Fort Bliss Troops Deploy Days Before Christmas


POSTED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:22pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:24pm

FORT BLISS- It's a bittersweet holiday for many families. While many of our troops come home, others are shipping out for the war in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday night, about 150 troops said goodbye to their families at Fort Bliss.

It was an emotional night, especially when the troops lined up and their families were only able to sit back and watch while their loved ones headed out.

"I put on Facebook that I'm delaying Christmas until he comes home. It's not Christmas without my kids,” said Leticia Ladd.

Ladd has two children in the armed services, and this is the first deployment of her oldest son.

"It hurts. It's hard to see my kids gone, but I'm proud of them,” said Ladd.

Her son, Lt. Wendell Ladd says all the hard work is worth it, and he's proud to serve.

"We all go out there with good intentions and obviously again, it's just all of the stuff we have been training to do. I think we all go out there hoping to just make an impact,” said Lt. Ladd.

Lt. Ladd says that his wish is that when he's gone, his family stays in good spirits.

"I just want them to, you know live life everyday as they would if I was there. Life goes on. I'll still be here. We will be in good contact. I just want to keep on going,” said Lt. Ladd.

Lt. Ladd's father, Wendell Ladd Jr. says that he is thankful his son is such a brave young man.

"I feel they are all here for a purpose, to keep us to have the lifestyle we have and we should all be proud and thankful for the job they have to do. Of course they've chosen this in their lives for all of us. They aren't doing it for themselves. They are doing it for all of us,” said Ladd Jr.

Leticia Ladd is saddened to see her son leave just before the holidays, but she says if her youngest daughter Mia wants to follow in her big brother's footsteps, she'd support her the entire way.

"They're serving our country. They are good examples for other kids to do and follow,” said Ladd.

When the troops arrive to southwest Asia, they'll be divided into two groups. They then will be sent to two different locations in Afghanistan.

The troops will be replacing around 500 other Fort Bliss Troops who will then be able to return home next month.

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