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Soldiers honored with luncheon by Temple Chamber

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September 19, 2013 | News
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Soldiers line up to help themselves to a tasty barbecue lunch during the Temple Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple. Various businesses and organizations sponsored lunches for the troops, inviting more than 150 troops to the event. Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs
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Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., the commander of the 13th SC(E), compliments the city of Temple and Central Texas communities for their hospitality during the Temple Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple. Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs
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Soldiers smile at a joke during the Temple Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple. Various businesses and individuals sponsored each Soldier for a free barbecue lunch, expressing appreciation for those who serve. The Temple Chamber of Commerce and its members, friends and supporters invited more than 150 Soldiers to the event from various Fort Hood units and units from the Texas National Guard. Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs
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Jim Granfor, the chairman of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, addresses guests during the Temple Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday. The chamber puts on a luncheon to celebrate service members annually. This year, they had close to 600 attendees, 150 of them Soldiers. Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs
TEMPLE - More than 150 Fort Hood Soldiers had barbecue lunch courtesy of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center.

The chamber’s Military Appreciation Luncheon is an annual event, which also serves as the kick-off for the chamber’s military toy drive for the holidays.

“I think you agree with me that we have the greatest military force on Earth, all volunteer,” said Jim Granfor, the chairman of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, in his opening remarks. Granfor

complimented all services for their contributions, and made sure that the audience honored veterans and those who currently serve with several rounds of applause.

There is a long-standing history of cooperation between the city of Temple and Soldiers from the 1st Medical Brigade and the “Providers” of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), said Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., 13th SC(E) commander and keynote speaker for the event. “The most important part of this event is to have the opportunity to talk with each other.”

LeMasters challenged participants to talk to the Soldiers in the audience and ask them a couple of questions about their background and the Army, if they haven’t already done so.

“It’s all about getting to know you and getting to know us,” he said.

“These Soldiers here today represent not only the Army, but the future of our great nation … our all-volunteer Army is an example for other nations,” LeMasters added.

The general also discussed budget cuts, the new Defense Strategy Guidance and force restructuring.

“Let me assure you, that the senior leaders of our Army are looking at these challenges,” he said, adding that he is confident that leaders at high levels will make the best decisions for the future of the force.

1st Lt. Sherry Klander said her unit put out a memorandum to let the Soldiers know about the event.

“It was great,” Klander, Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Sustainment Brigade, said. “It was an awesome experience to see community support.”
 
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