25 Task Force 21 Soldiers Reenlist in Desert
Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th SC(E) Public Affairs
25 Soldiers from Task Force 21 reenlisted in a ceremony April 29 after the completion of weapons training on Udairi Range in Kuwait.
Col. Jeffrey B. Clark, commanding officer of Task Force 21, presided over the ceremony, during which 10 junior enlisted Soldiers and 15 noncommissioned officers reenlisted.
"I am always honored to be a part of promotions, awards, and reenlistment ceremonies. However, my favorite is reenlistments because both the Soldier and his or her family have decided to continue to serve with our Army," said Clark.
"While the reasons these Soldiers reenlisted vary from educational opportunities to a hefty bonus, one thing remains common for all TF 21 Soldiers: Dedication to duty," said 2nd Lt. Jose Sanfeliz, a battle captain with Task Force 21, "These Soldiers believe in the current mission and have trained hard since the formation of TF 21 on March 20, 2006."
"I made up my mind to reenlist prior to Iraq, so the bonus was just a plus. Education is a priority for me, and I believe the Army can offer more than what the civilian sector can," said Spc. Francis Young, a medic with Task Force 21.
"I knew when I joined the Army that I would retire as a Soldier. As far as waiting until arriving in theater to reenlist, I would not have received the bonus otherwise, so it just seemed like the smart thing to do," said Staff Sgt. Raymond Armendariz, a licensed practical nurse and retention NCO with Task Force 21.
More than half the Soldiers in Task Force 21, and the command team, are from the 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
Task Force 21 deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 27 April 2006 with the mission to provide detainee healthcare at Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca.
Asked about the difficulties of reenlisting 25 Soldiers Armendariz responded, "The paperwork was difficult, but the experience was rewarding. It felt good being a part of a process that involved important decisions made by both the Soldiers and their families."
25 Soldiers from Task Force 21, whose mission is to provide detainee health care at Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca, reenlist in a ceremony April 29 in Kuwait. The brunt of the task force is comprised of Soldiers from the 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).