258th Eng. Co., AZ NG, deploys out of Fort Bliss
Claudia P. Roberto,
DoMaD Public Affairs:
More than 150 Army National Guard Soldiers of the 258th Engineer Company from Phoenix flew out of Fort Bliss Aug. 20 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The company arrived at Fort Bliss July 10 to conduct pre-deployment training. Upon arrival, the Directorate of Mobilization and Deployment facilitated their in-processing over a 10-day period. Fifth Brigade conducted their training at McGregor Range, N.M., over the next month.
First Lt. Roberto Gomez, company commander, and 1st Sgt. Michael B. Kirby, company first sergeant, of the 258th agreed that the training conducted at McGregor Range under 5th Armored Brigade helped strengthen and solidify the unit in preparation for deployment.
“Our Soldiers have been doing an outstanding job,” said Kirby. “Many of our young Soldiers have been recognized throughout the training by DoMaD and 5th Armored Brigade. We’re very proud to see the future leaders of the company grow during the pre-deployment training.”
The primary mission for the 258th is to provide horizontal and vertical support to all the bases in the area. The company will provide various engineer support, such as building roads and repairing airstrips.
Furthermore, the 258th have improved in the overall fitness level of their company. Soldiers who had a hard time passing the physical training test have improved their score significantly.
“Our Soldiers are more motivated to get out there, work out, and make it a daily occurrence,” said Gomez. “Our biggest accomplishment thus far is our Soldiers coming together and working together.”
Gomez and Kirby are thankful for the family readiness groups back home and the friends and family for their continued support.
“It keeps us motivated and engaged on our mission,” said Gomez.
The company flew out of Biggs Army Airfield Aug. 20 to commence their 9-month tour in Afghanistan. This is the second deployment for the 258th Engineer Company.
“Our number one task is to accomplish our mission and get everyone home safe” said Kirby.
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