Bratt Soldier Returns Home After Tour Of Duty

August 8, 2012

A Bratt soldier was welcomed home Tuesday morning at the Pensacola International Airport after a year deployment to Iraq and Kuwait. SFC Chad Wiedel served the tour of duty with the Florida Army National Guard’s 1-111th Aviation Battalion of Jacksonville.

Wiedel  was welcomed back from deployment by his wife Annie, daughters Joselynn and Rebecca, son Chris and other family members. exclusive photos, click to enlarge.


31 Responses to “Bratt Soldier Returns Home After Tour Of Duty”

  1. Janice on August 10th, 2012 7:13 pm

    God Bless you for your service to this country, Chad! Annie and the children have missed you sooooo much! My daughter, Chelsea was there for Joselynn as much as she could. Her Uncle Shaw also served, and his homecoming was indescribable!!! The photos are so touching, ANNIE- I luv you!!!

  2. Janice Day on August 9th, 2012 4:59 pm

    Welcome home, Sgt Wiedel. Thanks so much for your service to this great country of ours and thanks to you and your family for you great sacrifices. I don’t know you but I used to work with Annie @ FNB. God bless you and your family.

    Janice Day

  3. Annienchad on August 9th, 2012 10:26 am

    Welcome home Chad ! I’m so happy for you all ! Annie has missed you terribly ! She can finally quit crying all over FB !! LOL HAPPY FOR YOU ALL !

  4. Charlotte on August 9th, 2012 10:05 am

    Welcome home soldier and God Bless You, and your family, and tks for keeping us safe

  5. 429SCJ on August 9th, 2012 6:11 am

    Welcome Home Sergeant Wiedel. A special thanks to you and your family.

  6. Harriet & William on August 8th, 2012 11:00 pm


  7. MLG on August 8th, 2012 8:44 pm

    These photos so vividly remind me of the day (August 17, 1969) that my husband returned from Vietnam. Can truly say I share your blessings of a safe return and the feeling of happiness that has lingered with me for 43 years. Thanks for serving this country. God bless you and yours.

  8. Retired Florida Army National Guard on August 8th, 2012 8:14 pm

    Trace Adkins sings, “We were in the fields of Vietnam, the mountains of Afghanistan.” Sgt, you exemplify the mission of the modern soldier. I have friends names engraved on the “Wall.” Some were in the Florida National Guard in the early 1960’s. Americans should always remember that “all gave some, some gave all.” Thank you for your service Sergeant!

  9. Jessica on August 8th, 2012 12:50 pm

    Welcome home and thank you goes not only to you, but to your wonderful family as well.

  10. missyprissy on August 8th, 2012 11:54 am

    Welcome home!! Thank you for your service and I praise your family for their sacrifice as well. So glad you are home, safe and sound.

  11. Delaney on August 8th, 2012 11:52 am

    Welcome home Uncle Chad!!!!
    I love you!!!!

  12. Henry Coe on August 8th, 2012 11:12 am

    Welcome Home Soldier!!!!!!! Thank you for your service to our country!

  13. Army Wife on August 8th, 2012 10:56 am

    Welcome Home Soldier!!
    Thank you for your service and thank you to your wife for I know what she goes through each day!

  14. just me on August 8th, 2012 9:46 am

    Welcome Home Soldier and Thank You for your Service!

  15. katie on August 8th, 2012 9:18 am

    Welcome Home! thankyou for your service!

  16. Papa Rabbit on August 8th, 2012 8:39 am

    Welcome Home Sir! God Bless and THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  17. Laura on August 8th, 2012 8:39 am

    Welcome Home Chad! Thank you for your service! God Bless You!

  18. Ron Cotton on August 8th, 2012 7:43 am

    THANKS for your service, Welcome Home !, God Bless.

  19. Joyce on August 8th, 2012 7:37 am

    Thank you and God bless you and your family for all of your sacrifices for our freedom!
    You are one of the Best of the Best!
    Welcome home soldier!!!!

  20. Tom Sanders on August 8th, 2012 7:35 am

    Welcome back man. Thanks for the friendship, I will see you when I get home.

  21. ProudarmyParent on August 8th, 2012 7:33 am

    Welcome home!

  22. hallboy on August 8th, 2012 7:28 am

    Chad, welcome home and thank you and your family for the sacrifice you all have made for our freedom of our country!

  23. Packy Mitchell on August 8th, 2012 7:27 am

    WELCOME HOME SOLDIER!!! We all thank YOU for your service and sacrifice for your country and are especially happy to see you reunite with your wonderful family!!!!

  24. bigR on August 8th, 2012 7:18 am

    thank you so much for your service and i’m glad you made it home safe

  25. Tammy on August 8th, 2012 7:14 am

    Welcome Home! Glad to have you back!

  26. tallyho on August 8th, 2012 7:07 am

    Thank you for your service from me and my family.

  27. Steve on August 8th, 2012 7:03 am

    Welcom Home,

  28. Fred on August 8th, 2012 6:52 am

    Welcome back Mr Wiedel and thank you for your service!!

  29. V. Baggett on August 8th, 2012 6:33 am

    Thank you, Sir, for your service to our country. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed!

  30. Paul on August 8th, 2012 5:08 am

    My family and I thank you for your service! Welcome Home!

  31. shannon on August 8th, 2012 2:47 am

    Welcome home and THANK YOU for what you do for us and our country!!!

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