Under a blazing noonday sun last Saturday, the local community saluted the 250 Winder-based national guardsmen who recently returned from a lengthy deployment to Afghanistan.
“We know you got back in the country here around Easter, but we wanted to wait until the temperature here resembled Afghanistan, and we added the humidity to hopefully ward off any dehydration problems you might have,” quipped state Rep. Terry England, who welcomed the troops on behalf of the Georgia General Assembly and House Speaker David Ralston.
“So we arranged this special for that.”
Winder’s temperature reached 89.6 degrees by noon Saturday and actually was hotter than in Kabul, Afghanistan, where the temperature reached only 86 degrees by noon the same day.
But the ceremony and cookout really were timed to coincide with the first post-deployment training weekend for the Headquarters and Echo companies of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 121st Infantry Regiment of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.