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NAVELSG Port Group Foxtrot Returns

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Story Number: NNS071115-13
Release Date: 11/15/2007 1:30:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman (SW) Shanika L. Futrell, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Atlantic

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Reserve Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) Foxtrot returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 13, after completing a six-month deployment in Kuwait and Iraq.

During the deployment, Navy cargo handlers performed land and sea cargo-handling missions moving vehicles, tanks, and helicopters on and off ships in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"The cargo handlers facilitated all of the cargo coming and leaving the theater," said Rear Adm. Sharon Redpath, NAVELSG commander.

Foxtrot is comprised of 240 Sailors primarily from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 5, in Tacoma, Wash., and Portland, Ore.

"It was pretty good working over there with my fellow shipmates," said Storekeeper 2nd Class (FMF) Jesse Williams Sr. "We were moving heavy equipment getting everything squared away and correct the first time for our troops over there."

NAVELSG is an operational force of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and is organized and staffed to deliver expeditionary logistics capabilities with mobilization-ready Navy Reserve Force Sailors and equipment to theater commanders in support of the national military strategy.

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