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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Garret Littrell: US Army

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Garrett is the son of Kathy & Gary Littrell (also a veteran), grandson of Jesse Littrell and great-grandson of John & Kizzie.

Garrett Littrell 

He recently returned from Kuwait were he was serving with the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade at  Camp Buehring (formerly Camp Udairi), Kuwait.
Components from Camp Buehring conducted joint exercises with the USS Benfold  in the Arabian Gulf. Garrett’s cousin (2nd cousin, once removed) Blane Scott Davis was stationed on the USS Benfold.

The areas surrounding Camp Buehring, known as the Udairi Range Complex, are largely uninhabited, save for a few nomadic Bedouin tribes raising camels, goats, and sheep.

35th Combat Aviation Brigade - Sedalia

Over 130 Soldiers from the brigade trained for 30 days in preparation for deployment. Training  included weapons qualification, mass casualty, media engagement, negotiations, movement operations, mine awareness, and much more. After completion of pre-mobilization, the Soldiers  continued training at Fort Hood, Texas, before traveling to Kuwait. File:35th Infantry Division SSI.svg

“The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade units fly AH-64A Apache attack helicopters, OH-58 Kiowa observation helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawks utility headquarters, C-23 Sherpa cargo plains and C-12 Huron transport planes. The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade deploys to an area of responsibility to provide command, control, staff planning and supervision of combat aviation brigade operations. The brigade's units are capable of performing unit, intermediate and depot-level aviation maintenance. Missouri is one of only five locations in the U.S. with the capability to perform depot-level aviation maintenance.”

While deployed (for 1 year), the brigade’s mission was to be the command and control headquarters for the aviation elements in Kuwait.

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted a ceremonial event, awarding the combat patch, while currently deployed to a combat theater Aug. 29, 2012 here at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
Awarding the combat patch or shoulder sleeve insignia to wear on the upper right shoulder of the Army combat uniform denotes the wartime service of the 35th CAB.
The 35th CAB was reorganized under the 35th ID, January 2009. This is a monumental achievement to be awarded the 35th ID “Santa Fe” patch. It symbolizes a unit with rich heritage and honor, as the veterans before were heroes and fought victorious over the German Nazis.
For many soldiers this is the first time they have been awarded a combat patch. It is a great tradition and as combat veterans the soldiers of the 35th CAB are authorized permanent wear of the SSI of 35th ID for as long as they wear the uniform.
The 35th CAB is stationed here in Kuwait to build and maintain partnerships in the region in order to support stability and security; it is the distinct honor to provide such service to our country and the great state of Missouri.
Follow the 35th CAB on Facebook .

35th CAB soldiers return home

Sedalia News-Journal (Sedalia, Missouri) May 1, 2013 Local

A total of 123 soldiers with the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade were welcomed home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1 after spending nearly a year deployed in Kuwait in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom.”

A brief, but special ceremony in their honor was held at 10:30 a.m. at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Guest speaker was Gov. Jay Nixon, who thanked the soldiers for their service. Maj. General Steve Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, also addressed the soldiers and thanked them for their sacrifices. Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn also attended the ceremony and welcomed the soldiers home just before they were reunited with their families.

Upon their arrival in Sedalia, the Missouri National Guard soldiers, led by Col. Mark L. McLemore, 35th CAB commander, were greeted and thanked by supporters lined up along Thompson Boulevard while three buses (two Arrow tour buses and one smaller bus), accompanied by Sedalia Police and combat vets riding motorcycles, made their way to the fairgrounds from Whiteman AFB.

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The above information is from: Military Role Call: The Littrell Family of Mississippi County, Missouri, The Littrell Family Journals Volume IV. (click here)
Littrell Family Veterans Video



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