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La. Guard medical company awarded during ceremony

By Sgt. 1st Class Scott D. Longstreet, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

PINEVILLE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard’s 756th Medical Company Area Support, 415th Military Intelligence Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group, held a post-deployment awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge, April 28.

During the award ceremony, 61 outstanding citizen-Soldiers received the Louisiana National Guard War Cross Medal. This medal honors LANG service members who enter active duty and serve honorably for a period of at least 90 days during a national emergency, presidential call-up to protect national security interests, or period beginning with the declaration of war or the first day of actual hostilities.

“It is an honor to see my Soldiers receive this prestigious award,” said Lt. Col. Connie D. Gates, commander of the 756th MCAS. “The job they did in preparation for and during our deployment to Poland was outstanding. I could not be more fortunate and prouder to serve as their commander.”

The 756th, headquartered at Gillis W. Long Center in Carville, Louisiana, is organized into three platoons: treatment, ambulance and headquarters. It is comprised of medical occupation specialties such as surgeons, doctors, physician assistants, nurses, combat medics, radiology technicians, dental technicians and vehicle and generator mechanics.

“You had a very important mission and you cared for more than 2,000 patients during your time in Poland,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Friloux, the adjutant general of Louisiana. “I can say mission accomplished, job well done and congratulations. Thank you for your service to our State and our Nation; each of you hold your head very high. I am very proud of your accomplishments, and I am proud to serve with you. You continue to represent the best of Louisiana, the best of the LANG and the best of the United States Army.”

Last year, the 756th MCAS deployed to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. During this deployment, they provided medical and logistical support for the United States European Command throughout the region.

“I appreciate the Soldiers of the 756,” said 1st Sgt. David P. Champagne, 756th MCAS senior enlisted leader. “I appreciate their willingness to stand in the gap, leaving family and friends behind.”

The 756th previously deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom along with various state missions in support of their fellow citizens of Louisiana. The 756th MCAS is always ready to “Protect What Matters” whenever and wherever they are asked to serve.

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