Alaska National Guard engineers return from Middle East deployment

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - Seven Alaska Army National Guardsmen from the 297th Regional Support Group’s 208th Construction Management Team returned home July 12 following a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

“Our team completed over 30 projects and identified over 40 additional major initiatives,” said Lt. Col. Mark Kelliher, 208th CMT commander. “Additionally, we were the first DPW for Jordan with the unique task of establishing policies, procedures and processes to assure that the locations served met the needs of the warfighter in addition to being safe and environmentally sound.”

The unit, augmented with three Soldiers from the Arizona National Guard’s 198th Regional Support Group, served as the Directorate of Public Works for eight locations throughout Area Support Group-Jordan’s region of operations.

The unit provided base camp master planning, construction quality assurance, inspections for environmental and electrical, fire and structural safety compliance, and program and project management to include facility maintenance.

While deployed, the Area Support Group-Jordan recognized two Guardsmen in the DWP section for their Scorpion of the month program, which selects a Soldier for a job well done. The Alaska and Arizona Guardsmen also received four Meritorious Service Medals and six Army Commendation Medals for exemplary service.

The unit is scheduled for a change of command ceremony and Yellow Ribbon Event, a program that reintegrates military members with their families, communities and employers upon redeployment, in September.

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