2019-01-11 / Front Page

‘FAST AND FURIOUS’

Signal troops deploy in support of EUCOM
Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Captain Debora R. Nelson, commander of Alpha Company, 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) leads her troops down a path flanked by supporters that included members of the local Patriot Guard. Second Lt. David Monzon / 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) Captain Debora R. Nelson, commander of Alpha Company, 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) leads her troops down a path flanked by supporters that included members of the local Patriot Guard. Second Lt. David Monzon / 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) Families and friends of the 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) packed Nelson Fitness Center on Jan. 7 for a deployment ceremony before bidding farewell to dozens of Servicemembers.

Alpha Company, 67th ESB, is headed to Europe where it will provide support to United States European Command (EUCOM). The deployment is scheduled to last about nine months.

“Alpha Company is fully prepared to take on this mission and excel in providing communications support to the warfighter and our allies across Europe,” said Lt. Col. Tom O. Matchin III, 67th ESB commander. “The Soldiers, NCOs, and officers are true professionals, and we know that they will make the 67th ESB, 35th Signal Brigade, and Fort Gordon proud of all their accomplishments in the coming months.”


Soldiers from Alpha Company, 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) say goodbye to loved ones before loading onto buses for their next destination. Second Lt. David Monzon / 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) Soldiers from Alpha Company, 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) say goodbye to loved ones before loading onto buses for their next destination. Second Lt. David Monzon / 67th Signal Battalion (Expeditionary) Led by Capt. Debora R. Nelson and 1st Sgt. Bryan L. Corbett Sr., Soldiers from the unit will be dispersed at various locations throughout Europe; some working independently and others as part of small teams.

“For the new Soldiers, this is going to allow them to experience and really see the importance of their job providing signal communications to the warfighter overseas and also working with different cultures,” Nelson said. “It is really going to require them to work together and to really dig deep into their skills to provide the support and come up with solutions if the network goes down rapidly.”

Unlike many units that have at least six months or more to prepare for a deployment, A Co. was given a shorter notice – about three months, to be precise.

“We’ve had a lot of long nights, vigorous training … 90 days is a very tight suspense to get everything done,” Nelson said. “They have worked very hard to get to this point, and they are ready. I am extremely proud of our Soldiers.”

Nelson said that one of top her priorities – along with Corbett – will be to conduct battlefield circulations to ensure Soldiers are focused on the mission of providing “top of the line signal support” while being taken care of themselves.

As for loved the loves ones they leave behind, Nelson said the Soldiers’ families have been connected to resources including the unit’s family readiness group, which is fully engaged.

“We are going to constantly reach back and make sure that they’re well-informed and ensure they are receiving any support that they need,” Nelson said. “I’m looking forward to the Soldiers returning back to their families.”

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