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South Georgia reservist will deploy soon

December 22, 2004

Albany - A south Georgia reservist prepares to deploy. Air Force Master Sergeant Mike Roberts will leave shortly after Christmas.

The United States military relies more on reserves today. For the first time since he signed up 17 years ago, Roberts will leave his family to serve one year active duty overseas.

He doesn't know where he's going, but he does know what he will miss while he's gone.

He's worried that Cason, his 19-month-old son, will not remember him when he gets back. Roberts says, "The biggest concern, since he's so young I hope he can remember daddy when he gets back." He adds, "Out of 17 years, this is the first time getting activated to active duty."

And the first for his Warner Robbins unit the 94th Aerial Port Squadron. He says, "It's not if you get activated, it's when you get activated. So, they finally got us and we're glad to go."

Roberts leaves Monday, for a year, leaving his 19-month-old, five-year-old and wife at home. His wife, Kelli Roberts, says, "I know it's going to be hard for Mike to miss some of the milestones the little ones will go through, but we hope to send videos and letters and keep up with him while he's gone."

For now, Roberts will get all the kisses and hugs he can get. His wife sighs, "I'm sure there will be times that I will be holding my breath waiting to hear from him, but we hope with GOD's prayers he'll be fine."

The father of two will at least get to spend this Christmas with his family.

Roberts will leave Warner Robbins Monday. He's expected to go to Charleston and then spend four months in the Persian Gulf. His next location is up to the military.

posted at 5:55PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com

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