We just got word our son will be deploying this afternoon with the USAF Special Ops unit to Haiti.
This deployment is in support of US earthquake relief efforts and aid overwhelmed UN peacekeepers.
Please communicate our thanks. We appreciate his service.
It is great that our nations reach out to help each other with these disasters. Canada is sending DART, disaster aid relief team, Haiti won't be left to heal, alone. Thank you to our military too.
That is something to be extremely proud of - best wishes to the both of you.
Thanks all for responding, sorry I didn’t post sooner, I had to go out yesterday afternoon.
We are indeed proud of him, and his brother who is serving in the Army. While there are dangers involved this deployment, this is nothing like the 7 deployments our boys made to Iraq and Afghanistan.
We have not heard from him yet, and really do not expect too, but we did see some news video of his unit’s arrival in Port Au Prince. Apparently his Squadron attachment will be supporting the peace-keeping mission until the Marines arrive and he said his particular unit will be mounting Search and Rescue efforts.
God speed, to you and yours, readytoescape. Please keep us informed.
Search and Rescue efforts have to be the most heartbreaking of all assignments. Extreme highs when you rescue and extreme lows when all you can do is mark the site. My prayers are with your son and his squadron.
Great to see that USA has a real commitment with this situation.
Daniel & Rope,
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. My wife and I were discussing that very issue last night, and really is our main concern for our son. He acts like the tough guy, and he is, but he also has a noble heart and we fear this deployment may have more consequence on him than all the combat zones. He has always been the “hero” type and not being able to save each and every person…….we’re not sure how he will adjust to perceived “failure”.
Just a parent’s view, more worry, than reality.
I second Daniel and The Rope in wishing your son well readytoescape. We have a small contingent there (like less than 200) and right now, there are still 3 of them trapped inside buildings. We went through the same thing 20 years ago and I can just imagine how the people there are feeling.
I'm pretty sure your son will do great in his job.
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