The last man from Hill Air Force Base's 388th Tactical Fighter Wing deployed in the war against Iraq came home Tuesday.
He is Master Sgt. Jay White, who served during both Operation Desert Shield, the buildup prior to the start of the war, and Operation Desert Storm, which was the code name for the war itself. Upon arrival, White removed an ornament from a Christmas tree that was kept up at the wing's headquarters building."When Christmas came and everybody was gone, families brought the Christmas tree ornaments to be kept on the tree until everybody returned home," said Technical Sgt. George Bedsaul of the wing's public affairs office.
After White took his family's ornament from the tree, others removed theirs until it was stripped of decorations, symbolizing the return of the entire wing.
Meanwhile, Company C, 4th Light Armored Infantry Battalion of the Marine Reserves was scheduled to return to Tooele Army Depot on Wednesday afternoon. The company of about 100 Marines (which was temporarily renamed Company E, 2nd Light Armored Battalion), served with the 2nd Marine Division, Reinforced, in the Middle East war.
The other Marine reserves unit from Utah that was deployed during the war - Company F, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Regiment, 4th Marine Division - is still serving in Okinawa.