U.S. Army Calls On Lubbock DJ, Former City Official - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/05

U.S. Army Calls On Lubbock DJ, Former City Official

A local radio talk show host is signing off to fight in Iraq. Wade Wilkes received his active duty orders from the army Wednesday.

He has been on KRFE AM 580 for the past decade and in the Army Reserves for 19 years. His last deployment was to Bosnia back in 1996. Wilkes says it'll be hard to leave his family, business and listeners, but adds, he's proud to serve his country. Basically what we do is go in and rebuild the country. We act as a leason between civilians and the U.S. Army. So there's a great need over there for civil affairs and their ain't a lot of us," Wilkes said.

Wilkes plans to keep in touch with his listeners and Lubbock while overseas. He hopes to do check-ins with his station and other AM stations across the state. He leaves in two weeks and expects to be gone about a year.

Wilkes is in the same unit as former interim Lubbock City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, who has also been called to active duty.

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