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PASCAGOULA, MISS. — A father and son are preparing to deploy to the Middle East with their Naval Mobile Construction Battalion.
WLOX TV reports that it will be the first deployment for Tyler Cook and the second for his father, John Cook.
“Shocked, a little nervous, kind of worried leaving my wife and daughter,” the younger Cook said as he talked about his feelings about the deployment.
The two will travel to Afghanistan with an 80-member Seabee unit in a yearlong deployment.
“In 2007, I had a lot of friends there, but when holidays came around, it is not same like being with family. So, this time we are going to try to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas together,” John Cook said.
Tyler’s mom, Kimberly, said she is happy her son and husband will have each other overseas. But she admits it’s difficult to fathom both of her loved ones being gone for so long.
“When I think about birthdays, when I think about Christmas, they will miss that. They have never missed before,” Kimberly Cook said.
Tyler Cook’s wife has mixed feelings about the deployment.
“I am not sure what to expect. I am scared and worried, but most of all proud. He has picked a dream and picked a goal and stuck with it,” Leslie Cook said.
The father and son agree it will not be easy leaving behind the rest of their family. The Seabees said knowing they’re protecting the country and doing it together makes the deployment worthwhile.