FORT POLK — A deployment ceremony for the 705th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company was held at the Fort Polk Airfield July 2.

The company will be deployed to Kuwait for nine months. Lt. Col. Stacy Enyeart, commander, 79th Ordnance Battalion, and Capt. Austin Caverly, commander, 705th EOD, were guest speakers.

The ceremony began with an invocation by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Derrick Riggs and the playing of the national anthem. Enyeart and Caverly then spoke.

“I am honored to be here to see 705th head out the door for yet another combat operation,” Enyeart said. “705th holds a special place in my heart; you guys are well equipped to accomplish the mission you’ve been given for this next deployment.”

Enyeart said the 705th EOD Soldiers are prepared to do well in anything facing them. “If you guys ever need anything, please let me know, and for the Fort Polk community, thank you for supporting our company… it is comforting to know that they also have a family here at Fort Polk that they can rely on in their times of need,” she said.

Caverly thanked the attendees.

“Thank you for your confidence in this company. Thank you for trusting us with the responsibilities that we will take, and thank you for the faith that you have that we will succeed in these huge responsibilities,” said Caverly, “For the friends and family in attendance today: Thank you for being supportive and loving to everyone who’s up here. It’s because of you that we’re able to complete the tasks that we are given.”

Rachel Simmons, wife of 705th EOD 1st Sgt. Drew Simmons, was present at the ceremony. This will be her husband’s fourth deployment.

“The hardest part (about deployments) for me is watching the kids struggle,” she said, “We try to stay busy, the busier we are the faster time goes.”