37th Finance Detachment Welcomed Back to Lexington Avenue Armory
Story by: NYG Pfc. Ubon Mendie - New York Guard Public Affairs Office
Dated: Thu, Jul 22, 2010
1st Lt. Andrew King 37th Finance Detachment executive officer shakes hands with his uncle Mark Cunningham.
King, an Astoria NY native, has been deployed for 13 months along with 25 others in Iraq. (Photo by NYG PFC Ubone Mendie)
New York City -- The 37th Finance Detachment is Back.
On July 22, the 37th returned home from a 13-month mobilization supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“We are the money men,” said 1st Lt. Andrew King 37th Finance Detachment executive officer. “Most importantly 26 left and 26 came back.
During the deployment the 37th was tasked with providing financial support for over 20,000 seamen, sailors, Marines and Department of Defense civilian employees in southern Iraq.
The team has been back in the states since Sunday night, following the troops’ self dubbed freedom flight to Atlanta. The soldiers then connected to Philadelphia and were then bused to Ft. Dix, where they completed post deployment in-processing.
After completing Debriefs it was back to home base -- the Lexington Armory.
“You’re back home from a job well done, but the hard part of your mission has just begun,” said Lt. Col. Norman Easy, deputy brigade commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade. “Statistically, more soldiers die during post deployment than do in combat, so looking after your battle buddy does not stop now.”
Easy said a strong soldier needs to take time in adjusting to being back stateside.