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Headin' out in style!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Several people bid goodbye to soldiers with the 138th Quartermaster Support Company after a sendoff that took place at North Clay Middle School. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Residents bid farewell to area guard unit

The community gathered to say good-bye to some of its heroes on Friday.

"I know I speak for myself and everyone behind me when I say, we appreciate the support," Sgt. 1st Class Neil Brown said during the sendoff ceremony for the 138th Quartermaster Friday, at North Clay Middle School.

Mayor Ann Bradshaw was scheduled to speak however, due to illness she was unable to attend and City Council President Bill Lovett read her speech.

"Our community has always been blessed with the bravest men and women, who without hesitation defend our country during the most difficult of challenges," he said. "Our community is grateful for all of the sacrifices you have made and will continue to make. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you."

Boy Scout Troop 101 posted the colors and the Northview High School Band played the National Anthem and gave the troops their own tribute.

"In honor of the deployed soldiers, we choose the theme from Band of Brothers," director Bob Medworth said.

The events continued with 519th CSSB Commander Lt. Col. Kevin Veeder, who spoke to a standing room only crowd.

"As far as departure ceremonies go, this is the best ceremony I have ever seen," he said. "I grew up in this area and unit, and I would like to express sincere appreciation for the unwavering community support for the local armory."

Commander Capt. Laura Pratt also expressed these same sentiments to the families of the soldiers.

"Today we leave patriotic heroes and defenders of freedom," Pratt said to the crowd during her speech. "To our families, you are part of the unit, thank you-for having us, raising us and loving us. We are so humbled, we stand on the shoulders of greatness, for those whose shoulders we stand on, I want to thank you all for your support."

Spc. 4th Class Brandon Withers hugs his parents, Kevin and Tracy Withers, following Friday's ceremony at North Clay Middle School. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
As the tears began to flow again from the audience, 1st Sgt. Neil Stough stood at the podium, wished everyone a happy new year.

"I am proud of this company, the statistics don't measure the heart and soul that these individuals have," he said. "To the families, I can't promise anything, that's life, but I will take care of them."

He continued to ask everyone to pray for guidance, direction and the success of the mission, as well as for the families but most of all to pray for the safety of everyone.

"Don't feel sorry for us, we are living the dream," Stough said. "This is what we know and what we are good at. We are one unit and we are strong."

As soldiers said goodbye to families and friends, they received one last gift and handshake while boarding the buses, members of the Cunot Faith Baptist Church passed out Bibles.

As the men and women in uniform were drove away the words Stough spoke during the ceremony rang true for many in attendance.

"We are ready to go, failure is not an option," he said, "only success."

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i wish all of you heros the best luck there is and i will keep you in my prayer please be careful and just remember that we all love you and are going to miss you take care

-- Posted by tylera1989 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 9:49 PM

I salute all of the brave men & women who are fighting for our Country & Freedom.

My family & I will keep all of the newly departured in our thoughts & prayers until they all return safely home to us.

I am afraid that within the next month or so, I too will have to say goodbye to one of my Little Brothers, as he is finishing up his AIT now and has already been told they will more than likely leave too.

May God Bless All Of You. Be safe!

-- Posted by JQuick on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 11:07 PM

God Bless these brave men and women. I am so proud of my sister and friends that are serving with the unit. Please keep them in your prayers. We all love you and are proud of you!!! You are always in our hearts!!!

-- Posted by nic1979 on Sun, Jan 4, 2009, at 12:21 AM

Thank You for your service. May God be with you all.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 6:48 AM

May God Bless and Keep all of Our Troops!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 1:38 PM

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