Aviation Regiment returns from Kosovo
two soldiers from Logan County
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[March 07, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- There will be a
welcome home Saturday for approximately 150 members from Illinois
Army National Guard's 106th Aviation Regiment, returning from
deployment in Kosovo. Soldiers from the 106th Aviation companies in
Peoria, Decatur and Chicago, as well as two of our own from Logan
County -- David Last and James Cosby -- were mobilized in March 2008
as part of Kosovo Force 10.
CW-4 David Last flies Black Hawk helicopters and is the battalion
safety officer. He has been in the armed forces for over 30 years
and has been a pilot for most of those. David is married to Debra
and is the son of Doris and the late Dana Last of Hartsburg. He has
two daughters, Carrie, a senior at ISU, and Bethany, a sophomore at
LCHS. Last spent all of 2004 in Iraq with the 106th.
Cosby is a
recent graduate of Lincoln Community High School.
The Illinois Army National Guard sent soldiers to Kosovo as part
of Task Force Blackhorse, which is an element of Task Force Falcon.
The task force was one of five multinational brigade-sized elements
that made up the NATO-led force providing security and stability to
Kosovo. KFOR10 is a task force comprised of approximately 1,600
people who conduct peace enforcement operations.
During its deployment, Task Force Blackhorse flew more than 430
accident-free missions, including 282 air movement missions, 92
reconnaissance missions and 37 medevac missions. Additionally, the
soldiers assisted the people of Kosovo by adopting five schools and
two homeless shelters.
The soldiers and aircraft from the 106th Aviation returned from
Kosovo on Wednesday. The service members are expected to leave Camp
Atterbury, Ind., Saturday morning and arrive at three separate
locations around 9 a.m. for brief ceremonies. The ceremonies will be
at the Peoria Aviation Facility, 2323 Airport Road; Decatur Armory,
5550 Ocean Trail Road; and Midway Airport in Chicago.
[Text from file from the
Illinois Army National Guard]