Dyess Airmen Express Their Feelings of Leaving Family Behind

Published 07/30 2014 08:05PM

Updated 07/30 2014 09:10PM

They have landed safely and now the mission will go on for the hundreds of Dyess Airmen deployed in West Asia.

More than 300 members from the 7th Bomb Wing left Dyess for the trip to the Persian Gulf area Tuesday night. The flight was delayed because of the storms in the area, but the plan went on as many said goodbye to their families.

"As I found out today, it gets a little bit harder with each deployment." said Major Brandon Miller.

Although he's use to deployment, it's becoming more difficult to leave his 10-year-old and 7-year-old children.

"Yesterday and today was pretty tough," Miller said, "it's almost like you want to take the band-aid off and get going."

The 7th Bomb Wing's B-1 Bomber Fleet's mission for this deployment is to support the troops on the ground as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom."

"We are there to potentially watch over them and provide them a sensor in the aircraft and just keep an eye on what's going on around them." Said Lt. Krystle Duckett.

This is Lt. Krystle Duckett's second deployment. She just returned six months ago and has spent much of her return training.

 "It's definitely like we just got back, " Duckett said, "we were pulling down our bags and start packing them, we were just putting these away."

Although she admits she's in a lucky position most airmen aren't in, her husband is deploying with her.

"That makes it a little bit easier, it's a little bit of a challenge having to worry about me and him." said Duckett.

As that time comes where one by one, men and women in their uniform step out to say goodbye. Miller and Duckett both admit it's all worth it.

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