Sycamore, IL. – The Patriot Guard Riders and Warrior Watch Riders, along with the Sycamore fire and police departments, will conduct a surprise escort and rally to welcome home Sycamore resident Army Staff Sgt. Ryan McFarland.
SSgt. McFarland is returning home from his third deployment to a combat zone. He will be home on leave the week of Feb. 18 from his most recent deployment to Afghanistan.
McFarland graduated from Sycamore High School in 2003. While in high school he participated in wrestling and Kishwaukee Education Consortium. He worked at Farm and Fleet during his senior year. In the summer of 2003, McFarland enlisted in the United States Army, and completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He then went to Fort Eustis, Va. for his active initial training. He has a 4-year-old daughter, Jorja.
McFarland started out working as a crew chief on Chinook CH-47 helicopters. He was later moved over to the Apache helicopter 15R – AH-64. From September 2005 until September 2006, he was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. He deployed again in December of 2008 for a year in Bagram, Afghanistan, and a third time in February 2011 to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
At 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, there will be an escort and procession in Sycamore to welcome McFarland home. The public is asked to stage in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse, along State Street in the downtown business district and in front of MVP Sports Club and the Sycamore Veterans Home on California Street; the rally will take place at MVP Sports Club. People are asked to show their support by displaying flags, banners and signs.
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