Illinois soldiers return safely to Joliet

August 22, 2009 3:46:52 PM PDT
Fifteen soldiers with the Illinois National Guard were home Saturday after a one-year tour of duty in Afghanistan.The Joliet-based soldiers served in the 33rd Infantry Brigade combat team and were honored at a ceremony in Robbins Saturday.

The soldiers, along with eight others who were based in downstate Mount Vernon, provided logistical, medical and transportation support in combat areas near Kabul.

"They served at a time that was extremely pivotal for this country, and history will mark your performance," said Col. Christopher Lawson of the U.S. Army.

"I'm so happy. I'm glad to see my mother, my girlfriend, my aunt, my family, my cousin. I'm just glad to see them all," said Michael Quartillo of the Illinois National Guard.

The military says the team successfully completed more than 1,000 combat logistic patrol missions without a single casualty.


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