Story by SGT Andrew Valenza on 06/27/2019WHITESTONE, Queens, N.Y.--Twenty-five New York Army National Guard Soldiers said goodbye to their families and friends as they prepared to leave for a nine month deployment to Afghanistan on June 26.
At a farewell ceremony held at the American Legion Post in Whitestone, the Soldiers of the 27th Financial Management Support Unit heard from Maj. General Raymond Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, before departing for mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas.
Following a month of training at Fort Hood, the 27th Finance will mobilize to Afghanistan where they will provide financial assistants to other units currently there.
Shields praised the Soldiers for their service, noting they all volunteered for the deployment, and encouraged them to stay safe while deployed.
He also thanked family members and friends of the Soldiers who attended, for their support.
Major Sarah Mitchell, the unit commander, said she was very proud of her company and their willingness to deploy.
"They're super motivate. All of my Soldiers are volunteers, none of them were forced to deploy, they all wanted to deploy," Mitchell said.
"They all work well together and they're excited to be working together," she added.
Spc. Larisa Yegorova said this will be her second deployment. She says the way she will make it through the next nine months is to focus on personal development.
"I want to keep focused on long term goals, work out and read a lot of books to try to stay positive," Yegorova said.
The 27th Finance traces its linage back to March 1988 as the 42nd Finance Company assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division. When the unit location changed to Albany in September 1993 it expanded to form the Headquarters, 27th Finance Battalion, 4th Finance Detachment and 14th Finance Detachment.
The unit was reorganized again in March 2003 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment,27th Battalion with the 4th Finance Detachment, 14th Finance Detachment, 7th Finance Detachment, and 37th Finance Detachment.
In 2008, the 27th was mobilized to support the Global War on Terrorism. The Unit served in Kuwait where it provided finance support to strategic and ground forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2013, the 27th was called on again to support the Global War on Terrorism. The unit served in Kuwait where it provided finance support during Operation Enduring Freedom.