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Airman's Deployment Puts April Wedding On Hold

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — The war does not just interrupt everyday life for military couples. The fighting in the Middle East has forced a local woman to pack up her wedding dress and cancel her honeymoon as her fiance, a Seymour Johnson airman, is deployed half a world away.

"We were supposed to get married this past Saturday, April 5. We had our honeymoon planned for Jamaica. We've had those reservations for probably nine or 10 months," said Staci Sherman.

Staff Sgt. Toby Short was called to fight the war in Iraq.

"I'm very sad that we had to push the wedding back. I wish we could have been married before he left. Seymour Johnson has a lot of support groups and stuff for wives of the military, and I think it would have helped me a little if we had already been married," Sherman said.

Short helps keep Seymour Johnson's F-15s in the air. Reports said the planes are playing a significant role in the Iraqi bombing. Recently, Short sent Sherman a photo from somewhere in the Middle East.

"It kind of got me a little teary-eyed when I saw it. I wasn't expecting it. He didn't tell me that he did anything like that. I thought it was really sweet," she said of the photo.

Sherman said she is proud of what her future husband is doing and that once he comes home, it will not take long to tie the knot.

"Right away. I've told my family and his family there's not going to be much notice. [It'll be] within a month after he gets home," she said.

Sherman said she and her future husband keep in touch by e-mail, but she is anxious to hear his voice again.


Brian Bowman, Reporter
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