Colo. unit with most casaulties home from Iraq
FORT CARSON, Colorado ” Homecoming was especially sweet for 61 members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team ” the Fort Carson unit that has incurred the most causalities in Iraq.
For 15 months, Angelique Gonzales has been asking everyday about her father, the Gazette reported.
Holding his daughter’s hand, Sgt. Alfredo Gonzalez said, “I’m glad to be home. I miss my baby and my wife. It was not the first time that I was deployed, but this time was harder than the first.”
Like any child, of course, Angelique wanted to go play with the other children.
Staff Sgt. Nelson Grizales saw his two children and knew they would ignore protocol and coming run to him Wednesday in the Carson gym. He was right.
“It was wonderful to see them coming, but then I was thinking, ‘Aw man, I’m gonna be that guy,'” said Grizales, holding his children Isabella and Nicholas as his wife, Carolyn Grizales, kissed him on the cheek.
The unit has had the most casualties of any Fort Carson unit in its two tours since the Iraq war began in 2003. Of the post’s 225 deaths, 111 have been from the 2nd BCT, and it was remember with a moment of silence.
Sgt. Daniel Jordan Shaw, 23, of West Seneca, N.Y., was the most recent death, Nov. 5.
Shaw died in Taji, Iraq, when he was hit by an explosion while being evacuated from the city.
“It was a tough year for us,” Grizales said. “But the guys worked hard . . . and hopefully, things worked out.” He said his first priority, after his family, is a long shower.
Gonzales also wanted to clean up. But first he’s got to make up for missing his daughter’s birthday Saturday. Angelique said she wanted a car for her birthday. He said he’ll get her something nice. “Apparently, my wife got her a toy car,” he said.
The rest of the 3,700-soldier brigade will be returning in groups in December and early January.
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