Posted: Oct 1, 2010 7:51 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
FORT POLK, La. (AP) - It was clear that the brigade about to ship out to eastern Afghanistan was so ready that they didn't want to wait any longer, Brig. Gen. James Yarbrough told the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.
Soldiers get a "Nike attitude" before deployment, said Yarbrough, commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk.
"You get to the point where you've talked about it, you've trained for it, you've reflected on it. You're ready to just do it," he said.
The brigade, nearly 4,000 soldiers, will leave over the next month.
"It's just another rodeo," said Sgt. Scott Denomee, who is on his second overseas deployment. "I don't like procrastination, as far as that goes. The sooner we get over there, the sooner we can do our job."
The brigade is expected to stay in Afghanistan for a year. "I write him a letter literally every day," said Denomee's wife, Rosie. "And we talk on the phone whenever we get the chance."
His mother, Sharon Marinelli, who came from Tampa for the ceremony with her husband, Lou.
"Of course, I get nervous," she said. "But I know he's well-trained and what he's doing is important."
Military officials stressed the brigade's readiness and thanked the soldiers' family members for their sacrifices and the local community for its support.
"This mission at this time by this unit is critical to the success of our campaign in Afghanistan," Yarbrough said. "No brigade is better prepared than this one. You're ready, and your leaders are ready. A year from now, I look forward to seeing every one of you standing on this parade field, home safe and sound."
Maj. Gen. James Terry, the division commander, said, "Since 9/11, the 10th Mountain Division has been at the center of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is your proud legacy, and you will be called upon to live up to it. ... The mountains of the Hindu Kush and the insurgents there can be unforgiving. But you are strong, you are prepared, and you embody the warrior ethos. You are
forged for war."
Several thousand family members and friends were on hand for the roughly one-hour ceremony. Included in that group was Mina Brock, who carried a sign in support of her husband, 1st Sgt. Steven Brock, along with her daughter, Savanna.
"We've been through it before," Mina Brock said. "I'm ready for it to happen so we can get it over with. He's been in more than 20 years, so hopefully this will be the last time we do this. We'll miss him terribly, but we'll conquer this."