Signal Soldiers Deploy in Support of OEF Spring Surge

Story and Photo by Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

 

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FORT HOOD, Tx. – Pvt. John Gerdeman files out of the gym and onto the bus beginning his first deployment to combat. Approximately 220 Soldiers of the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom April 27 here at Fort Hood. “Our mission is to provide COMMO support for all the Soldiers and Marines who will be coming to Afghanistan as part of the surge,” said Lt. Col. James Denardo, commander, 57th Exp. Signal Bn.

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FORT HOOD, Tx. – Pvt. John Gerdeman and his wife, Skye Valerio, talk to thier command financial specialist prior to Gerdeman’s deployment ceremony, while their kids Rylan Thomas and Zane Gerdeman entertain themselves. Approximately 220 Soldiers of the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom April 27 here at Fort Hood. “I feel for the families, but they should know that I’m confident in our NCOs and officer’s abilities to take care of their Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. James Denardo, commander, 57th Exp. Signal Bn.

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Pvt. John Gerdeman consoles his 4 year-old son, Zane, prior to Gerdeman's first deployment to combat. Approximately 220 Soldiers of the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom April 27 here at Fort Hood. "I'm very confident in our solid core of NCOs and officers to take care of their troops," said Lt. Col. James Denardo, commander, 57th Exp. Signal Bn.