Americus -- Three of the four Ingle brothers from Americus are serving in Iraq. They're all stationed at Camp Talille, and they keep in close contact. One of those brothers is home this week spending time with family on the home front.
We first told you about the Ingle brothers when they left Ft. Stewart for their tour in Iraq in May. Seven months later, Specialist Robert Ingle says the 48th Brigade has been well received and is making progress in Iraq.
Specialist Robert Ingle and his two brothers have been in Iraq since May. He speaks of their missions with pride. "When we go into a neighborhood, instead of knocking heads and treating everybody the same we try to weed out the bad elements and just take care of those and treat everybody else with respect and human dignity that you would expect here in the states."
That treatment has earned the locals' respect, so much so they led Ingle's company to thousands of weapons buried around Baghdad. It's also protected troops including his two brothers. "There was a meeting at Camp Striker, with what they call the Sheiks, the heads of the community for the Iraqi's in that area. The Sheiks said they would not attack the 48th Brigade and they kept to their word," Robert said.
But for Ingle there remains that constant fear of IED's as he and his brother Ronald run two to three day missions escorting convoys through Iraq. "Up in Baghdad, I had equal concern for both my brothers because Baghdad did receive both mortar and rocket attacks on a regular basis." said Robert.
His father, Robert Ingle Sr., says, "It's constant stress on the family, but at the same time, I've always had the attitude just leave it up to God and whatever's going to happen will happen, whether they're in Iraq or downtown Americus."
Despite the pressure here to bring soldiers home and the overwhelming urge to complete the mission and be done, Ingle says the troops need to remain until the job is finished correctly. "We can't leave things unsettled over there otherwise we'll have to go back and I'm the last one that wants to go back in a war time situation. Right now we might be taking casualties but its a heck of a lot less than it will be if we're fighting on the homeland."
Surprisingly in the seven months, Ingle's platoon has suffered no casualties. He credits that to a prayer every time the platoon prepares to escort a convoy.
National Guard soldiers with the 48th Brigade are expected to end their tour of Iraq in May.