Warrior engineers bid farewell to Family, Friends
January 22, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- 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 Jan. 15.
"This is truly a watershed moment for the battalion," said Lt. Col. Gary Calese, commander of the 94th Engineer Battalion, the company's parent unit. "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.
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 engineer school commandant, Brig. Gen. Duke DeLuca, says that 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 that 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," she said. "I know that this unit will make sure we are taken care of."
The 232nd Engineer Co. is slated to return this fall.