Some of our local troops from Pushmataha County have recently had their deployment destinations changed. Originally these troops, members of “D Company 700 Support” out of McAlester, were supposed to be heading to Afghanistan after training at Camp Shelby, MS., since March.
Recent assignment changes, however, have these troops now looking at putting boots on the ground in Kuwait (a small country surrounded by Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Oman) sometime in early July for a 9 month tour of duty.
The men who are looking to deploy are: SPC Lucas Robbins from Antlers who has two years of service under his belt and works as a 91B mechanic, this will be his first deployment; SPC Stacey Harvey from Antlers who has 16 years of service in and his job is a 88M heavy transport, this is his second deployment; SFC Andy Jones from Rattan who has given 30 years of service and his jobs are a 91B motor SGT and a platoon SGT, this is his fourth deployment; PFC Ethan Calder from Antlers who has 1 1/2 years of service in and his job is a 92F fueler, this is his first deployment; and SPC Beau Bevington from Rattan how has put in 3 years of service and his job is a mechanic, this is also his first deployment.
We wish them the best as they do what many will not. May they be blessed with protection, safety, good health and courage. You are what makes this country great!