MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA (WALB) - After a few words from their out-going commander, the roughly 110 Airmen from the 823rd Base Defense Squadron being deployed exchanged hugs and kisses with family members and said their goodbyes at a send off ceremony at the base Tuesday morning.
TSgt. Donald Williams was being deployed for the sixth time, but this one, he said, is a little more stressful because he had a ten week old baby boy. "Just the concern of takin' care of things back at home more so now because I have a lot more responsibility than before," said TSgt. Williams.
His wife, Leah, had been with him for two previous deployments and she, too, said having a newborn baby will make this deployment a little more stressful."This one, I haven't really been looking forward to just because he is so young. But, we'll do what we can to manage," Leah said.
She added that family and technology would be a big part of helping her and her husband get through the deployment."We really look forward to those Skype calls and gettin' emails and instant messages; anything that we can get," Leah explained.
TSgt. Williams said despite the extra stress a newborn baby adds, being able to deploy with the same group of Airmen he's worked with and deployed with in the past instead of deploying with a new group every time helps relieve some of the stress of deployment. "I've done it both ways...doing it this way is a lot easier than the latter," TSgt. Williams explained.
The squadron's out-going commander, Lt. Col. Andrew Resch, said regardless of the circumstances he was confident the Airmen would succeed. "They've just done a miraculous job gettin' ready and bein' ready to go down range and do what we do best and defend air bases," Lt. Col. Resch emphasized.
The deployment was expected to last around six months.