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DATE: June 11, 2013 3:07:11 PM CDT

Families, Soldiers bid farewell as 418th Trans. Co. deploys

Families, Soldiers bid farewell as 418th Trans. Co. deploys

Command Sgt. Maj. Jessie C. Bates, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, shares last words of advice with two senior noncommissioned officers of the 418th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sust. Bde. following the unit's deployment ceremony on June 10 at the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center. The company is deploying to Afghanistan for nine months to line haul bulk and containerized cargo via tactical convoy operations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC PAO Soldiers from the 418th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade stand in formation after casing their guidon during a deployment ceremony at the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center June 10. The unit will work in the Western part of Afghanistan, conducting tactical convoy operations. They are expected to return in nine months. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC PAO Lt. Col. Keith McVeigh, the commander of the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, farewells the 418th Transportation Company as they begin their journey to Afghanistan during a deployment ceremony at the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center June 10. The unit with close to 150 Soldiers will conduct tactical convoy operations in Regional Command-West, in Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC PAO Capt. Mark W. Canary, the commander of the 418th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Command, stands in front of his formation as they participate in the unit's deployment ceremony at the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center June 10. The company will spend nine months in Western Afghanistan, conducting tactical convoy operations. As a sustainment brigade subordinate unit, the company is often deployed as needed to augment other units or formations in the theater of operations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC PAO Family members wearing patriotic T-shirts arrive to the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center to see of their deploying Soldiers in the 418th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade on June 10. The Soldiers will be away for nine months, providing transportation support in Western Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC PAO Family members and friends sit on the bleachers at the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center to see off the Soldiers of the 418th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade on June 10. The unit with close to 150 Soldiers will be providing transportation support in Western Afghanistan. Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC PAO

Story by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson
and Capt. Monika Comeaux,
13th ESC PAO

FORT HOOD, Texas – Families and Soldiers of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 4th Sustainment Brigade bid farewell to 136 Soldiers with the 418th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sust. Bde., 13th ESC, during a deployment ceremony at the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center June 10.

The 418th Trans. Co. is deploying to Western Afghanistan to conduct line haul of bulk and containerized cargo via tactical convoy operations in order to sustain Coalition Forces operations throughout Regional Command-West.

“It is with great honor that I stand here to bid farewell to these great Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Keith McVeigh, commander, 553rd CSSB. “To Capt. (Mark) Canary, 1st Sgt. (Carla) Glover, and the rest of the Road Knights, you have trained hard and you are well prepared to perform the super bowl of your profession. Stand tall, execute mightily, and return home the heroes that you already are.”

Since initially constituted April 13, 1944, the 418th Trans. Co. has served in combat operations in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although the unit has a long history of deployments, many of the Soldiers and Families may be experiencing an unfamiliar event. However, there are always seasoned spouses and friends around to assist and provide advice through the challenging times.

“Stay focused,” said Dora Middleton, whose spouse, Staff Sgt. Alfred Middleton, a truck master with 418th Trans. Co., is heading out on his fourth deployment.  Middleton strongly believes that the deployed Soldiers lose focus if they are worried about their families, so the person staying home caring for the children has to provide a strong foundation for the family.

Middleton plans of filling the summer with fun activities such as going to the lake and visiting Sea World in San Antonio. Her and her family had a going away gathering for her husband, and they plan to have a welcome home gathering when he returns.

She plans on sending cards, care packages, exchanging emails and talking on Skype with her husband while he is away, she said.

McVeigh wished his Soldiers good luck for the deployment, and concluded the deployment ceremony with looking ahead to the redeployment ceremony nine months down the road.  

 “Everyone here will keep you in their thoughts and prayer as your mission takes you to the unknown, but rest assured, we will be right back here when you return, ready to welcome you home again.”

For more information contact:
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