Angela Konerman shed a lot of tears March 1 in anticipation of a welcome home ceremony at Fort Gordon's Gym 3.
"I'm super excited," said Konerman as she waited for the arrival of the 35th Military Police Detachment Forward and her husband, Sgt. Thomas Konerman, who had been deployed to the Middle East since March 2006.
The unit was the first of its kind - a modular law and order detachment comprised of soldiers from Fort Gordon, Fort Jackson, S.C.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Knox. Ky.; Fort Lee, Va.; and Fort Monroe, Va.
Under the Training and Doctrine Command, the unit was formed in January 2006. It was charged with three critical missions - law and order operations on Bagram Airfield, law and order in Kabul and operating the largest U.S. Customs center in the theater of war, according to a news release.
"Your performance is absolutely outstanding," said Brig. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, Fort Gordon's commanding general. "Fort Gordon is very proud and appreciative of all you've done."
One of the highlights of the unit's deployment was designing a new U.S. customs pre-clearance facility that is under construction and scheduled to be completed in the spring.
Also part of their customs' duties was training and certifying more than 200 military police to perform customs' pre-clearance.
"What each of you has accomplished has brought a great deal of pride to all of us," said Strong.
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