Schmid’s time in Kuwait was his fourth deployment, which is never quite the same as the previous deployment, he said.
“Every trip is different,” he said. “There’s different soldiers with different reactions ... I have 34 years in now so I know what to look for.”
Schmid said the PA National Guard has learned to adapt into an organization which teaches young soldiers all about returning to civilian life and the options available to them.
“We teach them to how to be careful,” he said.
But for the returning soldiers Friday, the only thing on their mind for the moment was enjoying the moment.
“I am so glad to back here,” Imholte said.