NAPLES, Italy – Thirty-two Soldiers and one Sailor from 2nd NATO Signal Battalion, Deployable Communications Module, Alpha Company (DCM-A), attached to Joint Forces Command (JFC) Naples, returned home after a scheduled 6-month deployment to Afghanistan here, Aug. 12.
The Soldiers and Sailor were taken by bus to the Naval Support Activity Naples Support Site bowling center where they were greeted by family, friends and fellow comrades.
“My husband came back from deploying with the Army,” said Kimberley Gosart, wife of Chief Electronics Technician (WARFARE) Michael Gosart. “I’m glad that he’s home. This is our fourth deployment and after the first few ones, the initial butterflies in your stomach start to go away a whole lot sooner.”
Gosart is the only sailor to deploy with DCM-A. This homecoming marks the completion of his fourth deployment.
“I deployed with my Army unit and we ran communications for headquarters International Security Assistance Force (ISAF),” said Gosart. “We ran all the computers for ISAF communications, and for Commanding Generals Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen. There was a lot going on but overall it was a good deployment.”
ISAF is NATO’s international security force, established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001.
DCM-A is part of a regular rotation of companies stationed at JFC, tasked with providing communications for Command Joint 6 in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as all NATO communications for headquarters in support of joint operations in Afghanistan.
“It feels great to be back,” said Master Sgt. John Keenan, a Soldier deployed with DCM-A. “It was a long 6-month deployment but it was very successful and we had a great time. I’m glad that everybody came back safe and sound.”
For more information about DCM-A, U.S. Army Armed Forces Southern Europe, visit http://www.usanato.army.mil/AFSOUTH/Units/A%20CO/index.html.