CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade welcomed special visitors from the Missouri Army National Guard to the Thanksgiving table recently to a bountiful feast here at Camp Buehring.
Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, the Army assistant adjutant general for maneuver of the Missouri National Guard, and State Command Sgt. Maj. James Schulte brought words of encouragement and a little bit of home with them to share with the soldiers of the unit.
“It’s great to be a part of this organization and be around warriors like you,” Schulte said. “Everywhere we go, active Army is bragging about us; in Africa, Sinai, Afghanistan, and now Kuwait. Missouri has left a positive mark on everything we have been a part of.”
The Missouri leadership made special recognition to its soldiers.
The 35th CAB is breaking new ground during this deployment and its soldiers are what make it possible - from training missions to partnerships with friends in the region, as well maintaining multiple locations of daily operations and joint exercises with the U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force.
One soldier coined by Mason was Sgt. Jacob Moffett. Moffett planned and supervised two major movements of personnel and equipment into two different countries. One movement was in support of a partnership and the other movement was in support of a joint operation with the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.
“This is a significant accomplishment for Sgt. Moffett; he didn’t have the experience with operating with the U.S. Navy or the Air Force,” said Maj. Derrick Jennings, logistics officer. “He took the initiative to make the movement happen with minimal guidance. It truly speaks volumes for his dedication to duty and accomplishing the mission.”
There were several other soldiers from the 935th Aviation Support Battalion and the 35th CAB that were coined by Schulte.
“My roots run deep in this brigade, I have a special kinship with each of you here, whether you know it or not,” Schulte said. “So spending Thanksgiving with you has an extra special meaning to me. “I am proud of you who joined an organization knowing you would eventually deploy and the decisions you are willing to make to preserve the American way of life back home.”
The 35th CAB is proving to be great leader in this theater and it says so much about the men and women who are conducting the missions, he added.
“Everywhere we go, people are talking about the Missouri Guard,” Mason said. “We always lead the way; the sun never sets on the Missouri Guard. Thank you for what you are doing from your Missouri Guard family.”
The visit was a great reminder to the soldiers that what they do has impacts further than what they may see.