More Local National Guard Troops Arrive in Ft. Stewart

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

It was only supposed to ³
³ take one day to reunite 700 ³
³ national guard troops with ³
their families. ³
³ Instead the homecoming ³
³ has stretched over four ³
³ days, and still some ³
³ families have yet to be ³
³ reunited with their ³
³ soldiers. ³
But the waiting game came ³
³ to an end for at least 70 ³
³ guardsmen. ³
³
³ About 50 soldiers from ³
³ the 3rd Battalion's, 124th ³
Infantry Headquarters ³
Company from Panama City ³
³ arrived at Fort Stewart early Monday afternoon, along ³
³ with more than 20 members of ³
³ the Charlie Company, based ³
³ in Chipley. ³
³ But not all have been as ³
³ lucky as these 70 troops. ³
³ One local mother ³
³ doesn't even know if ³
³ her son will be back in time ³
³ for homecoming celebrations ³
³ back in the Panhandle. ³
³ Sharon McMahon says while ³
³ the National Guard ³
³ told her her son, Chris ³
³ Martin, would be in Ft. ³
³ Stewart last Friday her son ³
³ called over the weekend ³
³ and told her he was still in ³
³ Iraq.
As of Monday night Martin is ³
³ flying to another base ³
³ stateside and should be home ³
³ by Tuesday night. ³
³ The National Guard says ³
³ all of the 700 troops ³
³ should be home in the next ³
³ couple of days.
Meanwhile people in Panama City are ³
³ coming together to give the ³
³ guardsmen a true heroes ³
³ homecoming. ³
³ ³
³ Clear Channel Radio ³
³ is passing out yellow ³
³ ribbons and American flags ³
³ at the Panama City ³
³ Mall Tuesday from 6a.m. until ³
³ 9a.m. and then in the ³
³ afternoon from 3 to ³
³ 6. ³
³ They'll also be in ³
³ Chipley in front of the ³
³ Stage Store off of Highway ³
³ 77 at the same time. ³
³ And the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to ³
³ decorate the route the ³
³ guardsmen will take to the ³
³ local armory.


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