FORT LEONARD WOOD — Fort Leonard Wood held a welcoming ceremony Wednesday for soldiers returning from Iraq.
Soldiers from the 13th and 512th Military Police companies came home to be reunited with their families and thanked for their service.
Many of the soldiers had not seen their families in more than a year, Fort Leonard Wood spokesman Jeff Maddy said.
“When we have our warriors return from a deployment, we always welcome them back,” Maddy said. “That was a shortcoming, if you will, of the Department of Defense during prior conflicts.”
The companies provided security to VIPs and state department personnel, including Gen. Ray Odierno, the commanding general for United States forces in Iraq.
The returning soldiers were responsible for training Iraqi military police.
Some members of the 512th Military Police Company will remain in Iraq until early 2011, according to a news release issued by the military.