We’ve spent a lot of time over the past week and a half reporting on the deployment of Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division to the Middle East.
That has included time at Green Ramp as soldiers were briefed and waited to leave. But we also have been talking to businesses, churches and support groups that are in place to help military families.
And we have talked with spouses and family members, as well.
Fort Bragg and Fayetteville — as well as other communities around the post — are closely connected. The troops and their families are our neighbors and friends. We see them at work, school, church, restaurants and businesses. So when troop are deployed, it ripples across the community.
Earlier this week, military reporters Steve DeVane and Rachael Riley reported on some of the organizations and resources available to military families affected by the deployment. From churches to family readiness groups, these organizations are there to provide support.
This is what Kerry Irvin told us: “We’re the All American family, and we truly take that to heart and we all want to step up and help one another.”
Irvin’s husband is a senior pilot for the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.
Although he has not been called upon for the latest deployment, she and other spouses within the division are supporting families of the 1st Brigade Combat Team whose soldiers did deploy.
We know this is a story we will be reporting on in the days and weeks ahead.
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