News: Pittsburgh community presents farewell to local heroes
Story by Spc. Dalton Smith
PITTSBURGH – The 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a farewell ceremony at the McGarity U.S. Army Reserve Center, Coraopolis, Pa., April 30, prior to their deployment to Kuwait. The event was an opportunity for family and friends to say good-bye to their soldiers.
The 316th ESC has command over 120 units with more than 11,000 soldiers from Pennsylvania through Virginia and Maine. Approximately 250 soldiers will be deploying with the 316th ESC. Speakers at the event included military officials, Congressman Tim Murphy and U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador Fred Fair.
The last time the 316th ESC deployed as a unit was in 2007 to Iraq. Leadership, however, is confident in the unit's ability to accomplish their new mission in Kuwait, said Brig. Gen. Peter Lennon, former commanding general of the 316th ESC, of Newport News, Va.
“They are prepared,” said Lennon. “One good thing about the 316th ESC is that they look out for each other. They train hard, receive the right training and will continue to train together.”
For many of the Pittsburgh area soldiers, this will be the last chance for family and friends to show their support and say their good-bye.
“I came to support my son-in-law,” said Joel Garrett, of Plum Burro, Pa. “I feel proud – a little sad – but very proud.”
As part of the farewell ceremony, the 316th ESC held a casing of the unit colors, symbolizing the official move of the command headquarters from Coraopolis to its deployed location in Kuwait. Once the 316th ESC arrives in Kuwait they will uncase the colors again.