had everything from food service — they check the food, they check the water. They had an entomologist. If someone was bitten by something, they could determine if it was poisonous.”
Unlike other detachments, the 926th broke into groups of two or three and were stationed in different areas during their deployment, Jackson said.The group is part of the 14th Combat Support Hospital, which redeployed in June 2010. The 926th returned from their last deployment in July 2008 after 15 months overseas.
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In many redeployment ceremonies, the soldiers and their families leave afterward. The 926th, however, presented gifts and certificates to the family readiness leaders and wives who gave birth while their husbands were deployed, Jackson said.
“They’re very bonded,” Jackson added. “It’s a very tight-knit group.”