FORT EUSTIS, Va. - The 510th Human Resource Company, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, conducted a farewell ceremony for 3rd platoon soldiers who departed for their deployment to Kuwait Dec. 8. The soldiers are now providing essential human resource support downrange as they provide personnel accountability support as part of theatre gateway mission. Although the soldiers in 3rd platoon were excited, prepared and trained to begin their mission, the ceremony was bittersweet as many soldiers said their good-byes to family and friends.
The ceremony began with a social hour complete with refreshments that allowed all of 510th HRC to enjoy each other’s company as the platoon loaded their equipment onto the bus and trickled in one by one to enjoy the festivities. Upon arrival to the ceremony the soldiers were given a gift box filled with necessities and special treats provided by the USO.
To begin the formal portion of that afternoon’s events, the 7th Sustainment Brigade Commander, Col. Jennifer Reinkober, and command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Tony Escalona, shared a few words of encouragement to soldiers and families. Next, the STB commander, Lt. Col. Noah Cloud, recognized three soldiers in the platoon: Pfcs. Cheyenne Daley,LaKourtney Bryant, and Xavier Hopkins, for their exceptional performance while on a special duty. Cloud then gave his own remarks to the departing soldiers and their families.
"The soldiers in this platoon are directly supporting the warfighter in Afghanistan. You must ensure the warfighters, who are hard at work training the Afghan National Army and National Police are focused on their primary mission and not personnel issues handled at the theatre gateway. You are well trained and experts in your field and will accomplish great things in Kuwait for our soldiers,” said Cloud. “Your mission is important and you need to stay focused and take care of each other. Make good decisions while you are there so that you can hold your heads up high when you return. Return with honor!"
The battalion chaplain Capt. Christian Groenendal closed the ceremony with a prayer for safety and perseverance for the deploying soldiers and their loved ones.
Following the chaplain’s prayer, the soldiers said good-bye to their family and friends with heavy hearts. In a final gesture of support, all of the deploying soldiers’ family, friends, and fellow soldiers lined up along the sidewalk leading to the bus that was to take them to Baltimore-Washington International Airport to depart for Kuwait. As the soldiers passed through the line, they were greeted with cheers, handshakes, and final hugs.
|Date Posted:||12.17.2012 11:14|
|Location:||FORT EUSTIS, VA, US|
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