- Posted September 24, 2013 by
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Salute to troops
The Voice of the U.S. Army
It's difficult to call my little brother Matthew A. DeWaegeneer "little" anymore since he's a 6'6" tall 1st Lieutentant in the U.S. Army. Originally assigned to Public Affairs working with the Old Guard in D.C. and currently deployed as Protocol Officer at FOB Shank in Afghanistan, he's had a variety of interesting assignments throughout his military career! From emceeing events such as national September 11th tributes, introducing dignitaries at the laying of wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to serving as Wolf Blitzer's personal press liaison. He's coordinated the official videotape messages from 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Divisionand U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Divisionon FOB Shank sending a shout out to the 2013 MLB All Star Game, and created special video messages for ComedySportz-Chicago's "Support the Troops" weekend http://youtu.be/FfmKTuuSBp8 in May 2013. Hopefully he'll be home by Christmas, but until then he's orchestrating the distribution of care packages sent to Afghanistan to ensure that every soldier gets to feel the support back home. (That is, when he's not doing his official job of welcoming VIP's like Oliver North!).
I planned my wedding around his deployment so he could walk me down the aisle in Las Vegas.
My brother's always been an amazing soldier, who loves what he does. His wife Lia, is back home in Georgia, and his family in Texas and Michigan miss him and hope everyday that he and his platoon stay safe.