Sergeant major volunteers to deploy to go with son to Iraq

16th Sustainment Brigade
Story by Sgt. Keith Anderson

Date: 10.16.2008
Posted: 10.16.2008 03:06
News ID: 25063
Sergeant major volunteers to deploy to go with son to Iraq

By Keith Anderson<br /> 16th Sustainment Brigade<br /> <br /> CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — Sgt. Maj. Danny Wood, liaison officer, Task Force 1-151Infantry, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Indiana Army National Guard, volunteered for this deployment--his fourth--to go with his son, 1st Lt. Andrew Wood, commander, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, to Iraq.<br /> <br /> "When I returned home from last year's deployment and found out Andy was deploying with the 76th Infantry Brigade, I volunteered to deploy again to be with my son," said the 56-year-old father of three from Spencer, Ind.. "I had just returned from Baghdad, but he's my only son, and I knew it'll probably be the only time during my career that I could serve with him." <br /> <br /> Wood, who has served in the Army National Guard for 33 years, said his wife, Micki, understood his decision.<br /> <br /> "If something were to happen to Andy and I didn't come I'd have to live with that," said Wood.<br /> <br /> The two of them have a great working relationship, he said, and don't have a problem separating family and work.<br /> <br /> "When we're alone I'm Dad, if we're with other staff, I'm sergeant major," Wood said.<br /> <br /> Andrew, a married, 33-year-old from Coal City, Ind., said he and his father have a strong bond.<br /> <br /> "I joined the Guard between my junior and senior year [of high school]," Andrew said. "My father didn't push me, it wasn't his idea. He, at the time, was a prior-service staff sergeant, and because I joined, he joined around three days later. This has certainly been a bond that most fathers and sons do not have. We are able to relate to one another on issues. It's a special thing."<br /> <br /> Andrew said he looks up to his father, a long-time artilleryman and farmer, cattleman and limestone cutter, who cut much of the rock used to repair the walls at the Pentagon after Sept. 11, 2001.<br /> <br /> "Most sons want to be like their Dad," Andrew said. "I have tried to emulate him my entire life; he has been my role model."<br />