Great Turnout for 214th Send Off Ceremony

February 18, 2013

One of the three platoons at attention on the square.

A magnificent send off ceremony for soldiers with the 214th Artillery Battalion, known as “Task Force Granite, on Friday.

Well over a thousand people crammed into Elberton’s Downtown Square for the ceremony.

Among those, State Representative Tom McCall (R-33), who presented the unit with a flag that had been flown over the state capital.

He said there are members from every corner of the state.

“This battalion consists of heroes from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia to Fort Stewart, from Cario to Clayton, and from Bowman to Fortsonia”, said Rep. McCall. “We appreciate everything that ya’ll do.”

Major Jim Butterworth commands the Georgia National Guard, and announced Task Force Granite’s certification.

“You all are the best trained organization going into the war fight, and that has been qualified, quantified, and as of two days ago I certified it, and turned you over to the United States Army to serve your country in Afghanistan”, said Maj. Gen. Butterworth.

To close out the ceremony, Battalion Commander LTC David Casey shared a few thoughts and said that his unit is approaching the line of departure.

“The time has now come, and the day is now upon us”, said LTC Casey. “We are at the line of departure. As our battalion motto so clearly states, We Hear and Strike, granite six out.”

The 214thArtillery Division departs this coming weekend for a nine to twelve month deployment to Shindan Air Base, Harat Province.

Another roar from the crowd as the troops leave the square.