"The Merriment Before Deployment"
13th SC(E) Holds Annual Bluebonnet Ball

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

Soldiers and their Families gathered to welcome the summer as the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held its annual Bluebonnet Ball May 28 at the Tenroc Ranch in Salado.

The 13th SC(E) headquarters is scheduled to deploy this summer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Soldiers took a break from their daily pre-deployment training and preparations to enjoy the ball.

“The Soldiers have been working hard and now they have an opportunity to relax and have some fun with each other and their families,” said 1st Lt. David Wyche, aide-de-camp, 13th SC(E).  

The troops have conducted pre-deployment readiness, taken classes in physical, mental, and emotional health, and gained important tools, such as first aid, in the months leading up to the deployment. Now, with the first flight just over six weeks away, the Soldiers are mentally preparing themselves and their families for the fight ahead.

“It’s been tough getting ready to leave again,” Sgt. Bryan Gravely, executive assistant to the commanding general, 13th SC(E), said about his second Deployment. “But I’m glad we have tonight so we can all get together with our peers and get to know each other.”

The 13th Corps Support Command Association sponsored the ball. The 13th CCA is an organization open to all Soldiers assigned to the 13th or its subordinate units and its primary objective is to support the Soldiers and Families of the 13th SC(E).

“Now, prior to deployment is the most important time for the unit to get together and just have fun,” said Gravely.  

The 13th CCA was recognized for all the work the organization does for the Soldiers of the 13th SC(E). The commanding general handed out plaques on behalf of the troops.

“Thank you for everything,” said Brig. Gen. Paul L. Wentz, commander, 13th SC(E).  

 

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Maj. Derrick Corbett, secretary general staff, 13th SC(E), sings "I just called to say I love you" at the 13th SC(E)'s annual Bluebonnet Ball May 28 at the Tenroc Ranch in Salado. The 13th SC(E) headquarters is scheduled to deploy this summer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Soldiers took a break from their daily pre-deployment training and preparations to enjoy the ball.