Pre-deployment prayers, pancakes prep for deployment

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 45th Sust. Bde. pile on the pancakes at a prayer breakfast at the Leilehua Golf Course, April 2. The event included a hot meal, inspiring speeches and prayers for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Soldiers of the 45th Sust. Bde. pile on the pancakes at a prayer breakfast at the Leilehua Golf Course, April 2. The event included a hot meal, inspiring speeches and prayers for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Story and photo by Spc. Erin Sherwood
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Pancakes were plentiful for the Soldiers and families of the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during a pre-deployment prayer breakfast, April 2, at Leleihua Golf Course.

The event drew more than 150 participants for an interactive service that included singing, prayer, inspiring speeches and a delicious meal.

“This breakfast is a chance for us to reflect on our unity as a brigade before we leave for deployment,” said Lt. Col. Greg Wagnon, deputy commanding officer for the brigade, during the opening for the service.

More than 100 Soldiers from the brigade’s headquarters will head downrange to Afghanistan, soon, to participate in a U.S. Army Central Command materiel recovery mission.

“We are about to head in to a world of challenges,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Florio Pierre, 45th Sust. Bde. “I hope this service helps you stay resilient and prepare for the mission ahead.”

The 25th Infantry Division Band supplied a steady source of music for the audience during the event, while members of the brigade read prayers focusing on safety, family and deployment.

The event’s guest speaker, Chaplain (Col.) David Giammona, Installation Management Command-Pacific Region, compared the upcoming deployment to a long and difficult race.

“What good is starting a race if you don’t finish it successfully?” asked Giammona. “Often, the hardest part is to keep going, but that is what will get you through. If you never give up, you can never fail.”

The prayer breakfast has become a staple for the 45th since its last one in October 2013. With the Army’s push towards resiliency, it has become a great way to keep the brigade strong during and after deployment.

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