Black Jack

Capt. Devon Zillmer holds his daughter, Esther, who will soon be 3, after returning home to Fort Hood from Korea with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.

FORT HOOD — Soldiers from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, returned home from South Korea on Sunday.

The brigade commander, Col. Steve Adams, and brigade senior enlisted advisor Command Sgt. Maj. William Justice uncased the unit’s colors on Fort Hood’s Cooper Field late Sunday, signaling the unit’s return home after completing a nine-month regularly scheduled rotation of soldiers to the Republic of Korea.

Col. Matthew Cody, the 1st Cavalry Division chief of staff, welcomed the troopers home.

“To our magnificent ‘Black Jack’ troopers, all the command teams, welcome home,” Cody said. “We are incredibly proud of you.”

Capt. Devon Zillmer, a company commander in 1st Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, said the deployment was all about training.

“A lot of what we did was training, just making sure we maintained readiness, but also present just to deter anything from happening,” he said.

Zillmer also said he’s looking forward to spending time with and helping his wife, Rachel, to raise their 2-year-old daughter Esther and 1-year-old son Lawrence.

“Not being there (home) to help was tough,” Zillmer said.

Rachel said the most difficult part of being apart was not having the extra set of hands at home.

“During the day it was fine, I have friends and there are a lot of services there to help,” she said. “But, it’s the evenings that are the hardest.”

Spc. Ebenezer Fynn, a logistics specialist from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, said the deployment was a good experience.

“We were there to train and did our job to perfection and I learned a lot,” Fynn said. “It’s my first time going on a rotation and I’m proud to be a part of ‘Black Jack.’”

The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team transferred authority to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division during a ceremony at Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea, on Feb. 23, according to the unit’s Facebook page.

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Part and parcel of being a soldier, deployments. Back in the day, others did it for far less money, no internet, a few old movies, AFR (if you could get it). Some fought wars for $20 bucks a month, others for about 50 bucks month, and me for about 73 bucks a month. Some of the guys I soldiered with were drafted, and they did their bit. I celebrate heroes and heroism, duty is just that, duty. You do it, and move on.

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