News: 89th TC family keeps growing
By: 1st Lt. Brandon S. Lucas
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Soldiers expecting new children seems to be thematic within the ranks of the soldiers assigned to the 89th Transportation Company, 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
“Having a child is wonderful, I am so excited to be a father,” said Cpl. Travis Rock, a heavy equipment transporter driver for the 89th Transportation Company and a native of Lenox, Mich. He is one of nine new fathers in 89th Transportation Company.
The company has only been deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn for three months but is already well known for having the most “Roadmasters” babies in the 275th CSSB.
The company is also anticipating the arrival of another two babies in the next couple of months.
Many of these soldiers are becoming fathers for the first time while they are downrange, making it a little more difficult to adjust to their new life. The unit is experiencing a “baby boom” at every level, from privates to first lieutenants.
Learning to save a little more and to spend a little less is something that the expected soldiers all have to deal with as their personal responsibility increases.
“It makes me real anxious not being there to help my wife, but I know that I am helping out by making extra money while I’m deployed,” said Cpl. Wilbert Pierce, an equipment transporter driver with the 89th Transportation Company and Philadelphia, Pa., native.
Many of the soldiers are now on or approaching their Environment and Morale Leave dates which will allow them to go home to see the new addition to their families.
This will be a much needed break from all the Skype dates and phone calls that have been taking place in order for them to meet and talk to their children. Rock has recently returned from his EML in June.
“It was nice to go home and see my newborn baby and my wife; however the time we spent together was short and sweet,” said Rock. “It was also very difficult to leave my wife and child for the first time, but I am still glad that I had the chance to see them.”
These new fathers are also great soldiers. They are enduring the extra hardship of not being there with their newborn babies while at same time still performing their daily tasks of executing combat logistic patrols throughout the United States Division-North’s area of operations in Iraq.
About nine additional soldiers with the 89th Transportation Company are also expecting children in the coming months.