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Soldiers from the 747th MIlitary Police Company 
WARE, Mass. - Soldiers from the 747th MIlitary Police Company, and the Headquarters Detachment, 211th Military Police Battalion, march from the Ware armory toward the Ware Junior/Senior High School here today. The Massachusetts National Guard members participated in a send-off ceremony and are deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct detainee operations. (U. S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Doug Huddy, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/ Released)
By Army National Guard Sgt. Doug Huddy, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs  

WARE, Mass. – Family, friends, state officials, and military leaders gathered at Ware Junior/Senior High School here Saturday to bid farewell and good luck to 130 Soldiers of the Massachusetts National Guard’s 747th Military Police Company, and the Headquarters Detachment, 211th Military Police Battalion.

The Guard members will deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct detainee operations. 

The gymnasium walls, adorned with dozens of championship banners, housed an appropriate environment for such an occasion, said Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. 

 “Fate is a funny thing.  It has brought us here on this day and at this time.  As we look around, we see that we are surrounded by this community of champions,” Rice said as he glanced around the gym and noted the numerous banners.  He then addressed the deploying Guard members and said, “You represent champions in our midst.  You are heroes among us.”

The general’s remarks provoked a thundering applause, as the well-wishers showered the deploying Soldiers with a lengthy standing ovation.

“This is the home team right here,” said Col. Richard Johnson, 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Commander, as he pointed to the families of the deploying Soldiers.  “Our family remains strong because we all understand what this is about.  The more difficult job is the one at home.  Concentrating on the mission down range is made easier because this group – the families – will excel together.” 

“You just never get used to this,” said Carol Pagnoni, mother of Spc. Matthew Boucher, whom, Pagnoni said, is deploying for the third time.  “I just pray and keep the faith that he’ll be fine and return safe.”

The Guantanamo Bay operation represents the third time the 747th has been deployed since the terror attacks of 9/11.  The unit deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 and again to Iraq in July, 2009 to July 2010.

2/3/2014 
Sgt. James Schaefer

WARE, Mass. - Sgt. James Schaefer poses with his family, including son Mason, during a send-off ceremony for the 130 Soldiers from the 747th MIlitary Police Company, and the Headquarters Detachment, 211th Military Police Battalion, at Ware Junior/Senior High School here today. The Guard members will deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct detainee operations. (U. S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Doug Huddy, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/ Released)


Spc. Nicholas Harris

WARE, Mass. - Spc. Nicholas Harris hugs his best friend Samantha Sanchez during a send-off ceremony for the 130 Soldiers from the 747th MIlitary Police Company, and the Headquarters Detachment, 211th Military Police Battalion, at Ware Junior/Senior High School here today. The Guard members will deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct detainee operations. (U. S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Doug Huddy, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/ Released)