July 12, 2011
116th BCT Soldiers get baptized before deploying
By Maj. Nevin Blankenship
116th BCT Public Affairs
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — Three Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Brigade Combat Team were baptized June 30 at First Baptist Church of McLaurin in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Approximately 20 Soldiers from the 116th Brigade Combat Team were on hand to support three fellow 116th Soldiers who were baptized June 30 at First Baptist Church of McLaurin in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Photo by Maj. Nevin Blankenship, 116th BCT Public Affairs)
“The baptism is about making a decision and following it through,” said Maj. Ben Sprouse, Brigade Chaplain.
Each Soldier had their own reason for getting baptized prior to leaving for Afghanistan but all of them shared the same desire to do it together.
“We celebrate the cleansing of life today for these Soldiers,” said Sprouse.
The unit showed their support of the three Soldiers by having approximately 20 Soldiers attend the ceremony with members of the church.
“This is a special night for these Soldiers,” said Sprouse.
The baptism will surely be a lasting memory for the three Soldiers who participated but will also be a memorable deployment moment for those Soldiers who showed their support for the Soldiers.
“We will be praying for you as you deploy and we are proud of what you do,” said Reverend Felix Greer.
Greer is a Civil War enthusiast and recently visited Lexington, Va., and Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson house. His son, Jonathan, is named after Gen. Jackson.