Soldier parts with family, deploys to Afghanistan

Herald/CATRINA RAWSON - Sgt. Jeffrey Hushaw, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 1st Batalion, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, holds hands with his wife, Jamie Hushaw, as he prepares to deploy to Afghanistan with fellow soldiers Tuesday at Fort Hood. The soldiers will spend the next year “guarding the skies.”

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD - Sgt. Jeffrey Hushaw's home is usually busy.

He and his wife, Jamie, have four daughters, and Jeffrey's three younger brothers - all soldiers - typically come over after work and on the weekends.

The entire family was at Abrams gym on Tuesday morning to say goodbye to Jeffrey as he prepared to deploy to Southwest Asia with the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade's 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

The soldiers will spend the next year "guarding the skies," said Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry F. Faulk, the battalion's senior noncommissioned officer. Lt. Col. Mark A. Holler is the battalion's commander.

Despite the chaos that is the Hushaws' home and the commotion inside Abrams on Tuesday, the couple got a final quiet moment together that morning after the rest of their family returned to work and school. Jeffrey and Jamie got a final hug and kiss before he joined his fellow soldiers in formation and departed the gym for the buses waiting outside.

It was hard for Jeffrey to say goodbye to his family, especially his daughters, he said.

"It's rough," he said. "I don't know what else to say."

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