National Guard soldiers return from deployment in Cuba - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

National Guard soldiers return from deployment in Cuba

These National Guard soldiers from the 228th Military Police are adjusting to life back at home. They've just completed a 9 month and one day deployment at the GTMO detention facility in Cuba. Justin and Corey Duplechin are identical twins and served at the same time and the same facility. 9/11 got them involved.

"At a young age, I really didn't understand it until growing up and actually looking back and seeing how the country evolved around it and what happened afterwards," said Corey. "It inspired me and lot of my buddies and my brother to enlist and go out and do something."

"We come from a small close family," said Justin. "We make the best of everything. We've always had each other's backs and have always been there. We've had a few rough patches, but that's the whole brotherly thing. Yeah, always have been there."

Just like many soldiers who have been deployed, these National Guard members say they formed a bond while serving at Guantanamo Bay.

"You're coming out there with a lot of different people," said Fredrick Lastrapes. "You don't know. You leave there with a bond. It's a brotherhood, sisterhood in this military. Those people are like your family."

"When you're first deployed, many of us didn't know each other," said Martana Jones. "But being together for so long, we formed like a brotherly or sisterly bond. It's unexplainable. For any one of them, I'll take a bullet for them."

This group plans to re-enter civilian life and either go back to school or enter the workforce. They say the experience they received is priceless.

"It's taught me a lot about helping others and being selfless to other people's needs for anything that happens in your home town," said Raina Arnold. "Like for hurricanes and what not. I worked the oil spill, so I was a big part of that."

 

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LIVE WEATHER BLOG: Flash flooding

    LIVE WEATHER BLOG: Flash flooding

    Thursday, June 29 2017 11:50 AM EDT2017-06-29 15:50:58 GMT

    Heavy rains have hit Southwest Louisiana this morning, flooding streets and homes. We'll keep you updated with the latest right here. Click HERE to see live radar. Mobile users, click HERE for flooding photos. Send your flooding photos to news@kplctv.com. Rainfall totals as of 9:30 a.m. Flooding in Maplewood VIDEO: Flooding in Maplewood Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Heavy rains have hit Southwest Louisiana this morning, flooding streets and homes. We'll keep you updated with the latest right here. Click HERE to see live radar. Mobile users, click HERE for flooding photos. Send your flooding photos to news@kplctv.com. Rainfall totals as of 9:30 a.m. Flooding in Maplewood VIDEO: Flooding in Maplewood Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Lake Area tow companies deal with backups

    Lake Area tow companies deal with backups

    Thursday, June 29 2017 11:27 AM EDT2017-06-29 15:27:36 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Thursday morning has been busy with heavy downpours causing vehicle accidents across the Lake Area and towing companies are in demand. Currently, the tow companies are dealing with several backups. Cotton's Towing & Recovery in Lake Charles (3940 Gerstner Memorial Dr.) has a wait time of two to three hours. Atomic Towing & Recovery LLC in Lake Charles (530 N Grace St.) has a wait time of 45 minutes to an hour. Elite Service Recovery & Towing in Lake Char...

    More >>

    Thursday morning has been busy with heavy downpours causing vehicle accidents across the Lake Area and towing companies are in demand. Currently, the tow companies are dealing with several backups. Cotton's Towing & Recovery in Lake Charles (3940 Gerstner Memorial Dr.) has a wait time of two to three hours. Atomic Towing & Recovery LLC in Lake Charles (530 N Grace St.) has a wait time of 45 minutes to an hour. Elite Service Recovery & Towing in Lake Char...

    More >>
  • Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Thursday, June 29 2017 10:18 AM EDT2017-06-29 14:18:18 GMT
    Flash floodingFlash flooding

    Flash flooding continues across the west-central portion of Calcasieu parish due to a stalled storm that has already dumped up to 4 to 5 inches of rain around the Sulphur area, especially on Sulphur’s west side toward Stegall and Edgerly. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for this part of Calcasieu Parish until 8:45 AM but additional storms moving in from SE Texas after the 6:00 a.m. hour could result in some additional flash flooding across parts of Calcasieu and Cameron...

    More >>

    Flash flooding continues across the west-central portion of Calcasieu parish due to a stalled storm that has already dumped up to 4 to 5 inches of rain around the Sulphur area, especially on Sulphur’s west side toward Stegall and Edgerly. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for this part of Calcasieu Parish until 8:45 AM but additional storms moving in from SE Texas after the 6:00 a.m. hour could result in some additional flash flooding across parts of Calcasieu and Cameron...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly