Tyndall Deployment Ceremony

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

About 100 brave men and women from Tyndall Air Force Base are being called to fight the war on global terrorism.

The base held a sendoff Wednesday afternoon, not only for the deploying personnel, but for their families as well. The Air Force is making sure the families are as prepared as the troops.

The Sierra family is spending as much time together as possible now. Marcelo will be leaving behind his wife and their two young sons to go overseas and serve his country.

Marcelo Sierra said, "It's stressful. It's bittersweet feeling. I'm happy to go. I'm ready to go. I've been training for this for a long time and it's kinda bitter because I'm gonna leave my family here. My newborn is six months, so it's a little tough."

Since families will be separated for months at a time, Tyndall Brass want to make sure those left behind will not be left to fend for themselves.

"It's never been a question in my mind that she's not well taken care of, but this helps us as soldiers to know that they're here for our families and for us."

Wednesday's deployment ceremony served several groups of deploying airmen and airwomen. Some will leave Thursday, some will go at a later time, but the mission at hand was to solidify all financial, medical or family plans that any soldier may have forgotten to deal with at home.

The Sierra family have their plan in mind.

Betzabeth Sierra said, "We have a video for him that pretty much explains what's gonna happen and we've talked about how daddy's gonna be gone for a long time."

Tyndall is typically a training base, but since 2001, more than 2,000 Tyndall personnel have been deployed to areas like Afghanistan and Iraq.

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