Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Archive

June 6, 2008

Coming home—833rd Engineer Company set to return Saturday

OTTUMWA — After a year on active duty, the 833rd Engineer Company is heading home.

Jaque Bookin-Nosbisch, wife of 833rd Sgt. 1st Class Sam Nosbisch, said there is one overriding emotion at her home: “Relief,” that her husband would soon be home.

But she was still waiting on word from the military.

“Wait, I just got an e-mail,” she said. Nosbisch paused for a couple seconds to read the message. “Yay! It’s official.”

Even before that message, though, she said she was “really excited” to know the unit was back.

“We’re just ecstatic,” she said, “ready to get our lives back on track.”

“Has it only been a year?” Rep. John Whitaker asked jokingly. You could hear the smile in his voice. His son, Gabe, is among the soldiers who will arrive at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hellyer Center on the Indian Hills Community College campus.

Another soldier’s father was at the Ottumwa VFW post when he found out. Dave Handling’s face softened as he broke into a wide grin. He’s ready to see Derek, the son he calls “my hero.

“We didn’t know if it was going to be Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

The first indications of a homecoming for the 833rd came a week ago, and it initially looked like the unit would return on Sunday. For family, moving up the return by a day is an awful lot better than moving it back.

Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood said the last of the 833rd soldiers arrived at Fort McCoy, Wis., around 9 p.m. Monday. The five-day turnaround for getting the soldiers processed and back home is within the Army’s normal schedules, according to Hapgood, but still impressive given the number of soldiers that use Fort McCoy as a transit point.

Text Only
Features
AP Video
Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Air Force: $4.2B Saved From Grounding A-10s Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Raw: MN Lakes Still Frozen Before Fishing Opener Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should more time and money be invested in Knoxville's City Parks?

Yes
No
     View Results