Send-off in Monticello for Troops 23 May 12

A departure ceremony is scheduled this evening (Wednesday) for more than 120 soldiers of the 257th Military Police Company in Monticello, Minn.

“The 257th Military Police Company will partner with the Afghan National Army to support operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Army Capt. Troy M. Hyland, 257th Military Police Company Commander.

“This company of soldiers has always displayed strong values in the dedication towards professionalism,” said Hyland. “Building on this foundation, we have a highly motivated, adaptable group of soldiers that consistently exhibit a family-type respect and trust for each other.”

“It became apparent that our communication will ensure the success of our deployment,” said Army Cpl. Ashley L. Pederson, team leader. “We recently trained together at Camp Ripley and worked on refining our skills.

Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend the departure ceremony Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Monticello High School Auditorium, 5225 School Boulevard Monticello.