National Guard command staff visits families of deployed Soldiers

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By Spc. Scott Raper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Friends and family of deployed Soldiers of the 2123rd Transportation Battalion and members of the 2123rd's Rear Detachment pose for a group photo at the unit's Christmas Breakfast in Richmond, Ky., Dec. 4. The event brought members of the State command staff to visit with the families of the unit.

(RICHMOND, Ky., Dec. 4, 2010)–Inclement weather did not stop members of the Kentucky National Guard command staff from visiting with Families of the 2123rd Transportation Company Dec. 4, in Richmond, Ky.

State Command Sgt. Maj Gregory D. Armstrong and State Command Chief Warrant Officer Delynn H. Gibson spread holiday wishes to those loved ones left behind as their Soldiers fight in Afghanistan.

A nice meal, toys for the kids and a visit from Santa highlighted the events, but the wealth of support the Families felt from the day was the key.

“It’s so nice to be around people who know what you going through,” said Jessica Moore, wife of Capt. John Moore of the 2123rd TC.

“And to know people are supporting you, looking out for you and praying for you, that there people out there for you and they are only a phone call away.  It’s a great feeling,” she said.

The stop in Richmond brought friends and Family of the 2123rd together to share and enjoy a special connection to their Soldiers.   Holiday greetings and messages from the Soldiers in Afghanistan played throughout the event.

Santa hands a present to Eric Kilby, nephew of Staff Sgt. Justin Rhodus of the 2123rd Transportation Battalion at the unit's Christmas Breakfast in Richmond, Ky., Dec. 4. The event brought members of the Kentucky National Guard's command staff to visit with families of deployed Soldiers.

Armstrong, who will visit the 2123rd in Afghanistan prior to the Christmas Holiday, said the visit with Families important to Family and Soldier morale.

“This means a lot to Families and this means a lot to Soldiers.  They ask me to ‘tell my wife, tell my husband or tell my son hello for me,’” he said. “They are so glad someone is going to to see them for the holidays.

“We are a conduit, a link between the Soldier and his home, his Family,” he said. “It helps build those strong bonds and support that can be felt halfway around the world.  We try to do as much as we can for our Soldiers.”

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