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Troop sendoff ceremony set

Friday, December 26, 2008

A sendoff ceremony has been planned for area soldiers heading to Iraq in 2009.

According to 138th Quartermaster Support Company Commander, Capt. Laura Pratt, approximately 150 area National Guard soldiers will be leaving Jan. 2, 2009, for Iraq.

"It's essentially a departure ceremony," Capt. Pratt told The Brazil Times.

The ceremony will take place Jan. 2, 2009, at North Clay Middle School, and is expected to start at 11 a.m.

Several events are set to take place at the send-off ceremony.

Those who plan to attend will have the opportunity to hear Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Kevin Vedder, Commander of the 519th CSSB, along with 1st Sgt. William Neil Stough.

Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw is also expected to speak.

Capt. Pratt said the Northview High School band will perform at the event.

She said the soldiers are expected to be in Iraq for one year.

"They'll be going to do a logistics mission," Capt. Pratt said. "They'll be providing support to units in our area."

She added she is pleased the community will be involved in the ceremony.

"We're ecstatic," she said. "The people of Brazil are like magic. We're just so grateful to be able to spend time with them."

In honor

What: Area Troop Sendoff Ceremony

Where: North Clay Middle School

When: 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

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As former soldiers of the 138th, my wife and I would like to wish them the best of luck. We are currently serving in Iraq in the 1538th TC with a few other soldiers from Brazil. Maybe we'll see you when you get here! Good luck,

Sgt Aaron Eisele

Spc Rebekka Eisele

-- Posted by Sgt Eisele on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 2:00 PM

Best of luck to the troops and may God be with you and your families! Thank You!

-- Posted by fitch30437 on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 7:41 PM

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