CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (WATE) — Born and raised in Tazewell, Staff Sgt. Rick Poore joined the military straight out of high school and in search of adventure.
Twenty-one years later as he serves with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Poore says he’s looking forward to his second deployment because this time around, it’s a family affair.
“Part of the family’s with me. I got my son, my brother and my daughter-in-law so they’re going to be going overseas with me this time,” Staff Sgt. Poore said.
His brother, Randall, is a private.
Randall made the decision to enlist at age 34.
He says his Rick has been a big help when it comes to advice and guidance.
“I guess it will help with the homesickness. I mean, it will be a lot easier with them there than if I was over there all alone,” Randall said.
Staff Sgt. Poore’s son, Justin, 21, also followed in his father’s footsteps. He enlisted fresh out of high school.
Justin won’t be missing his new wife, Jennifer, like many soldiers who are deployed. She signed up eight months ago and will be deployed to Iraq with him.
“We’ll know what’s going on with each other,” Justin said. “If something was to happen to me, she doesn’t have to wait like a week or so before she finds out or vice versa. We’ll know right then or we can take care of each other and help each other out. It boosts the morale knowing that we’re there together.”
Pvt. Jennifer Poore says she’s looking forward to the deployment, but even more to what the future holds for her and her husband when their mission is complete.
“It’s hard. It really is hard because not only do you have the stresses of being married, but you have the stresses of being married and here it’s just like, oh my gosh, but I mean it has its ups and its downs,” she said.
As far as Rick Poore is concerned, the more the merrier.
“Last time, I was all by myself, didn’t have no family,” he said. “This time, it’s a little family thing.”