WAHIAWA, Hawaii -- Prayers and pancakes were plentiful among the Soldiers and families of the 45th Sustainment Brigade during a prayer breakfast, April 2, at Leleihua Golf Course, Wahiawa, Hawaii.

The event drew more than 150 Soldiers and family members for an interactive service that included singing, prayer, inspiring speeches, and a delicious meal.

"This breakfast is a chance for us to reflect on our unity as a brigade before we leave for deployment," said Lt. Col. Greg Wagnon, deputy commanding officer for the brigade, during the opening for the service.

More than 100 Soldiers from the brigade's headquarters will head downrange to Afghanistan soon to participate in the U.S. Army Central Command materiel recovery mission.

"We are about to head in to a world of challenges," said Chaplain (Maj.) Florio Pierre, the 45th Sust. Bde. chaplain. "I hope this service helps you stay resilient and prepare for the mission ahead."

The 25th Infantry Division Band supplied a steady source of music for the audience during the event, while members of the brigade read prayers focusing on safety, family, and deployment.

The event's guest speaker, Chaplain (Col.) David Giammona, Installation Material Command-Pacific Region Chaplain, compared the upcoming deployment to a long and difficult race.

"What good is starting a race if you don't finish it successfully?" asked Giammona. "Often the hardest part is to keep going; but that is what will get you through. If you never give up, you can never fail."

The prayer breakfast has become a staple for the 45th Sust. Bde. since its last one in October 2013. With the Army's push towards resiliency, it has become a great way to keep the 45th Sust. Bde. strong and resilient during and after deployment.