Headed to Afghanistan: Engineers case colors
February 9, 2012
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Capt. Dustin Centofanti said his Soldiers are ready to deploy.
"We're ready to go. They're excited. They're ready," he said before Wednesday's casing ceremony for the 569th Mobility Augmentation Company, 4th Engineer Battalion.
The upcoming deployment to Afghanistan marks the second for the "Assassins" in three years. Engineers will be performing route clearance missions for a year.
"We have a lot of (noncommissioned officers) and senior NCOs," said Sgt. 1st Class Oscar Rodriguez, 569th first sergeant. "We also have a lot of new guys. It's a good mix in the company."
In his ceremonial speech, Lt. Col. Bryan Green, commander, 4th Eng. Bn., said the company had a 50-percent turnover in personnel in the last six months.
Green commended members of the 569th for their continued dedication to the mission and their support of deployed units.
"In some ways, (569th) had the tougher task," Green said. "They had to watch their fellow Soldiers deploy while they supported and trained and coached and mentored their brothers and sisters as they left. And here we are six months later, and it is now their turn."
Green added that the "Assassins" trained harder in a shorter amount of time than ever before in its history. In the past six months, the company of 95 Soldiers participated in field exercises at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., with units from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Soldiers also participated in live fire, live medevacs and live ammunition exercises in preparation for the deployment.
"They fired over 40,000 rounds in the last six months and despite all of my joking, you guys did actually hit the targets," he said. "You are ready to deploy."
Green continued with a promise to Soldiers.
"(569th), we have your back while you're gone," he said.
Family members and Soldiers applauded as many braced for goodbyes in the next couple of weeks.
"This is my first (deployment)," said Lacey Brinn, wife of Pvt. Clarence Brinn. "I'm nervous and excited."
Tara Gwynn, wife of Staff Sgt. Timothy Gwynn and the company's Family Readiness Group leader, said this was her husband's fourth deployment.
"Keep busy," she advised spouses going through their first deployments. "Keep very busy and always remember that no news is good news."
Family members received a single yellow rose in recognition of their sacrifice.
Soldiers presented representatives from Woodland Park the "Vanguard" Brigade flag to fly over Memorial Park until the engineers return.
In his parting words to his Soldiers, Green reminded the engineers to remain vigilant throughout their deployment.
"I want you to be safe," he said. "Take your time, go slow. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast and we'll see you all back here in 12 months."