Estes Park American Legion Holds Welcome Home Party

9/25/09 Staff Sergeant Michael J. Bachelor returned to his home in Estes Park after completing his second tour of duty in Iraq. American Legion Post 119 invited all of Estes Park to come and welcome him home on Friday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m.

While in Iraq on his latest tour, SSG Bachelor purchased a United States Flag and flew it over his compound, COB Speicher Tikrit, Iraq. He will present this flag to American Legion Post 119 as a sign of his appreciation for the support which the Post gave to him and his wife Rhonda prior to and during his absence.

SSG Bachelor’s military career began with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne from 1981-1984. During that tenor he was involved with the Peace Keeping Mission to Sinai and the invasion of Grenada in 1983. Bachelor joined the California Army National Guard 1-185th Armor Battalion as a Reconnaissance Scout. He was recalled to Active Duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom from Nov. 2003 to Feb. 2005 and then again to serve a second tour Aug. 2008 to Aug. 2009. SSG Bachelor is the recipient of numerous U. S. Army awards, commendations, and certificates. With his second tour of duty, he received the prestigious U.S. Army Cavalry “Golden Spurs” Award and The Modern Army Combatives Level I and II Certifications.

SSG Bachelor and Rhonda are both members of Post 119. SSG Bachelor has 15 years combined Army National Guard and Army Active Duty service. Rhonda had 12 years service with the U.S. Navy. The Bachelors met in California and bought their home in Estes Park in 2005. The Bachelors have 7 children and 5 grandchildren between them.

At the Welcome Home Party, a short ceremony toke place with Bill Pinkham, Mayor of the Town of Estes Park extending thanks and best wishes on behalf of the Town and its citizens. Any Veteran or citizen who wishes to do so had the opportunity to meet and thank SSG Bachelor personally.

The ceremony was followed by American Legion Manager Amy Grewe’s famous Cajun Dinner (Catfish, Gumbo, Hushpuppies, Salad and Desert). The public was invited and encouraged to stay for dinner.