Essay: Home of the Brave
On Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 at Fort Gordon, over 120 soldiers from Bravo Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, deployed in the afternoon following a farewell ceremony. The mission will last a year in support of the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and drawdown in Iraq.
Like any American soldier, they fight to make the world safer from terrorists, in a sometimes frightening post 9-11 era.
About 100 U.S. Army National Guardsmen and women from the 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations) returned home Dec. 7, 2011 from a mission to Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, graduated from St. John Newmann High School in 1999 and Edison Community College in 2002, then he enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, GA and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Crew Chief; he was on 2nd deployment when he and his crew were killed March 11, 2013 during a night time training mission near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. The cause of crash is under investigation.