Warrior engineers build heavy hearts at farewell Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Denby
Special to GUIDON

More than 100 Soldiers of the 232nd Engineer Company “Warriors,” 94th Engineer Battalion, bid farewell to friends and Family during a deployment ceremony held at Nutter Field House on Tuesday.

“This is truly a watershed moment for the battalion,” said Lt. Col. Gary Calese, 94th Engineer Battalion commander. “We always pick the best to do the job and this is no different.”

Calese said that it was a good day because his troops are fully trained and prepared to shape the Army’s footprint for the next chapter.
Sgt. John Cobb, a heavy construction equipment operator assigned to the 232nd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, plays with his 6-month-old son, Jackson and wife, Julia, following his company deployment ceremony held Tuesday at Nutter Field House.

The 232nd Engineer Co. Soldiers are slated to support three separate missions in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

They will assist in deconstruction of outlying forward operating bases, while also building up two central locations in preparation for military demobilization.  

But the U. S. Army Engineer School Commandant, Brig. Gen. Duke DeLuca said these Soldiers should remain flexible with the missions that come their way.

“You are departing in support of a mission that is going to change dramatically over the course of your tour there,” DeLuca said. “Focus on executing the most effective tactics, techniques and procedures for not only where you are now but where you may find yourselves in the future.”
Regardless of what missions they may find, Sgt. John Cobb, a heavy construction equipment operator assigned to the 232nd Engineer Co., said one thing will remain steady throughout his deployment.

“The support I have from my Family is tremendous,” said Cobb, whose wife, Julia, stood smiling at him while holding their 6-month-old baby.

Julia said that the support is interchangeable.

“Of course we are sad that he is leaving, just like everyone else that is saying goodbye to someone in the room, but I’m lucky to have such a strong bond with this unit and its Families,” Julia said. “I know that this unit will make sure we are taken care of.”

As the farewell ceremony concluded, the narrator read, “As the old saying goes, ‘we don’t say goodbye, just say until we meet again.’”

The 232nd Engineer Co. is slated to return this Fall.

(Editor’s note: Denby is assigned to the 4th MEB Public Affairs Office.)
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