Local Soldier Returns Home From Iraq
Soldiers and family members of the New York Army National Guard’s 206th Military Police Company, including one Rockaway resident, will gather for their unit’s “Freedom Salute” at the Desmond Hotel in Latham this weekend following their return from Iraq.
The ceremony, to be held on Saturday, September 11, is the culmination of the unit’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, designed to help soldiers and families deal with the stress of returning from a combat zone.
Specialist Andrew D. Hasson from Rockaway Park, completed the Reintegration Program with the unit Freedom Salute ceremony, honoring the service of the soldiers, the commitment of the families and the support of the community.
More than 160 members of the 206th Military Police Company entered Active Duty in June of 2009 and deployed to Basra, Iraq in August 2009. While there, the 206th helped train Iraqi police officers and assisted in providing security for Iraqi parliamentary elections held in March 2010.
The company is headquartered in Latham but has soldiers assigned from all areas of New York. In addition to the Capital District, soldiers from the New York City, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Utica, Auburn, Hornell, Rochester, Binghamton and Buffalo areas deployed with the unit.