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Louisburg National Guard unit deploys to Egypt

Posted October 21, 2012

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— While many North Carolina soldiers have returned home from overseas deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, a National Guard unit based in Louisburg is shipping out for a peacekeeping mission in Egypt.

On Sunday, family and friends said goodbye to about 100 servicemen and women in an emotional farewell ceremony for the deployed unit. They head to Indiana this week for training and are scheduled to leave the country in early December.

"There were a few tears shed," said Mark Parker, whose wife is among those deployed. "It's pretty emotional to know you're not going to see her for an extended period of time."

Staff Sgt. Nicole Parker said that while it's hard to be away from her husband, it's her duty to help secure volatile areas across the globe.

"Our whole job is to keep the peace, basically, no matter where we go," she said. "That's our job—to restore peace, democracy. That's what we do."

The unit will join other National Guard units from Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem and Reidsville to observe and report on compliance with the 1979 peace accord between Israel and Egypt. They are expected to return home in September.

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Sgt. Jeff Jasmin said leaving behind his fiancé, Shawnisha King, and their two young daughters is the hardest part of his job.

King said she is "scared and nervous" about how the deployment will affect their daughters and their October 2013 wedding plans.

Four-year-old Serenity's teacher told King that the girl "thinks her dad is not going to come back," King said.

"I cried last week over that."

Mark Parker is just look forwarding to his wife's safe return.

"Hopefully, she can come back after her service to our country and be my wife once again," he said.

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  • fayncmike Oct 23, 2012

    "So the President contributes to the destabilization of this country and now we have to pay to send our troops into this mess. Likely they will have to submit to ROE's that will place them in extreme danger. Obama is a disaster that hopefully will be ended on election day.
    whatelseisnew"

    Yes I must agree this time. President Obama is truly evil. Though he was born on August 4th, 1961 he has somehow brought into being a policy that has been running since 1948 or so.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 22, 2012

    So the President contributes to the destabilization of this country and now we have to pay to send our troops into this mess. Likely they will have to submit to ROE's that will place them in extreme danger. Obama is a disaster that hopefully will be ended on election day.

  • btneast Oct 22, 2012

    But hey let's blame the Ay-rabs and go bomb some more of them?

    Unfortunately, that wouldn't do much good. We're danged if we do and danged if we don't over there. You are correct that the devalaution of the currency is a critical issue, unfortunately, it doesn't make good TV headlines.....most people don't understand how serious an issue it is could be why..

  • oleguy Oct 22, 2012

    We got gas right here, In the ground, But we do not pump it up, As long as we can buy crude cheap over seas we will not drill,
    Why? Greed the owners of the well are waiting for 2.00 crude

  • nighttrain2010 Oct 22, 2012

    >>Yes, most does not come from the middle east, however, unstability in the middle east does have a huge effect on oil prices.- btneast

    Not as much as devaluation of the currency (almost $3 trillion in QEs these past 4 years)

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanlewis/2012/03/01/oil-continues-to-rise-because-the-dollar-continues-to-fall/

    But hey let's blame the Ay-rabs and go bomb some more of them?

  • btneast Oct 22, 2012

    That's interesting because less than 10% of all gas comes from Iraq. The majority of US oil comes from North and South America.

    Yes, most does not come from the middle east, however, unstability in the middle east does have a huge effect on oil prices......and if a cataclysmic event were to occur over there, oil prices would go into orbit. Most people also don't realize that gasoline is but one of the products that come from oil.....oil price increases would affect our economy way more than "gas guzzling suv's"

  • nighttrain2010 Oct 22, 2012

    >> But, every time I get gas, I am reminded why we have to be "over there" in some capacity - btneast

    That's interesting because less than 10% of all gas comes from Iraq. The majority of US oil comes from North and South America.

    What you SHOULD be reminded of every time you get gas is the fact that the dollar is buying less than it did 10 years ago. That's not the fault of anyone whatsoever except Ben Bernake.

  • more cowbell Oct 22, 2012

    The beauty of this and other deployments is: where better to train for a desert environment than in central Indiana in the winter? Some real genious thinking there. And what makes it better is being housed in an animal shelter.

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Oct 22, 2012

    Another example of how states should consider the brqoader ramifications of greedily accepting ever carrot colored dollar our federal government dangles in front of them.

  • btneast Oct 22, 2012

    Who cares what happens in Iraq.

    Personally, I tend to agree with you. But, every time I get gas, I am reminded why we have to be "over there" in some capacity. If we as a country want any say about how the oil resources are handled and distributed, we unfortunatley have to be in the drivers seat. If the you know what hits the fan, the people THERE when the dust settles will have a sort of ownership of the outcome of what is left. Also, our diplomacy is ineffective without the threat of military action if diplomacy fails. It's just the way it works. Take all of our military assets out of the middle east, and our diplomats become impotent talking heads. I wish we weren't dependant on foreign oil, but we are....and until we aren't , we have to try to keep our hand in that area any way we can.

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