The Lowells and the Petersens, seen above training at Camp Atterbury in Indiana, are just two of nine sets of brothers serving in Nevada’s 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry of the Nevada Army National Guard, which will be heading out in a few weeks for some of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.
From left, Selwyn Goldberg, Jack Cohen and Ed Kranson, all volunteers from Jewish War Veterans Post 65, are leading the effort to help local veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by sponsoring the “Welcome Home” event June 5 at the Gold Coast.
“It is held that valor is the chiefest virtue, and most dignifies the haver.”
On Saturday morning, after all the tearful goodbyes to family were over, buses left the Clark County Armory, taking more than 600 soldiers from Nevada’s 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry on the first leg of their year-long journey to the war front in Afghanistan.
Video of local soldier leaving
About 650 soldiers from Nevada’s 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry mobilized Friday for a tour in Afghanistan in what their commander says is the largest overseas deployment of Nevada National Guard troops in history.
The poignant photograph of a combat Marine paying his last respects to Cpl. William Salazar of Las Vegas speaks for itself.
The “Rolling Thunder” has returned from another tour of war-torn Iraq. To the cheers of family and friends, about 230 of the 300 Army Reserve soldiers from the Las Vegas-based 257th Transportation Company arrived Monday night at Nellis Air Force Base after a deployment in Iraq and Kuwait.
A soldier from Las Vegas died Jan. 17 when a helicopter he was riding in made a hard landing under combat conditions in the Konar Province of Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday.