From Judge to Colonel, Hancock Serves People - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/04

From Judge to Colonel, Hancock Serves People

One day after the U.S. handed power back over to the Iraqi's, one of our own soldiers reflects on the symbolism of this change. After nine months in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserves, State District Judge Mackey Hancock came home a few months ago.

Meet Mackey Hancock, a man of many uniforms, who's spent decades serving both on the bench and in the battlefield. For 20 years, he's worn the robe of a Judge, but when duty calls, Hancock changes from his robe to his camo, from Judge to Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

"I'm a full Colonel. I went to Afghanistan as a Deputy Commander of the brigade and of the task force," Hancock said.

Colonel Hancock was part of the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. For nine months he led troops to strengthen the war-torn country, physically and by rebuilding their central government. "I think things are on track in Afghanistan," says Hancock.

Hancock returned to Lubbock in February, but still watches hat's happening overseas closely. "I was listening to a story when I was working out this morning and they were talking about how the change over was nothing but symbolic and there's probably a lot of truth to that. But its a pretty strong symbolism."

Hancock believes the U.S. will still play a big role in the rebuilding over there, and while he misses his comrades overseas, he's glad to be home. "I'm glad to be home. I'm glad to be here for the 4th of July, last year I celebrated at Bogram Air force base and it was all right but I'd much rather celebrate it in Lubbock America."

Colonel Hancock has retired from the Army Reserves in May, after 31 years of service.

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