A 2018 Fenton graduate returned home Thursday, Jan. 30 from a nine-month deployment in Cuba.
Nicholas Persails, 19, returned with the rest of his unit, members of the Michigan National Guard 46th MP Company based at the Corunna Armory. They were stationed in Cuba to help the Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
A welcome home ceremony was planned for Thursday at Corunna High School, when Persails’ parents, Brent and Casandra Jansson, picked him up.
Casandra said, “It feels amazing that he’s home safe and sound. I’m so proud of all that he’s done for our country and excited to see what his future holds.”
Persails said he was gone 10 months in total with mobilization included.
“It feels amazing to finally be back home with friends and loved ones and be able to get back to normal life,” he said.
He’s not allowed to talk about the job he did in Guantánamo Bay because it’s classified.
“The purpose of deploying to Guantanamo Bay is to maintain the safe, humane, and legal care of detainees under the Geneva Convention,” Persails said. “The reason why I chose the Michigan Army National Guard is because I wanted to be able to better myself and serve my country. And also go to school to be able to follow a career in civilian law enforcement.”