If not for the coronavirus, the summer of 2021 would make a perfect time for a Nevada Army Guard statewide reunion.
For the first time since August 2019, all Nevada Army Guard units are home or are set to be home within days following international deployments.
The last unit to return to the Silver State is Bravo Company, 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion. The final group of Bravo Company Soldiers is set to arrive back in Nevada around Independence Day. Forty-six of the unit’s approximately 140 Soldiers already returned in April. They spent the majority of the past year supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait and neighboring countries working on nodal and extension communications.
At the height of the deployment surge, five units including more than 210 Soldiers were participating in international deployments on three continents.
In addition to Bravo Company, the units that recently returned included:
* 3665th Explosive Ordnance Company based in Henderson supported Operation Freedom’s Sentinel from 2019-2020
* Two rotations of G Company, 2/238th based in Reno deployed to Afghanistan from 2019-2020 to provide medical evacuation capabilities to the region
* The Soldiers and Chinook helicopters of B Company, 1/189 th Aviation served in Kuwait and neighboring countries from 2019-2020 to support the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade in the region
* Detachment 3, Company B, 2/641st Aviation spent the majority of 2020 in Africa providing personnel and cargo transport aboard its fixed-wing aircraft
* The 757 th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion spent 10 months of 2020 in Poland supporting European Command’s Operation Assured Response and the Defender 2020 exercise.
The Army Guard homecoming is set to continue through the conclusion of 2021, as no Army Guard units are set to exit the state for the remainder of the year.