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Soldier Weds Prior to Deployment 
Ceremony Held at Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters 
Pfc. Danilo Gomez, a budget clerk from the 101ST Finance Detachment, Massachusetts National Guard marries Steffany Castillo. 
Pfc. Danilo Gomez, a budget clerk from the 101ST Finance Detachment, Massachusetts Army National Guard marries Steffany Castillo his girlfriend and the mother of his 17-month-old daughter Amaia at the Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters in Milford Massachusetts Dec. 29, 2008. 
By Army Sgt. James Lally, Massachusetts National Guard 

Milford, Mass. - A Soldier, who is slated to deploy this spring, was married in a civil ceremony at the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Milford Massachusetts yesterday.

Army Pfc. Danilo Gomez, a finance specialist from the 101st Finance Detachment, Massachusetts Army National Guard, married Steffany Castillo, his girlfriend of four years and the mother of his 17-month-old daughter Amaia.

With an upcoming deployment Gomez went to JFHQ to prepare his family for his absence by ensuring that that they receive all of the benefits they are entitled to as a military family.

“With our busy schedule, we figured we could take care of getting married and our life insurance in one day, since we have our daughter, Amaia, and another baby due in June,” said Gomez.

“Being married is the formal union that my family and I have accepted to recognize our love,” said Gomez. “We were committed before to be together, but this is what lets the rest of the world know how we feel about each other and how we vow never to separate, till death do us apart,” said Gomez.

The ceremony was performed by Col. Christopher C. Henes, Deputy State Judge Advocate General at the Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters. “I have been a justice of the peace for more than 25 years and have performed several ceremonies for Soldiers going back to operation Desert Storm,” said Henes.

“I didn’t know Col. Henes before the ceremony, but he made me feel like a son the way he helped me and my wife with all of our questions,” said Gomez. He assisted us with paper work that without his help, we would have had to make multiple trips to Headquarters from our home in New Hampshire,” said Gomez.

Gomez’s civilian career working for the Bank of America mirrors his military career as a finance specialist for the 101st Finance Detachment. Finance specialists perform duties such as computing payroll and other allowances, auditing accounting records and disbursing cash to Soldiers. Gomez is a resident of Salem, New Hampshire, and has been a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard since August 20, 2007.

12/30/2008