A Lyerly woman is helping to coordinate a ceremony in Floyd County for returning Georgia National Guard Soldiers who are finishing up a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. Jan Johnson told the Rome-News Tribune that plans are for a March 4th ceremony in Rome to honor the soldiers – depending on how long processing takes.
The first group of returning soldiers from the 48th Infantry Brigad were scheduled to arrive on Tuesay at Ft. Stewart. Lt. Col. Ken Baldowski, a National Guard spokesman, says the remainder of the brigade’s 3,200 troops will arrive in waves through March and into April.
A small ceremony will be planned at the armory for the estimated 45 to 50 soldiers with the unit. Most of them are not from the Rome area according to Johnson.
Johnson’s son, Justin, was killed in action in Baghdad in 2004. Her other son Joshua was also in the military but has since entered civilian life. Johnson’s husband, Joe, just rejoined the National Guard after previous stints. He will be 53 in August and had to ask for a waiver to join.
Rome News Tribune