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Mississippi soldiers send Christmas wishes from overseas

MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt – Sgt. Ryan Rouchon and Spc. Zachary Johnson, team leader and M249 gunner, respectively, for the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, watch the commander’s screen within their Bradley Fighting vehicle during the Situational Training Exercise on September 13, 2018. The Soldiers from the 155th ABCT were supported by soldiers from the Jordanian and Egyptian armed forces during their event at Bright Star 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler)

The 155th ABCT has been deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield for the past six months. While most Mississippians will be gathered around the fireside with friends and family on Christmas Day, many of the state’s finest are working hard to protect the freedoms and traditions which the Christmas season brings.

The Mississippi National Guard unit has approximately 4,500 Soldiers from Mississippi, Kansas, and California as the decisive effort in Task Force Spartan. The brigade has Soldiers operating in eleven countries in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Congressman Trent Kelly led a bipartisan delegation to the Middle East Last month calling it an honor as they served Thanksgiving Day lunch to the service men and women stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

“We let them know that we are proud of their service and understand the sacrifices they and their families have made to protect our nation,” said Kelly. “As we celebrate the holidays, let us all remember those who are watching over us at this hour and their families who are waiting for their safe return.”

As you enjoy Christmas with family this year, take a moment to remember those who are unable to be together singing Christmas carols, sipping on eggnog, and opening presents with the spirit of Christmas that brings out the childlike wonder in all.

Below are Christmas messages from Soldiers of the 155th:


Staff Sgt. Michael Williams – Gulfport, MS


Capt. Mary-Anne M. Runner – Booneville, MS


Chaplain (Maj.) David O. Morris – Canton, MS


Capt. Joseph T. Griffin – Hattiesburg, MS


Spc. Amber T. Thompson – Forest, MS


Spc. Elijah G. Shadburn – New Albany, MS

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