The PGR has been invited to help welcome home approx. 50 soldiers of Alpha A Troop, 1-112 Cav of the Texas National Guard after a 10 month deployment to Iraq. This mission will be an accompaniment from the Austin airport (ABIA) to the Guard Armory in Taylor, TX.
Date/Time: Sunday, 08 August 2010. Flight arrival via SWA charter is expected at 8:30 am.
Staging Location: We will stage at the US Postal facility at ABIA.
Directions: From TX 71, take the ABIA CARGO exit and turn south onto Spirit of Texas Dr. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Freight Lane. Stay left at the fork and continue to USPS facility parking lot, which is on the right at the dead end. Map link: tinyurl.com/ABIAPostal
7:00 – 7:30 am staging
7:30 am briefing
7:45 am (approx), relocation from the staging area to the terminal/tarmac, pending ABIA approval.
Wx: Mostly sunny, low 76, high near 100. Please remember to bring multiple bottles of drinking water. The flag/water truck will not be present.
Notes: The soldiers will de-plane onto the tarmac to waiting buses. The LEO escorted procession will then depart for the 60 mile trip to the Guard Armory at 1411 N. Main in Taylor. The route will be determined by the organizers. If we end up on the toll road, individual riders are responsible for their toll charges. This is a procession only, with no intermediate stops, and no flag line.
Great mission yesterday. We had 23 bikes and a cage. Andy got us out onto the tarmac again, and we got to be the first to shake hands with all these guys after they set foot in central Texas after 10 months in the sandbox. A lot of fun.
We had a number of VROC members who rode the mission. One of them, Mike "Chico" Garcia, shot this great video. Watch it to the end to catch the folding of the 50 ft flag. Thanks Chico!