Father and son deployed with National Guard will serve in Middle East together

A North Alabama father and son are among 300 being deployed to the Middle East

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - It was standing room only as family and friends gathered to say farewell to members of the Alabama National Guard's 115th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.

The deployment ceremony was held at Hunstville High school. "Really honored by all the people that showed up to wish us well on their mission," said Sergeant Todd Foster.

More than 300 men and women of the 115th ESB are being deployed to the Middle East. This is Foster's second deployment, but this time his son is joining him.

"To me it feels like a great accomplishment, it feels like my son is becoming a man. It's a real honor," Foster expressed.

The soldiers will be providing communications for units already in the field.

Specialist Tyler Foster said his father inspired him to serve his country. "As a little kid you know soldiers and soldiers... I always liked to play with military men and what not, and I finally get to do it with him. So it's pretty awesome," he said.

No matter how many times soldiers are deployed, it never gets easier for their families.  The father and son said when being deployed, the family they leave behind is their main concern.

"Making sure our families are, I guess emotionally somewhat stable before we leave so we don't leave them shattered and what not," said the younger Foster.

One of the strongest bonds is between father and son. That bond now becoming so much tighter, as they put their country before family.

"What other team would you rather have than father and son," Spc Foster added. 


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