24 Aug 2009

American Samoa soldiers return from Kuwait deployment

1:11 pm on 24 August 2009

Reserve soldiers from American Samoa deployed to Kuwait last year to provide security protection for military convoys into Iraq are now expected to arrive back in the territory tomorrow.

The group was first scheduled to arrive last week but had its return delayed by maintenance problems at Fort Hood, Texas where the soldiers went through demobilisation.

Major John Adams with the local Army Reserve says 48 reservists from the territory will be returning home first.

The rest of the local reservists from the Bravo and Charlie companies are being held back for various reasons, including completing demobilisation and health checks.

Some 100 reservists from the territory were part of the deployment.