152nd CSSB Activated For Duty Saturday During Ceremony At Riggs High School

(KCCR) — A South Dakota National Guard unit is activated Saturday during a ceremony at the T-F Riggs Gymnasium in Pierre…

“Attention to Orders!  Permanent order number 1-Alpha -18 – 302-004.  By the authority of the Secretary of the Army, the 152nd CSSB and it’s unit members are ordered to active duty in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  Effective date of the order 25 July 2019.  By the order of the Governor of South Dakota; signed Major General Jeffery P. Marlette, South Dakota National Guard, the Adjutant General.  Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you the soldiers of the 152nd CSSB.”
That order by Lt. Col. Kevin Huxford is activating the 69 soldiers from 29 communities across South Dakota for a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. This is the second deployment for the 152nd CSSB and South Dakota Senator John Thune says there’s a reason for that…

“We know that they will perform well.  We were here six years ago when this unit deployed and carried out their duties with great distinction and great honor.  They get asked because their…of their professionalism, they get asked because of their courage, they get asked because of dedication, they get asked because of their aptitude, they get asked because America needs men and women like those represented here today and the families who support them; to answer that call of duty and make sure that America’s interests are being defended and persevered both here at home and around the world.”
All of those speaking at the hour long ceremony thanked the families of those being deployed. Senator Mike Rounds says those who employ the soldiers also need to be recognized…

“Thank you for allowing these young men and women to work in your place of employment and then to take time off and take another step as defenders of our Country.  Leaving their work, leaving their families and going someplace for, perhaps a year.  To the young men and women that make up the 152nd, thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your service.  Without you, our Country would not be free.”
Governor Kristi Noem says South Dakota will keep careful watch over the soldiers’ families while they are deployed…

“That we will pray for you and we can’t put a price tag on the sacrifices that you’ll make.  The births, the holidays, the mealtime conversations, the school events that you will miss.  But just know that each and every person in this room has answered the call to serve your families.  By being here, they’re saying they will fill in in your absence.  That they will cheer on your kids at those events and that they’ll be there offering a carpool or a meal while you’re gone, because that’s the heart of South Dakota and what makes this state so special.”
The unit will report to Fort Hood, Texas, to complete several weeks of theater-specific training prior to deployment overseas.