Thursday, February 5, 2009

How do you pack when you're leaving for Iraq?

SALEM, Ore. -- Adam Lulay spent his last night in Oregon with his pregnant wife, Megan, whose original due date of Jan. 22 is now early February.

Even that short delay is too much: Lulay, a captain in the Oregon Army National Guard unit mobilizing for service in Iraq, had hoped he would see the baby.

“I’m having a little girl,” said Lulay (at left). “I’d love to be able to see her and hold her at least one time before I head out the door.”

The soldiers from the Charlie Company, 7th Battalion, and 158th Aviation mobilized last week to deploy to Iraq under the command of Geoffrey G. Vallee.

On Saturday morning, 50 members of the Oregon Guard Unit departed from a Salem airfield in 12 UH-60 Black Hawks. Friends and family gathered at 6:30 a.m. and wait for the fog to lift. Over 80 other members of the unit will take a commercial flight to their destination at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

To read the rest of the story, visit the website here.

Special thanks to freelance journalist Cali Bagby for this report.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Emerging Digital Media Manager

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