Naval Reservists Say Goodbye - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/15/05

Naval Reservists Say Goodbye

38 Lubbock Naval Reservists are packing for a mission overseas. On Friday family and friends gathered to say good-bye to their loved ones before they ship out this Sunday.

Brian Franks signed up for the Navy 20 years ago, he's been a reservist for the past 10. He's travelled all over the world helping rebuild communities, but Brian says the thing he's most proud of is right here at home. "My wife and I met after I signed up again. She's been with me ever since then, and I have to hand it to her, I couldn't do it without her."

Brian has two major loves in his life; his wife, and the Navy. "I do this mainly because I love my country." But it was the love for his wife that kept him alive through deployment after deployment. "I've been activated several times before when I was in active duty. Now this will be my fourth time deployed."

"I married him and he left for active duty. He was deployed 2 or 3 times then, and 2 or 3 times now." Dawne Franks says her and her husband have been through many good-byes before. "I feel like an old pro."

And even though it never gets any easier, Brian never forgets his commitment to his country. "It's an honor and a privilege, and I'll do it again in a heart beat."

The reservists will fly to California Sunday for six to eight weeks of training. Then they'll go to Southwest Asia but the specifics of their mission is confidential.

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