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Soldiers Depart Halloween Capital for Deployment to Kuwait

Soldiers from Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division said goodbye to their family and friends during a departure ceremony May 15, 2011 in Anoka

After the ceremony, C Battery headed north for their two-week annual training at Camp Ripley, Minn where they will prepare for a spring deployment to Kuwait

The festivities began at the battery's downtown Anoka Armory with a brief meet and greet for family and friends Shortly after, the Soldiers assembled into a formation and marched to historic Goodrich Field for the official departure ceremony The path to Goodrich was lined with the American flags provided by the Minnesota Patriot Guard and spectators cheered on the Soldiers as family and friends walked behind the formation

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Upon arrival, the Soldiers received a standing ovation from hundreds of supporters in the Goodrich bleachers Among the supporters was Cassie Corbin, wife of Staff Sgt Scott Corbin, a forward observer for C Battery and a native from Ramsey, Minn Cassie is pregnant with the couple's first child and she knows communication on the deployment will be important

"Skype is the big thing we'll be using to stay in contact," said Cassie

For Scott, this will be his fourth deploy, but first deployment as a married man and he is aware his priorities have changed

Scott added, "When I was single my main focus was only on the men, the mission and the welfare of my troops Now I've got double duty with the same focus as well as taking care of my wife at home"

Of course not all troops are married, but that certainly does not mean their lives are void of tremendous commitments  Spc Isaac Peterson, a Soldier with C Battery, is a student-athlete at the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minn The 20-year old specialist had the option to do "college first," which is an option for Soldiers who are students to be exempt from deployment for a period of time   However, he understands that duty calls and he is not worried about the transition from full-time student to full-time Soldier

"I think, more or less it's just something you have to do," said Peterson "I will adjust accordingly With my leadership, and how good of friends I am with everybody in the unit, it should be a pretty easy process"

Following the ceremony, Soldiers and their loved ones were treated to an ice cream social before boarding the buses to Camp Ripley   The Soldiers of C Battery are expected to deploy for a year in support of Operation New Dawn and return home in the spring of 2012

By Pfc Bob Brown
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
15 May, 2011





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