Dec 17 Freedom Salute and Send Off

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Maj. Gen. Francis Evon, adjutant general for the Connecticut National Guard, and other dignitaries helped send off more than 140 Connecticut Guardsman and welcomed home an additional seven during a Freedom Salute and Send-Off ceremony at the Governor William A. O'Neill Armory, here, Dec. 17, 2019.

Soldiers from Headquarters Company, 192nd Military Police Battalion, 242nd Engineers (Construction Management Team), and select members from the 928th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dogs) are preparing to deploy to various areas of operation around the globe in support of the Global War on Terror.

"The men and women of the 192nd, 928th MPs, and the 242nd Engineers have trained hard, prepared well, and I have no doubt they will succeed in their assigned missions," said Evon. "I also want to thank their families and employers. Our success truly depends on their support and we are grateful for everything you do so our Guardsmen can maintain focus on the mission."

In addition to sending off these Soldiers, the ceremony also officially welcomed home members of the 256th Engineer Detachment (Firefighters) who returned to Connecticut in October after being deployed to Romania and Bulgaria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

"With Army and Air Force units returning and three more going out the door, our Connecticut National Guard have certainly been busy," said Lamont. "They have been, and will be, extraordinary ambassadors for Connecticut around the world. We are so grateful to the Soldiers of the 256th who have returned after being away from home and your loved ones for so long. We are also proud of the brave Soldiers deploying soon and we know that you will serve honorably, bringing great credit to our state and nation."

"Every time we get to welcome home our Service Members, it's a special day for me and for our whole Connecticut National Guard family," said Evon. "This is an opportunity to thank each and every Guardsman – and their families – for a job well done and for their sacrifice being away from their loved ones."

With these units deploying, the total number of Connecticut Service Members deployed will exceed 300 throughout Central and Southern Commands' areas of responsibilities.