Guardsmen coming home soon

KAPA’A — Major General Robert Lee was extremely happy to be on Kaua’i yesterday, the bearer of the great news that the Kaua’i citizen-soldiers with the Hawaii Army National Guard will be coming home soon, and sooner than expected.

Lee, grand marshal for the annual Kaua’i Veterans Day Parade, said the Kaua’i guardsmen, now with the 299th Brigade, 2nd Battalion, Alpha Company, are still in harm’s way, and are instrumental in keeping others in Iraq safe.

They will be home by January, he said.

“The local soldiers are playing a major role in Iraq. They are serving in a tough area,” Lee said. But, since they arrived, this is one of the safest areas on the road.

They are serving in an area between Bahgdad and the airport, an area that was not safe to travel prior to the group members arriving to their posts.

Lee’s aide de camp, who is currently serving in Iraq, relayed a tale to the general while home on leave. He said the “postal system is put off by the Hawai’i soldiers because they have to work so hard.”

Whenever the mail arrives, the Hawai’i troops receive 10 times more mail than anyone else, Lee said as he thanked the people for their support of Hawai’i soldiers overseas.

Lee announced that, in a couple of months, the soldiers will be returning home, as he said the soldiers should be here some time in January, 2006.

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