28 Aug '13, 1am

‘Excited but worried’: First-time deployers try to imagine life downrange - News - Stripes

Related Off to Afghanistan for the first time View Photo Gallery » U.S. Army Pfc. Ricardo Ramirez with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment fills in as a road guard during a unit ruck march Aug. 2, 2013. Strouse and Ramirez will soon deploy to Afghanistan for their first time. Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link VILSECK, Germany — Addison Spence juggled three jobs before he joined the Army a year ago, working shifts as a drugstore manager and line cook during the week and a construction laborer on the weekends. Now an infantryman bound for a nine-month tour in southern Afghanistan’s volatile Kandahar province, the 23-year-old from Ventura, Calif., has a narrower focus — along with a few anxieties. “I’ll be excited, but worried at the same time,” Spence said in an interview before his unit deployed this week. “I mean, I’m not afraid to die, but at the same t...

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