(picture courtesy of Claire Sale/American Red Cross)
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Five volunteers from the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross went to Fayetteville on Monday to assist with a lage-scale deployment of the National Guard. When the North Carolina National Guard asked the Red Cross for help in feeding family members of soldiers at a deployment ceremony, the Red Cross offered a lending hand. Working with the National Guard and several donors, the Red Cross will be feeding 5,000 troops from the North Carolina National Guard and approximately 12,000 family members.
Soldiers prepare to deploy with celebration
By: Gavin MacRoberts (News 14)
FAYETTEVILLE—Family and friends will gather at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville on Tuesday as thousands of soldiers from the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Unit prepare to deploy to Iraq.
The American Red Cross will be on hand for the event to feed the more than 12,000 soldiers and family members during the Hail and Farewell ceremony. The last time the brigade deployed to Iraq was in 2004.
Guest speakers include Gov. Bev Perdue, the secretary of the Army, the chief of staff for the U.S. Army and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.
The 30th is the largest brigade in the North Carolina National Guard, with more than 4,000 soldiers deploying to Iraq. The brigade also includes units from West Virginia and Colorado.
The brigade team just returned from training at Fort Irwin in California.