FORT HOOD — Jeremiah Gaillard spent nine months talking to his mom, Sgt. 1st Class Angel Gaillard, through a computer screen. When he finally saw her in person, the 8-year-old’s face lit up as he grabbed her arms, not wanting to let go.
Gaillard returned to Fort Hood on Tuesday after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait with the 13th Financial Management Support Center, 13th Sustainment Command.
“It’s been so long since I’ve seen (my two boys),” Gaillard said, during a homecoming ceremony Tuesday at the command’s Soldier Ministry Center. “I just wanted to run and grab them.”
In Kuwait, the 31 soldiers in the unit managed more than $100 million and provided support to five countries in the region.
Col. Eric Zellars, commander, said he was proud of their accomplishments.
“(These soldiers) have represented what is best about our nation and what is great about our people,” he said. “They have pushed themselves beyond their natural limits to accomplish their mission of providing financial management support to more than 90,000 service members, Department of Defense civilians and contractors.”
Back home, Zellars said family readiness groups helped support children while their parents were deployed.
Gaillard’s son, Jerome, 11, said he missed spending time with his mom.
“It’s really sad,” he said. “I missed her caring for us.”
Despite being separated from her family five times during past tours in Korea, Guantanamo Bay and Haiti, Gaillard said she wants to set a good example for her two boys.
“It’s always hard, but not an excuse to not be where the Army needs me to be,” she said.