The Hancock County Exchange Club lined 100 flags down CR N 200 W to honor the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command for their recent U.S. Army deployment ceremony at Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS). The ceremonial event gave family, friends, and community members a chance to say goodbye to more than 250 soldiers before the unit was deployed to Kuwait.
While deployed, the 310th ESC will be supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Spartan Shield and providing sustainment and logistical support to multiple units spread throughout the Middle East.
The ceremony included Brigadier General Justin Swanson, Commander, and Command Sergeant Major Keith Gwin who shared their final instructions and commended the soldiers for their expedited preparation and dedication to our country.
The ceremony was a natural location for a few soldiers, specifically an MVHS alumni, Sergeant Sydney McDonald, who graduated from MVHS in 2015. Lieutenant Keith Ellington, also deployed, has a son at Mt. Vernon Middle School. These local ties made the ceremony even more personal.
A Field of Honor flag was presented to the troop from Jeffry Young, the President of the Hancock County Exchange Club and Past Region 7 National Vice President of the National Exchange Club. Mt. Vernon was also pleased to welcome Representative Bob Cherry and Senator Mike Crider to the ceremony.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, many special moments between soldiers and their loved ones provided the finality of the event. Hugs, tears, and much respect filled the Mt. Vernon High School gymnasium.
Spouses, children, parents, and loved ones of the soldiers who entered MVHS had their temperature taken and COVID screening documented by soldiers in order to ensure a safe environment for everyone. The event was approved by the Hancock County Health Department.
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation appreciates all soldiers for their service to our country and also thanks the U.S. Army for choosing Mt. Vernon to host their honorable deployment ceremony. Mt. Vernon wishes the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command a safe journey in their mission as well as a safe return.
America's Army Reserve is the most capable, combat ready and lethal Federal Reserve force in the history of the nation.
It has approximately 199,000 Soldiers and equipment in more than 1,100 communities across the nation providing Multi-Component support in the United States and World Wide.