About 25 soldiers belonging to the 271st Human Resources Company of the Caribbean Geographical Command of the Army Reserve returned to Puerto Rico today, after being displaced in Afghanistan for a period of nine months.
The soldiers were reportedly quarantined in the United States before traveling to the island.
Ámbar M. Báez, a native of Ponce, went early to the Luis Muñoz Marín de Carolina airport, with a crosswalk, to receive her husband, Sergeant Alejandro Hernández Burgos. “I haven’t seen him since February. The minutes are long, eternal ”.
Once he left the terminal, Hernández hugged his wife tightly.
“I am very happy to be back on the island together with my family. Thank God we carried out a mission without major setbacks. Mission accomplished. Now to eat guanimo with cod, ”Hernández said, referring to the special dish he had asked his wife.
Meanwhile, General Jeffrey W. Jurasek, the highest ranking Army officer at the federal level in the Caribbean, officially welcomed the troops.
“I am very proud of the mission that they carried out in Afghanistan. Without a doubt, with your return, you show the caliber of people you are and how you fulfill your mission despite difficulties, ”said Jurasek.
With approximately 5,000 soldiers, the United States Army Reserve in Puerto Rico has units in Aguadilla, Mayagüez, Yauco, Ponce, Juana Diaz, Ceiba, Salinas, Puerto Nuevo, the Virgin Islands and its headquarters at Fort Buchanan.
The group of soldiers specialized in military postal operations, were in charge of supervising the mail contracts of the United States in Afghanistan.