Sen. Rusty Crowe honors 278th Armored Cavalry before deployment to Washington, D.C.

Published 2:47 pm Thursday, June 4, 2020

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NASHVILLE – Soldiers in the 278th Armored Cavalry were honored on the floor of the Senate by State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Senator Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol), Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains), Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) and others today as they get ready for deployment to Washington D.C. Crowe offered prayers and support for the 33 soldiers who will assist in efforts to resolve rioting and unrest in the nation’s capital.  
“My prayers and thanks go out to our 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment as they are being deployed to Washington, D.C.” said Sen. Crowe. “Our thanks and pride also goes out to Corki Weart and all the ladies that came together through Project Serve our Soldiers to prepare supplies for our troops. Once again Tennessee steps up in our nation’s time of need. I am proud this morning to honor our troops on the floor of the Senate and wish them Godspeed and a safe return.”
As riots have broken out across the country one of the hardest hit areas has been Washington, D.C. The troops will be deploying to keep the area safe from continuous civil unrest that has turned into violent protests.
The Rogersville, Tenn. based group Project Serve Our Soldiers has completed a mission of their own. They have made snack bags to send with the unit to go along with the Army rations. The non-profit’s goal is to serve U.S. military units with personnel from East Tennessee.
Eight volunteers made approximately 40 bags full of snacks for those in the 278th Armored Cavalry to go along with their Army rations.
Soldiers in the unit come from the Tri-Cities area including Washington, Hawkins, Sullivan, Carter, Greene and Unicoi counties.
The following is a transcript of Sen. Crowe’s prayer offered to the deploying troops on the Senate floor.
“Lord, be with our Tennessee troops and their families as they deploy to secure our nation’s capital and serve our country once again…We know that that covenant with God that General George Washington made all those years ago has carried our nation through , when none thought we could prevail… and I know it will accompany our troops as they deploy today….Protect them, be with their families and guide our country’s leaders as they work to bring peace and understanding throughout our great nation … Be with this body as we work to bring our state back from the pandemic we have experienced… help us to glorify you in all we do… in Jesus’ name I pray…”

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