South Georgia Military Reacts to Bin Laden

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

"It makes me feel personally that my son died for a reason," says Frankie Gay, whose son Corporal Pruitt Rainey died in Wanat, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008. "He gave his life fighting for his brothers."

Corporal Rainey died in action, hunting for Osama bin Laden in Kunar Province, across the border from Islamabad.

"When he was in Afghanistan, his personal goal was to find and kill or capture bin Laden," says Gay.

But as Sunday night's victorious headlines announced the death of Osama bin Laden, a sense of calm came over Gay.

"I was elated," says Gay. "I was happy just like anybody else. As bad as it may sound, I was celebrating on the inside."

The news also gave way to relief for south Georgia military families.

While some Moody airmen wished they'd been in on the action...

"I'm glad we got him as we did. I wish I was there," says Airman Basic Eli Curseen.

Others say they hope bin Laden's death means less fighting overseas and more time with family.

"Hopefully, this will add just more coming home and trying to get everybody out of Iraq and let them govern their own country," says Airman First Class Joseph Stogden.

Senior Airman Jeniffer Williams adds, "Our job is going to get easier, that's for sure. Maybe we won't have to deploy as much and we can stay here with our families."

Moody Air Force Base officials say since Sunday's big announcement, security on base has been heightened.

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