The Army National Guard’s 1230th Transportation Company, Thomasville’s very own “Road Dawgs,” accomplished another important mission on Saturday. They returned home safely from Afghanistan.
Family members and friends of the group waved flags and signs to welcome home the 150-member unit at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Road Dawgs were deployed last July. They are part of the 265th Regional Support Group under the 78th Homeland Response Force of the Georgia National Guard.
All 150 soldiers marched onto the stadium turn in formation to celebrate their homecoming. The crowd cheered them on as they made their way to stand in front of their families and friends.
“First and foremost, welcome home. We thank all soldiers and their families for their sacrifices. We are proud of each and every one of you. Mission accomplished,” said Lt. Israel Ham, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander.
Thomasville Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Hobbs also addressed the soldiers and guests.
He said, “The storm yesterday let me know today was going to be a great day. May God continue to bless you.”
After the singing of “God Bless America,” Commander Capt. Brantley Lockhart spoke briefly.
“What an awesome day. We are home. There are two things I ask of you to take care of the troops now that they are home — watch over them and provide for them,” he said.
The soldier swere then reunited with their loved ones. Hugs, kisses and tears of joy and relief could be seen across the field.
For 10 months, the 1230th was commanded by Capt. Brantley Lockhart and 1st Sgt. Eric Roberson. It was the only transportation company in their sector of North Afghanistan. Each driver averaged more than 8,500 combat miles while supporting the retrograde and base closures in their area of coverage. In total, the unit exceeded 22,000 total troop mileage since ate August 2013.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.