Reporter’s notebook: National Guard unit comes home for holidays

These soldiers made it home just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

After 14 months spent in the nation’s capital, members of the 1-200th Air Defense Artillery Battalion arrived Wednesday in Fort Bliss, Texas, according to their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Alvarez. They received a four-day pass to visit their family and friends, he said.

“Our strategy was to get everyone home for Thanksgiving. We always have to give and take, but we planned (the arrival time) months ago. It is well deserved,” Alvarez said.

The National Guard Unit, also known as the Rough Riders, is comprised of 171 soldiers from Clovis and surrounding southeastern New Mexico towns, Alvarez said. The battalion completed its mission Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Alvarez said.

Another National Guard Unit has replaced them.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rick_white@link.freedom.com