Deploying to the Middle East
After learning that the Brevard National Guard Reserves Unit 3rd Platoon, 812th AG Company is deploying to the Middle East for one year, the Veterans History Museum and Anchor Baptist Church teamed up to show their appreciation by throwing them a party. On May 16, nineteen Army Reserve soldiers and their families were treated to a bountiful buffet dinner prepared by Anchor Baptist Church volunteers, led by Shannon Lanning.
National Guard soldiers and their families were treated to a farewell dinner
Honor Guard Chaplain Craig Adams opened the event
Honor Guard Chaplain Craig Adams opened the event with a prayer for the safety of the soldiers. Representing Anchor Baptist Church, USMC veteran Daniel Nicholson welcomed the soldiers and their families. US Army Lt. General John Brown (Ret.) offered words of support to the soldiers. Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas founder Emmett Casciato told the soldiers “We appreciate you and we will never forget you.” The soldiers were presented with gift bags from the museum prepared by volunteer Ginger Newman. Transylvania Sheriff’s Deputy and Pastor Jeremy Queen closed the event with a prayer for the success and safety of the soldiers’ mission in Iraq. The soldiers’ families were encouraged to share contact and social media information so they may get to know and support each other, sharing news during the year their loved ones are deployed.
Lt. Gen. John Brown offers words of support to the National Guardsmen as they prepare to deploy to Iraq
Top photo: Unit Commander (left) offers appreciation to Emmett Casciato while his team member and Daniel Nicholson look on
Article by Mike McCarthy