FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – B Company, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, also known as the Big Dawgs, cased the company colors Feb. 24, 2021, in preparation to deploy to Poland supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve.
B Company’s command team Capt. Alexis D. Moore, commander, and 1st Sgt Matthew J. Herring, first sergeant, cased the colors in a ceremony at the battalion headquarters here.
“We are extremely proud of all you have done,” said Lt. Col. Joseph A. Smith, commander of 40th ESB. “We fully acknowledge that the Soldiers and their families are the real heroes.
“The rest of 40th ESB salutes you and honors you for the mission you are about to embark on,” he said.
This deployment will consist of collaborating rotational units conducting bilateral, joint and multinational training events across more than a dozen European countries.
“Today, these Soldiers begin writing the new chapter in 40th ESB’s extensive and proud lineage to service to this county and this nation,” Smith said.
Atlantic Resolve enables the United States to emphasize deterrence while increasing troop readiness, supporting NATO and increasing interoperability while enhancing the bond between ally and partner militaries.
The deployment of ready, combat-credible U.S. forces to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve is evidence of the firm and unremitting U.S. commitment to NATO and Europe.
“If you ask me, it is this company, the Big Dawgs, who are the reason the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion is the most decorated signal battalion in the U.S. Army,” Moore stated. “You all are the embodiment of what this battalion is; success runs through our veins. It is who we are.
“We are fully aware of our mission. We go into this knowing this is no easy task, but the mission is far from impossible.”
Moore expressed gratitude to the families in the audience for supporting the unit’s deployment.
“I swear to every one of you I will take care of all your loved ones,” he said.
To his Soldiers, Moore conveyed his utmost confidence and respect.
“It is the brigade that picked you, it was the battalion that picked you, and it is the United States that decided it was the Big Dogs who were needed.
“So, Big Dawgs, I leave you with this one thing. This is our Super Bowl.”
The Big Dawgs are now in the game, he exclaimed, and Soldiers replied with an affirmative, room-shaking, “WOOF!”
“As soon as we get on the ground in Poland, we will start supporting the warfighter,” Moore said, noting the company’s equipment is already at their headquarters locations in Poland.
The company is more than ready to assist with the high operational tempo of the multinational training effort in Europe.
“Bravo Company will be attached to the 1st Cavalry Division for nine months,” Moore said. “Our mission is to provide communications for several units during training exercises in various locations around Europe.”
Soldiers began preparing in early autumn 2020 for this rotation.
“As soon I arrived here, we were preparing to leave,” said Pvt. 1st Class Britney White. “My first week here, we were loading vehicles and shipping containers with equipment for transport overseas.”
White completed Initial Entry Training in 2020, arriving at Fort Huachuca in late September. This is White’s first duty assignment and first deployment. “I am new here,” she said. “The training is all very fresh for me.”
She said she is meeting some career milestones quickly after finishing her initial Army training.
“This is my first trip anywhere,” she added. “I am nervous; I am also excited.”
Over the next 48 hours, Soldiers celebrated their last free moments with their families while awaiting air transport on Feb. 27, 2021. More than 100 B Company Soldiers boarded their flight to Poland from Fort Huachuca’s Libby Army Airfield in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
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