Army Maj. George O. Gilbert has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson. Airborne combat team members included soldiers assigned to one of six battalions and regiments of the 25th Infantry Division.
The airborne brigade served in three eastern provinces of Afghanistan, which included the Paktya, Paktika and Khost. Some of the challenges the brigade soldiers faced included poverty, unemployment, security, and management of natural resources and government institutions. Soldiers improved roads, provided vocational training in construction and civics, improved and re-opened 29 schools, remodeled six medical clinics and improved three district courthouses.
While deployed in Afghanistan, he was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal.
Gilbert, a company commander, is normally assigned to the 725th Brigade Support Battalion. He has served in the military for 14 years.
He is the son of Carolyn Gilbert of S. Hamilton St., Doylestown, Pa.
His wife, Catherine, is the daughter of George McKeegan of Old Briarcliff Road, Briarcliff, N.Y.
The major graduated in 1990 from Central Bucks West High School, Doylestown, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1996 from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa.