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Miami Army Reserve Soldiers return from Afghanistan

September 18, 2012

By Janette Chandler, 841st Engineer Battalion

MIAMI, Fla. -- The 841st Engineer Battalion honored approximately 100 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers returning from Afghanistan with a Welcome Home Ceremony here at Miami Dade College North Campus, Sept. 16.

U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen served as guest speaker and was accompanied by her husband andformer Army Ranger, Dexter Lehtinen.

Six Soldiers were awarded Bronze Star and 108 received Army Commendation medals. Several others received Combat Action Badges.

The 841st oversaw 263 route clearance missions, 75 combat security missions, 35 logistics distribution missions, fixed over 400 pieces of equipment, and managed more than 60 construction projects, one of which included the newly dedicated Camp John Pratt, the largest troop-based construction project in the region.

Members of the unit also trained ANA engineers, conducted route clearance operations, public works projects, equipment maintenance support operations, logistics distribution operations, information operations, and coordinated and cooperated on missions with international coalition forces from Germany, Sweden and Norway.

The 841st was one of the first engineer battalions to launch multiple successful direct messaging campaigns aimed at Afghan civilians and promoting the credibility and expertise of the Afghan engineers. Campaigns included flyers, billboards, radio messaging, commercials on Afghan TV and direct meetings with village leaders.

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