‘Warrior’ company commander Capt. Anna Peck remembered during memorial service
By Sgt. Christopher L. Milbrodt
53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
HAINES CITY, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2012) — Soldiers from Company F, 53rd Brigade Support Battalion, paid their respects to Capt. Anna M. Peck Sunday with a memorial service held at the National Guard armory in Haines City, Fla.
Peck – who served as the commander of Company F, the “Warrior” company – died Oct. 12 .
She set the precedence of serving as the first female commander of the Company F, 53rd Brigade Support Battalion.
Attendees of the memorial service included: Commander of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Col. Thad Hill; 53rd IBCT Executive Officer Lt. Col. Ralph Ribas; Commander of the 53rd BSB Lt. Col. Danielle Schreiber; Commander of 1st Battalion 124th Infantry Regiment Lt. Col. David Yeagers; Commander of 2nd Battalion 124th Infantry Regiment Lt. Col. Vaughn Brown; and Soldiers of the “Warrior” company.
Pictures of Capt. Peck throughout various stages of her life transitioned through a slideshow set to music while the Soldiers and Family entered the drill hall floor. Though the mood was somber, smiles could still be seen and soft laughter heard when fond memories were triggered by the slideshow. Individuals who took to the podium to share their experiences and interactions with her had unique perspectives, but the common thread to all their stories was her ability to make people happy just by her presence.
For many she was a friendly competitor, a motivator, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, the swift kick to set you straight, and the outstretched hand to help you up. She was many things to many people, but for the Soldiers of the “Warrior” company she was the strong caring leader who always put the needs of her people and her mission first.