Ceremony welcomes 'Well Drillers' home from Africa

Posted December 5, 2008 7:42 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2008 8:00 p.m. EST

— Family and friends will gather to welcome home members of the 1133rd Engineer Detachment “Well Drillers” of the North Carolina Army National Guard Saturday.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 525 S. Broad St.

Ten soldiers were returning from a year-long deployment to Djbouti as part of a humanitarian and military mission to the Horn of Africa.

"For their distinguished efforts and contributions to the cause of freedom and humanitarian relief, this unit is regarded as one of the most productive well-drilling units to have ever deployed to the Horn of Africa," May. Matt Handley said, in a release.

The soldiers drilled five wells, repaired four others and installed two solar panels. They also poured concrete for floors at an orphanage and distributed donations of supplies and clothing.