“I never got a chance to see her before
she left,” said Baker, who was already deployed at the
Their three children, 17, 10, and 4, have
been under the care of their grandmother while the couple serves
“It seems like it’s not over yet,” said
is always that possibility that I will have to go back.”
His wife, Staff Sgt. Cassandra Baker, also
works in supply logistics and is part of the 17th Core Support
expected home in September.
Even though we were both gone, we somehow made it work,” said
The couple met in Virginia and both signed
up for the Army right out of high school. Cassandra always
wanted to come
so they requested to be stationed at Schofield Barracks.
According to Baker, their 4-year-old boy
took it the hardest and didn’t understand the situation.
Before Baker left, they had a “family huddle,” and
he told his kids not to cause any trouble at home and in school.
In Afghanistan, Baker slept in tents the
entire deployment and never left the base. According to Baker,
to stabilize and support the country by working on Afghanistan’s
economy. They are making sure the children have schools,
concentrating on the people, and providing jobs to Afghan
Baker stayed healthy the entire deployment
and spent his down time reading, going to the gym and attending
meal came every Friday,”Seafood and Steak Night.” Baker
recalled always looking forward to eating lobster, crab legs,
and steak. He is grateful for his strong support system and
you don’t have support back at home, it’s hard.
It makes a short day into a long one.”
“I respect the reserves and national guard,” said
Baker. He knows that those soldiers could be doing something
working at their regular job, but instead they are in the
Middle East, supporting their country, and allowing active
a longer stay at home.
As a student at HPU, Baker is studying human resource development
and has three classes left until he graduates. His wife
is studying computer science. Baker has one more year until
he reaches 20
years and can retire from the military.
“I might go one more year after the 20 years,” he said. “We’ll