MILITARY MATTERS: 100 medical personnel to begin 9-month mission - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

MILITARY MATTERS: 100 medical personnel to begin 9-month mission

Posted: Updated:
  • Military MattersMore>>

  • Military Matters Featured Videos

    Military Matters

    Military Matters is a weekly feature dealing with all things military. If you have any suggestions for News Leader 9's anchor, Chuck Leonard, send an email to cleonard@wtvm.com, or follow him on Facebook.More >>
    Military Matters is a weekly feature dealing with all things military. If you have any suggestions for News Leader 9's anchor, Chuck Leonard, send an email to cleonard@wtvm.com, or follow him on Facebook.More >>
  • Military Matters: Grubbin to Give

    Military Matters: Grubbin to Give

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:56:09 GMT
    Most of us love to eat, and if we can help out a worthwhile charity at the same time it's icing on the cake, or ketchup on the burger, to use a phrase more befitting of this week's Military Matters.More >>
    The Four Winds Restaurant in Cusseta is known for the world-famous Ranger Burger, and it sold a bunch of them recently… enough to raise $1,500 for charity.

    The promotion, called Grubbin to Give, put 50 percent of the day's proceeds in the coffers of the Warrior Outreach Program.
    More >>
  • Military Matters: Merrill's Marauders honored

    Military Matters: Merrill's Marauders honored

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:07:09 GMT
    Our Military Matters this week is about durability during warfare.  Merrill's Marauders is an Army unit that walked nearly 1,000 miles in search of the enemy during World War II. They were honored recentlyMore >>
    Our Military Matters this week is about durability during warfare.  Merrill's Marauders is an Army unit that walked nearly 1,000 miles in search of the enemy during World War II. They were honored recentlyMore >>
FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

More than 100 medical personnel are about to begin a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.  They've been making final preparations this week at Ft. Benning, Ga. and on Monday held a traditional casing ceremony.

That's when the colors of a particular military unit are prepared for deployment.

The ceremony featured the 14th Combat Support Hospital, which is headed back to Afghanistan to assist in the medical care of American and Coalition forces, and detainees.

Otha Smith was among those in attendance Monday.  Smith has been through this before, when he took part in the first Gulf War two decades ago.  Now it's his wife's turn.

"We don't talk much about what the mission is Smith told us, just the particulars, when we're leaving, when we're coming home. You know, stuff like that."

His wife, Capt. Tonya Maddox-Smith, said the help of others has readied her for the mission.

"I got a lot of support from friends and family, she told us, and strangers that will just stop me and thank me for my service. I always thank them for their support."

With fewer and fewer U.S. troops in Afghanistan, many are asking if this is the final deployment there.

"Never say never", said Col. W. Scott Drennon, commander of the 14th. "It may very well be the last but anything can change. It all depends on the mission down range, and what they decide we need to do next"

The nine months can't end quickly enough for Cheryl DeLoach and her family. She's worried about her husband's safety. But like many loved ones left behind, Cheryl draws strength from his commitment.

"There are no words of how proud I am of him", said DeLoach. "He's serving his country. He says God, family and country, and he truly believes that, and so do I."

The troops will join a much larger contingent when they get to Afghanistan.

Copyright 2012 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

 

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.