Penn State DuBois Hosts Area Troops
Penn State DuBois played host to area soldiers who will deploy to Iraq during a February ceremony.
The 542nd Quarter Master Company, Detachment II of the U.S. Army Reserve in DuBois left for Camp Atterbury, Indiana for training on Saturday, February 21, and will soon be placed on active duty at Camp Anaconda, Iraq. A Deployment Ceremony for the 50 members who will serve a one year tour was held in the gymnasium at Penn State DuBois, followed by a reception for the soldiers, friends and family in the Student Union.
More than 400 people attended the ceremony, where speakers included Two-Star General Michael Dunleavy. Representatives from local fire and police departments, the Pennsylvania State Police, the VFW, the Masonic Lodge and area businesses also turned out for the event.
U.S. Army Reserve Officials said all food for their reception was donated by people from the DuBois community. Penn State DuBois was also proud to provide the use of campus facilities free of charge.
"The community support has been so unbelievable," said Colonel Neil Skow of the 542nd. "I've never seen anything like the support that the people of DuBois give to their troops. They are really here for their soldiers."