Posted: Nov 23, 2011 10:08 AM by Press Release
Updated: Nov 23, 2011 10:10 AM
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard, Brigadier General Glenn Curtis to welcome home 120 Louisiana National Guard Soldiers from the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion who served a one-year deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Governor Jindal said, "This is a great day for these soldiers, their families, and our state. For one year, these brave men and women served our country with honor and distinction in Afghanistan. Many mothers and fathers have been away from their families for a long time - and it's a great day for their families who will get to enjoy Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers who won't be home for the holidays, and I look forward to the day when we welcome them home to Louisiana."
Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis said, "Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are the true credit for our Guard's ability to respond to the needs of our nation. The Soldiers of the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion performed superbly. Their high level of training and professionalism allowed them to accomplish every mission assigned" said Curtis. "Their hard work and dedication has proven time and again to be a critical element of our national defense."
Headquartered in Carville, the 415th was deployed to conduct analysis and counterintelligence operations throughout Afghanistan that were essential to counter-insurgency operations. The 415th has previously deployed as a Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the tactical human intelligence mission. Human intelligence teams supported units across the Iraq theater of operations with distinction and earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The 415th was led by Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Markus S. Lueder and Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Command Sergeant Major Robert Leonard.
The 415th has participated in many emergency operations/recovery operations for the state of Louisiana, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike and provided support to Task Force Gator and the NOPD. Many members of the 415th participated in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response effort.