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West Point Band Honors Deploying Soldiers
By SSG Chrissy Clark
West Point Band
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Torin Olsen
The West Point Band performed patriotic selections to a room full of emotional family members as they wished their Soldiers well before saying their goodbyes. Master Sgt. MaryKay Messenger sang the "National Anthem" before Brig. Gen. Douglas R. Satterfield, deputy commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, and Brig. Gen. David L. Weeks, commander of 411th Engineer Brigade addressed the room about the mission.
"We face a daunting task mission in Afghanistan. The eyes of the entire United States Army will be upon the men and women of the 411th Engineer Brigade. In a matter of months, they will assume full responsibility for combat engineering and tactical construction across the entire country of Afghanistan," said Weeks.
"It's a big deal. We're going to be spread all over the country managing all the base camp construction and taking care of the war fighters that are over there," added deputy commander Col. John Elam.