378TH Combat Sustainment Support Battalion to Conduct Farewell Ceremony and Casing of the Colors
November 15, 2011
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania -- The 378th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted a Farewell Ceremony and Casing of the Colors, November 13th, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., prior to their deployment to Afghanistan. The event was the last chance for many family and friends to say good-bye to their Soldiers.
In addition to friends and family wishing the Soldiers good luck and farewell, over 25 members of Warriors' Watch Riders provided every Soldier a handshake, a "Thank you," and a motorcycle escort to the Harrisburg Airport. Mike Burritt, from Warriors' Watch Riders, presented 378th CSSB Commander, Lt. Col., Vivian Gaz, with a U.S. Flag to be flown when the unit gets to Afghanistan.
The 378TH CSSB received a last minute change of mission to Afghanistan after months of preparing to deploy to Kuwait.
378th CSSB Soldier, Sgt. Mark Drobenak, was excited about the change of mission, saying, "I have been deployed to Afghanistan before," adding, "We have a lot of young Soldiers we will be looking out for, but we are excited about the change."
As part of the farewell ceremony, the 378th CSSB held a casing of the unit colors ceremony symbolizing the official move of the battalion headquarters from its' current location in Pennsylvania to its' deployed location in Afghanistan. Once the 3778th CSSB arrives in Afghanistan they will uncase the colors again.
Gaz spoke to the Soldiers, families, and friends asking everyone to look to their left and right saying, "This is your family for the next year and we will support each other."
The 378th CSSB is made up primarily of Soldiers from Perry County, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Reading and Altoona.