South Georgia Military Members Get Ready for Sendoff

By: Monica Buchanan
By: Monica Buchanan

Airman Kelsey Ahrendt has been training and working hard since she joined the military, knowing this day would soon come.

A1C Kelsey Ahrendt says, "Of course there's always going to be that nervousness about it. There's going to be a little bit of worry, but at the same time I'm kind of excited because it will be a new opportunity and a new chance to do a different side of my job."

One that is overseas and by no means a drill.

Airman 1st Class Ahrendt is heading to Iraq to fight in the War on Terror, a job these airmen say they are more than ready to take on.

TSGT Joseph Daniels, a fuel specialist, says, "None of this comes as a surprise to us. We are all volunteers and we're here to support the Constitution of the United States and the orders given to us and those above us."

They’re orders to protect, serve and defend, but while this may come as no surprise to any military member, what does it mean for those who are leaving a family behind?

Lt. Col. Luke Closson says, "It's something we prepare for when we join the military. I'm lucky. I have family here to help watch out for my family, so that's a nice benefit."

Members from the 347th Civil Engineering Squadron, the 41st Rescue Squadron and the 823rd Security Forces Squadron are in the process of deployment to Iraq, which generally takes about two weeks.

Moody Air Force Base officials have confirmed this is one of the largest deployments from the base since the start of the War on Terror.


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