The soldiers of Fort Gordon's 67th Signal Battalion want to say "thank you" for the holiday wishes you've sent them.
The battalion, which deployed in October for a yearlong tour in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, received numerous Christmas cards from school children at Columbia County Christian Academy, plus one large signed card at the Signal Band concert Dec. 7.
Lt. Col. Mike Plummer and Command Sgt. Major Mark Stroh wrote the following in an e-mail to The Augusta Chronicle:
"The entire Augusta community has been tremendous. Not a day goes by without a soldier receiving a letter or package from family or a group back home. Please pass along our heartfelt thanks. From the men and women of the 67th Signal Battalion, happy holidays, Augusta!"
The battalion - part of Task Force Desert Warrior - works to provide battlefield communications to coalition military forces in war zones, including Internet service, voice communications and other services.
Soldiers of the 67th, who are kept busy setting up and moving operations around, are encamped in more than 15 separate locations throughout the deserts of Iraq, Lt. Col. Plummer said in an e-mail.
"The ... days have gone by very fast, and it's because of the daily missions that the battalion successfully accomplishes," he said.
Soldiers are also sent out to other units, including the 25th and 54th Signal battalions.
Lt. Col. Plummer said at least 27 soldiers have re-enlisted in the Army as well.
To keep up with loved ones back in the United States, the 67th's parent unit, the 93rd Signal Brigade, provided video teleconferences during Thanksgiving and plans to do the same this Christmas, he said.
To show your support for the men and women of the 67th Signal Battalion, post a message at www.augustachronicle.com/67th/.
Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.