32nd Engineer Company, 127th Infantry Sent Off

Watching and waiting is tough enough for Kyle Roland.

What comes next is downright gutwrenching.

His fraternal twin Kevin is about to leave Onalaska and his family for the next year and a half, much of that time will be spent fighting in the War on Terror.

"So I can understand more of how we live as a free country."

"I tried to get his brother to talk him out of it, but he says 'Mom, I can't do that,'" said his mother, Cheryl Roland.

He joins more than 600 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers, many of whom won't even know what they're doing overseas until they get there.

"You get used to it because that's how the army is," Specialist Roland said.

Only about five of the soldiers are from the Eau Claire Area. One of them has nearly 13 years of experience in the service, but this is the first time he'll be a world away from his wife. Sergeant Chuck Hobbs had just joined up with the 127th in February.

"We didn't think it would be this soon," his wife Amy said.

His drive to serve his country will keep him overseas for his 50th birthday.

"Something about it has always drawn me back, so, one more time..."

The guard's Commander In Chief says the families who are saying goodbye to their loved ones won't be left to worry alone.

"I want them to know that we're there for them and we're giong to do everything we can to help them," Governor Jim Doyle said.

Which is all Kyle wanted to do for his twin brother, ever since he found out Kevin was activated last month.

"It was hard but what can you do, he has to do his duty," Kyle said.

Kevin wants his brother to trust that he'll do that job well, and come home safely to tell him all about it.


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