Ride Report Submitted by Bobcat.

We received a request for a welcome home escort from Phil Mentzer, proud father of Airmen 1st Class Paul Mentzer.  Paul has not been home in 3 years and is stationed in Okinawa Japan.  He was deployed to the “Stan” from Jan thru June of this year then right back to Okinawa. 

Due to the time of day and expected traffic problems, we decided to break the mission into two parts.  A Heroes Welcome would do their magic at the airport then they would all drive separately to our rally point in the Western Suburbs.

We were met at our rally point by Westtown PD, Chester County SWAT and West Goshen PD.  The family arrived exactly on time and was met by our flag line followed by the mug-n-hug.  Maria of AHW presented their certificate and I presented the WWR honor coin.  After the greeting calmed down, we formed up and departed for the Mentzer home.

The 10 mile escort was expertly performed by the police vehicles and we never put our feet down.  As we approached the Mentzer home a truck from the West Whiteland fire department lit up and turned on the siren.  Amid family and friends awaiting Paul’s return, we parked our procession and dismounted to say hello to all present.  The Mentzer family opened their home to us and we had a chance to warm up a bit and have some coffee and cake.

Phil Mentzer owns a custom motorcycle shop in West Chester, PA called Dream Bike Works and wrote the following in Paul’s bio;

   “We had the honor of joining the Warrior Watch Riders on July 23, 2010 to escort the Fastuca Family of West Chester to the final resting place of their son, Sgt. Louis Fastuca.  We thank and honor the Warrior’s on our website page.  Dreambikeworks.com”. 

We thank the Mentzer family for allowing us to be a small part of their welcome for their son.  We hope Paul has a great leave with his family and friends….he deserves it.  It was our honor to be able to show Paul and his family how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice to our country.  Many thanks to A Heroes Welcome and the members of the WWR who attended this event way out in the sticks.