155th ABCT Soldiers Returning Home from Kuwait
Lt. Col. Christian Patterson, APR+M and 1st Lt. Terry Hill II
|The families of Sgt. Baron Carwyle, of Pontotoc, and Staff Sgt. Mike Chism, of Corinth, welcome home their Soldier, Feb. 18, 2019 at Thompson Field in Flowood. Carwyle, with the 2d Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment, and Chism, with the 1st Battalion, 98th Cavalry Regiment, were among approximately 250 Soldiers of the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team returning home from Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The two flights Monday were the first in a series with approximately 3,000 brigade personnel returning home this spring. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes)
|JACKSON, Miss. --
Hundreds of 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team Soldiers returned to Mississippi in late February 2019 after serving in Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
The entire unit of more than 3,000 troops has been mobilized for approximately one year and will be stateside by the end of March.
"There's a certain standard that the active duty [component] holds us to," said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi. "I can tell you we've exceeded all of those standards. We can be very proud of the men and women of the 155th ABCT."
Brigade personnel are arriving initially at Fort Bliss, Texas to conduct demobilization operations. Once these activities are complete, they're flying to the 172d Airlift Wing in Flowood, Mississippi and closing the chapter on a successful deployment to the Middle East.
"I am so proud of this brigade," said Col. Robert D. Ferguson, 155th ABCT commander. "The work we have done throughout the U.S. Central Command Theater has directly contributed to regional stability and enhanced the capabilities of our partners here in the Middle East."
The 155th is the first National Guard ABCT to assume the Operation Spartan Shield mission. The assignment is a combined forces contingency operation designed to deter and react to possible threats in the Middle East region. During the deployment, the 155th ABCT has contributed support to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), participated in numerous Theater Security Cooperation exercises, and operated in 13 countries throughout the U.S. Central Command operations area.
"We have continued to exceed expectations," said Ferguson. "Whether it was drawing more than 15,000 pieces of Army Prepositioned Stock or maintaining a force that was ready to 'fight tonight' if needed."
The 155th brigade will conduct a transfer of authority at Camp Buehring, Kuwait in late March with 3rd ABCT, 4th Infantry Division, an active duty unit based at Fort Carson, Colorado.