Hometown Hero Returns - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/16/04

Hometown Hero Returns

Lubbock District Judge Mackey Hancock is also a Colonel in the Army Reserves.  He spent the last ten months serving in Afghanistan. Hancock says his mission of helping in the reconstruction process was rewarding, but nothing can compare to being back at home sweet home. He sums it up with a quote from comedian Jeff Foxworthy saying, "You may be a redneck if going to the bathroom at night involves putting clothes on and a flashlight."  For Colonel Hancock that was the case.

Hancock left his home and loving family last February to help in the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan. Toni Hancock, Mackey's wife says, "It was real hard. Of the three deployments this is the longest one we've had." Mackey's son, Jason says, "This was different than the other deployments for me because so much has happened in my life since.  I've switched schools and I got engaged."

Now it's time for the Hancock family to catch up on lost time, of course, that includes some pretty interesting stories from a nation far, far away. Mackey says, "There are people over there that don't want us to succeed and do not like us and they will kill you if they get the chance." Mackey says he never felt as though he was in real danger, but members of his unit were ambushed and wounded during his time there.

Appreciation from the Afghan people though, is what made Hancock's efforts worthwhile. Now after months of hard work, it's Mackey's turn to appreciate being reunited with his family. He says, "It was just wonderful. You don't know how much you miss things until you start coming back to them.  You know you miss them but you don't know how much you miss them." 

So what now?  Tony says, "Just enjoy rountine I think."  Jason adds, "Beat him in golf as much as I can.. Or at least make him think I'm going to.  He had enough sand traps, he's pretty good by now."

Mackey plans to take this week off and go back to his duties as a judge on Monday.  He and his wife plan to do a little relaxing in Hawaii next month. After 31 years of service, Mackey will retire from the Army Reserves at the end of May.

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