Navajo soldier returns home in time for holidays
U.S. Army Spc. Cordell Nez made it home from Operation Iraqi Freedom just in time for the holidays, which began for him with a welcome home celebration at the Baca-Prewitt Chapter house on Nov. 22.
Cordell was escorted to the celebration by about 30 motorcycle riders, including Speaker Lawrence Morgan, Vice President Frank Dayish, Council delegate Curran Hannon and Cordell's father Olsen Nez.
Council delegate for Baca-Prewitt Hoskie Kee expressed his appreciation to Cordell before the nearly 200 well-wishers in attendance.
"We welcome our hero. We appreciate all your comrades as well, because it takes teamwork to make something work," Kee said. "You wanted to serve your country. You made the Navajo Nation proud."
Cordell was presented a plaque in appreciation of his service on behalf of the Navajo Nation Council by Speaker Morgan.
In turn, Cordell presented his supporters with coins bearing his company name "Task Force Cobra," and company motto "Willing to fight, ready to strike."
Before presenting the coins to Navajo Nation leaders Morgan, Dayish and Kee, Cordell said, "I consider them my warriors, my veterans." To the motorcycle riders, he said, "You had a mission and you completed it - to bring me back home. Thank you."
He added, "Our prayers are our number one weapon to keep us strong and protected."
Cordell is not the only member of his family who has served in the military. His father Olsen is a Vietnam veteran who has participated in many motorcycle runs to honor veterans and members of the Armed Forces.