It’s been almost 13 months since Shawnie Salgado’s husband deployed to Iraq. That’s 13 of loneliness. Thirteen months of juggling work and motherhood. Thirteen months of apprehension every time someone knocked on the door or called in the middle of the night.
Those 13 months ended Saturday.
Her husband, Capt. Joseph Salgado, and 110 other members of an advance party of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division returned to Fort Lewis, and enthusiastic friends and family members greeted the returning warriors.
The advance party consists of soldiers from each of the brigade’s battalions and companies. They returned early to help prepare the redeployment of the brigade’s remaining 3,500-4,000 soldiers, who will be coming home in the upcoming months.
Hundreds filled bleachers at Sheridan Gym for the ceremony. A live video feed projected onto a large screen on one of the gymnasium’s walls followed the return of the troops, beginning with footage of their commercial charter jet landing at McChord Air Force Base.