By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD – Three days after its colors were cased, the 36th Engineer Brigade's headquarters departed for Iraq.

More than 100 soldiers were bade farewell during a deployment ceremony at Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center. One of those was Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Compton.

This will be Compton's third deployment to Iraq. The other two were with Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.-based units.

Compton and his wife, Sgt. 1st Class Jeanie Compton, moved to Fort Hood in November shortly before the birth of their first child, Cameron.

Jeanie is a soldier in the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command.

The Comptons like the Fort Hood area. There is a lot to do and the local communities and businesses are much more supportive of the military, Jeremy said.

The two, who met in the Army, have been married a year and a half and are expecting their second child in September.

Jeanie said she will rely on the support of her friends in uniform during the next year. She and Jeremy decided to continue with life as a dual-military couple because of the money and the comfort provided by dual incomes, Jeanie said.

It will be tough to spend so much time away from his family, Jeremy said, and he's prepared for the separation by spending as much time as possible with his young son.

Jeremy is an engineer and he and the brigade headquarters' soldiers will spend the next year developing, planning and executing all engineering operations in Iraq. That mission includes road and bridge maintenance and removal, route clearance and the transfer of responsibility of those duties to Iraqi engineers.

Col. Kent Savre, brigade commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, brigade senior noncommissioned officer, were among those to depart Friday.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at or (254) 501-7547. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

For more on the 36th Engineer Brigade, including how military service helped Maj. Jordan Wayman connect with her father, a veteran of the Vietnam and Korean Wars, read next week's Fort Hood Herald.

USO Fort Hood tests new program

USO Fort Hood volunteers gave stuffed animals to children at Friday's 36th Engineer Brigade deployment ceremony. The organization received a donation of plush dogs from Avon, and handed them out Friday and during a recent departure ceremony for III Corps soldiers. USO Fort Hood hopes to continue the program in an effort to provide comfort to the children who attend their loved ones' farewells. For more on this story, read next week's Fort Hood Herald.

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