A small group of well-wishers braved the rain to welcome home Concord resident Private First Class Eric Fuller, on leave from Afghanistan on Sunday afternoon.
Pvt. Fuller and his family were having lunch Tahoe Joe’s in Pleasant Hill when they were surprised by a group of motorcycle riding veterans and friends from the Diablo Valley Flag Brigade, Warriors Watch Riders and other groups who escorted him through town to his Concord home on White Oak Drive.
At the house, family, friends and representatives from American Legion Post 1351, VFW 29, two local Blue Star Moms and other groups welcomed Fuller to a warm, rousing and patriotic celebration. Challenge Coins, representing various branches of the service, were given to Fuller.
Loretta Mansada of Concord Blue Star Moms, Chapter 20— whose son Tony is in the Marines—showed off a t-shirt that she was wearing that said, “I may look harmless, but I raised a United States Marine. Semper Fidelus USMC.” Then she added, “But the Army is good too.” Mansada then gave Fuller a coin.
Spike Schau, a Navy reservist who frequently rides with the Warriors Watch and American Legion to greet incoming military members, gave Fuller a Navy coin.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s Field Representative and former Marine Maurice Delmer was on hand to present Fuller with a welcome home certificate, on behalf of Fuller.
Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister was also there to proclaim Sunday PFC Eric Fuller Day in the city of Concord. She pinned Fuller with a City of Concord pin.
Fuller joined the Army the morning after graduation from Clayton Valley High in 2009. After basic training, he was assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky, to do his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to become a heavy equipment mechanic. His home base is the Mountain Post of Fort Caron, Colorado.
He is a member of the TF Raiders, 1st Brigade 4th ID, 1st Special Troops Battalion, HHC Company. He was promoted to PFC just before getting his orders to deploy to Kandahar, Afghanistan to the Forward Operating Base of Camp Nathan Smith.
He’s home for two weeks and then is scheduled to return to Afghanistan.