Story by John Tongret, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs
Photos by Markeith Horace, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Nov. 24, 2017) – More than 100 Soldiers of the 14th Combat Support Hospital, based at Fort Benning, Georgia, returned to Lawson Army Airfield Wednesday, Nov. 22 from their mission in Puerto Rico to provide life-saving and life-sustaining service in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The 14th CSH command team, Col. Rachele Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Clarence R. Thomas, performed an uncasing of the colors as part of the redeployment ceremony.
“There was a sense of sadness across the island, and we knew what we needed to do,” said Smith. “We gave them a sense of hope, safety, and that everything would be all right.”
The 14th CSH and 926th Preventive Medicine Detachment, a subordinate unit of 14th CSH, deployed Oct. 2 as part of Defense Support to Civil Authorities. The 926th and some 14th CSH Soldiers had already redeployed Nov. 16. (Read the story and see the video here).
For more on the 14th CSH mission to Puerto Rico, visit “14th Combat Support Hospital provides medical support in Puerto Rico” at http://benningnews.org/2017/10/09/14th-combat-support-hospital-provides-medical-support-in-puerto-rico.