Guam – The second wave of the 600 soldiers that have been demobilizing in Mississippi are headed home this weekend.
Governor Eddie Calvo accompanied Guam National Guard Adjutant General Major General Benny Paulino to Camp Shelby on Sunday to see through the last of the soldiers.
Governor Calvo told the K-57 Breakfast Show this morning that the soldiers will leave Mississippi on Friday and arrive on Saturday, Guam time.
Maj. Gen. Paulino says the Guam soldiers received many accolades from dignitaries, civilian contractors and high ranking officers while the soldiers were in Afghanistan and now de-mobilizing.
The first wave of 280 soldiers arrived back on island just past midnight, this past Sunday. The process of integrating back into the community started immediately with GovGuam agencies working to help soldiers, especially those who will go unemployed, get back into the workforce.
Paulino says his concern a year ago was that some of the soldiers had joined right out of high school and hadn’t furthered their education or worked another job.
He says the unemployment compensation will be a big help:
The soldiers while on deployment laid some of the groundwork to begin the job hunt once back on Guam.