RIO RANCHO, NM – Approximately 30 soldiers from the 3631st Signal Company have been reunited with their families, ending a deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
The soldiers have spent the past 10 months away from home carrying out their duties as communications experts, from maintaining signals equipment to providing radio support for the 36th Sustainment Brigade. the Texas National Guard and other forces in the region.
While the unit was relatively small, their responsibilities and expertise were critical to the mission success of the 36th SB and its subordinate units.
Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Cordova, who was deployed as a cable systems installer-maintainer, brought experience from four previous deployments to the unit.
“Being in a supervisory role was my main function, just taking care of the teams and the soldiers,” Cordova said. “They did a lot of maintenance. We worked a lot with our equipment to make sure it worked properly when needed.”
Many soldiers had never been deployed or spent so long away from their families.
1st Lt. Elrond Wedel, who commanded the deployed soldiers, had been activated once before to support the state’s COVID-19 response, but had not deployed overseas. He left behind his wife, Sheree, and three daughters during the mission.
“I didn’t think we could see it for Thanksgiving,” Sheree said. “We just wanted to give him a hug and see him again. It was really difficult at first because we knew it would be long, but we could communicate by video and we spent a lot of family time to pass the time. more fast.”