June 7, 2005

Engineer Battalion to Conduct Freedom Salute Ceremony

BLACKSTONE, Va. - The 276th Engineer Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard, will conduct its Freedom Salute Ceremony June 11 and 12, 2005.  The ceremony is open to the public.  Members of the media are invited to cover the event.  Media will have access to Soldiers and family members at the event.

The Assistant Adjutant General, Brigadier General John Sayers, will be the speaker for the 276th Engineer Battalion Freedom Salute Ceremony.  For additional information please contact 1st Lt. LaTonya Martin at (804) 633-5170 or latonya.martin@us.army.mil.

WHO:  The 276th Engineer Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard

WHAT:  Will conduct its Freedom Salute Ceremony

WHEN AND WHERE

Headquarters Company
Ceremony will be held June 12, 2005 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at John Marshall High School Auditorium, 4225 Old Brook Rd, Richmond, Va. Please contact Sgt. First Class Larry Jackson at 804-228-5170 for additional information

Company A
Ceremony will be held June 11, 2005 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Virginia National Guard Armory, 276 Essayons Drive (Manns Road), Powhatan, Va. Please contact Sgt. First Class Donald Sawyer or Sgt. First Class Max Garner at 804-598-3077 for additional information

Company B
Ceremony will be held June 11, 2005 beginning 9:00 a.m. at Southwest Virginia Community College Auditorium, 369 College Road, Richlands, Va. Please contact 1st Lt. Street at 276-954-7785 for additional information

Company C
Ceremony will be held June 12, beginning 1:30 p.m.  at West Point High School Auditorium, 2700 Mattaponi Ave., West Point, Va. Please contact Sgt. First Class Nathan Rigney at 804-843-2818 for additional information

HOW:  The Freedom Salute Campaign is the one of the largest Army National Guard recognition endeavors in history, designed to publicly acknowledge Army Guard soldiers and those who supported them during the President's call to duty for recent military operations.

WHY:  The Freedom Salute Ceremony will be conducted to publicly recognize and thank the Soldiers, their families and members of the community and organizations that played such an important role in assuring the 276th Engineer Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard, successfully accomplished its mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Approximately 525 Soldiers from the 276th Engineer Battalion entered active federal service on December 18, 2003 and deployed to their mobilization station Ft. Dix, N. J.  The 276th Engineer Battalion successfully completed preparation for overseas deployment.  The unit served in Iraq and was released from active federal service in March 2005.  June 11 and 12, 2005 mark the first time Soldiers of the 276th Engineer Battalion will have trained together since the unit was released from active federal service in March 2005.  Unit home towns are:

      • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Richmond, Va.
      • Company A, Powhatan, Va.
      • Company B, Richlands, Va.
      • Company C, West Point, Va.

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