At first formation on Saturday morning two of the best soldiers in Echo Company got promoted. Sgt. Jeremy Houck got promoted to Staff Sgt. and Spc. Daniel Lake to Sgt. In Iraq, Houck was one of leaders on the team that re-built and rewired many buildings all over Tallil Ali Air Base. We were sent at the last minute to a base that was not ready for a Combat Aviation Brigade and Houck helped to change that--in a big hurry. Lake is a smart experienced mechanic who spent a very long year doing whatever was required on maintenance teams. He had a sergeant's responsibilities during most of the tour. His promotion was slowed by several paperwork hassles and long overdue.
Because they are in Echo Company, the ceremony ended with a splash!!!