Tribe Honors Returning Marine Sgt. From Iraq
Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe welcomed Sgt. Tyson Two Two home from Iraq on Saturday.
Charles Littleoldman places a war bonnet on Sgt. Tyson Two Two during ceremonies as Two Two arrives home from Iraq at the Billings Logan International Airport Saturday, November 8, 2008. (CASEY RIFFE/Gazette Staff)
Sgt. Tyson Two Two stood on a war blanket provided by his family, a traditional Northern Cheyenne Tribe war bonnet perfectly complementing his dress blues, as drummers and singers welcomed him home.
Saturday afternoon in the baggage claim lobby of Billings Logan International Airport, Two Two, 24, a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, was welcomed home from a seven-month tour in Iraq by about 50 family members and friends from the Northern Cheyenne reservation.
“I knew something was going on today because they asked me to come in uniform,” the 2002 Colstrip High grad said with a smile while surveying the crowd gathered at the airport in his honor. “It feels great to be back. It’s been a long time.”
Two Two was in Iraq from April to October this year as a Marine transport mechanic, supporting combat security teams at Al Asad Air Base, in the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi and along the Jordanian and Syrian borders.
Sgt. Tyson Two Two hugs his aunt, Phyllis Fisher, as friends and relatives gather to meet him as he arrives home from Iraq at the Billings Logan International Airport Saturday, November 8, 2008. (CASEY RIFFE/Gazette Staff)
UPDATE: Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps.