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Check out this story:Couple to deploy leaves 3 children here at home  By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee’s largest National Guard unit which includes troops from Lebanon’s guard post, will leave Saturday, Dec. 5, for Hattiesburg, Miss., for training before being deployed overseas to either Iraq or Afghanistan at the beginning of February 2010.

The troops will be allowed to come home for Christmas from Dec. 22-28, but the government will not pay for the trip.

Retired 1st Sgt. Kenny Reich, who is also District 6 Wilson County commissioner, decided that the funds needed to bring the troops home on four charter buses, which comes to just under $12,000, will be raised. He is asking his fellow citizens of Wilson County to help him in this endeavor.

Out of the 152 men and women in the local unit, 25 are actually from Wilson County, including Staff Sgt. Adam Hull, of Lebanon. Hull’s wife, Delana, is also in the 278th and will be deployed at the same time.

“We have three children,” Hull said, “and our youngest son will actually turn 5 this Saturday when we leave.”

Hull said his in-laws will take care of the children. This will be his second tour as he went with the 278th on its last deployment in June 2004.

“As sad as it is to think about it, this may be the last Christmas these men and women have with their families so we need to give them the chance to come home,” Reich said.

A fund has been created to accept contributions at any Regions bank and is called the Family Readiness Group. Donations will also be taken at any of the three Chambers of Commerce.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.Note: This runs as a sidebar with Ben’s story and photo!!!

Couple to deploy leaves 3 children here at home 

From Post staff reports

A local married couple with three children is listed among those in the Lebanon Army National Guard unit to be deployed to the war theater in Southwest Asia.

Staff Sgt. Adam Hull and his wife Staff Sgt. Delana Hull are both preparing to leave for mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss. with their fellow soldiers this Saturday and then likely by early February the Hulls and the rest of the local unit with be deployed to the war in Iraq.

Now a member of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Lebanon unit, which includes 154 members, is facing its second deployment to the same theater of operations.

The unit is expected to be deployed for one year.

Adam Hull, who has already been deployed once to the war region, said Tuesday he and his wife’s youngest son will be celebrating his 5th birthday Saturday when the couple leaves for Camp Shelby from the Lebanon armory.

Hull, an employee for CSX Railroad, and his wife have three children including a daughter age 12, and two sons ages 10 and 4. He said while they are away his wife’s parents will take care of their children.

The Lebanon unit, recognized as a Special Troop Squadron, is comprised of a military police company, a signal unit and also maintains a number of support functions.   

The 278th ACR is Tennessee’s largest combat unit and is comprised of more than 3,300 soldiers stretching from Kingsport in East Tennessee to Henderson in West Tennessee.

 

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