By Pfc. Carl Havlik
166th Aviation Brigade public affairs
FORT DIX, N.J - Soldiers of Fort Hood's First Army Division West traveled east for a Sept. 3 welcome-home ceremony for Army Reserve soldiers they trained for a deployment to Iraq.
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 337th Aviation Regiment, 166th Aviation Brigade, trained and validated Bravo and Delta companies, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 244th Aviation Brigade - known as "Team Freight Train" - during their post-mobilization process.
The welcome home ceremony was held by the United Service Organizations at Fort Dix and also attended by members of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
The battalion, a heavy-lift Chinook unit headquartered in Fort Eustis, Va., just finished its second rotation to Iraq.
Originally assigned to work with the Marine aviation group in Western Iraq, its mission soon changed to working with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in U.S. Division-South, Iraq.
The unit's mission in U.S. South began Jan. 2 and ended Aug. 20. During that time, Team Freight Train flew 5,478 hours, carried 7,052,000 pounds of cargo - 552,000 of which were carried by external sling - and hauled 50,658 passengers.