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Sgt. Angel Perez-Perez hugs his daughters -- 6-year-old Isabel and 2-year-old Katelyn Perez-Marrero -- just after a 54th Quartermaster Company redeployment ceremony Nov. 25 at the Post Field House. Perez-Perez was one of 44 members of the 54th to return to Fort Lee from a six-month tour in Kuwait and Afghanistan where they performed mortuary affairs missions. The 54th is an element of the Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.

FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 27, 2013) -- Forty-four Fort Lee Soldiers are home to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

The group, members of the 54th Quartermaster Company, spent six months at locations in Southwest Asia, returning to the installation Monday via cheers, hugs and kisses during a redeployment ceremony at the Post Field House.

A crowd of roughly 250 family members, friends and fellow Soldiers were on hand to greet the returnees during the evening ceremony. It included members of the installation leadership and Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, the unit’s higher headquarters located at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The 54th, one of only two active duty mortuary affairs units in the Army, performed mortuary missions in Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As such, it is assigned deployments on a rotational basis with its sister unit, the 111th QM Co., also based here.