FT MYER, Va. (WUSA) The US Army's Old Guard is the nations's longest serving infantry unit and 124 of its warriors returned from Iraq after a historic one year deployment.
The soldiers, part of C company, 1st Battalion, 3rd US Infantry Company, were warmly received late saturday evening by their spouses, children and parents during an emotional ceremony at Fort Myer in Arlington. After the official part of the ceremony concluded the soldiers were mobbed by their loved ones eager to show their affection after a year long separation.
The troops' mission included providing security for one of three Iraqi prisons still under US control. It was also a historic deployment for the unit which has served the nation since 1784. Old Guard soldiers conducted combat patrols throughout the area. It was the first time Old Guard units carried out such duties since World War II.
The Old Guard is a tactical infantry regiment that also serves as the Army's official ceremonial troops and escort to the president.
Written by Armando Trull 9 NEWS NOW