Charles Wakole and Robert Jackson Return Home

July 13, 2010 –

MAYETTA:  After being away from their family and friends for almost a year, tribal members Charles Wakole and Robert Jackson returned home today and were honored in a welcome home ceremony for the Kansas National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery at Hayden High School in Topeka, Kan.


The National Guard unit was part of a Multinational Force and Observers mission that was stationed in the Egyptian Sinai.  The purpose of the mission was to help supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace.


Wakole and Jackson are members of We-Ta-Se American Legion Post #410.  This was the second tour of duty for both men having first toured with Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Several Prairie Band members and We-Ta-Se veterans attended today’s ceremony that featured remarks from Major Andrew Parker, Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery and Colonel Lee Tafanelli, Commander-Kansas Army National Guard.


Wakole and Jackson have been gone since July 22. Their unit includes citizen-soldiers from Bravo HQ in Horton, Detachment 1 in Holton, and Detachment 2 in Atchison who were also reunited today with family and friends.

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Today’s Welcome Home ceremony held at Hayden High School in Topeka, Kan.

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Charles Wakole (in military uniform) with his family.

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Robert Jackson (in uniform) with his family.

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Robert with Cecelia “Meeks” Jackson.

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Charles Wakole hugging his loved ones.

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Robert meets his family right after getting off the bus.