Deployment ceremony held for 13th Military Police, 92nd MP Battalion, on Monday
For the second time in two years, Jenny Bennett watched her husband's deployment ceremony, preparing for the long nine months ahead without him, as the 13th Military Police Company, 92nd MP Battalion, bid its farewells in Nutter Field House in Fort Leonard Wood on Monday.
Her husband, Cpt. William Bennett and commander of the unit, just got back from a year of serving in Afghanistan in December, 2011.
"I know what to expect because I've been through this before," she said. "But it definitely isn't any easier the second time around."
For the next nine months, Jenny Bennett will have to care for her two children, ages 4 and 6, without the help of her husband. She has been married to William for 10 years now, and said that their communication skills are key to getting through.
"We have that core communication foundation established, so it makes it a lot easier," she said. "We know to be open with each other and make sure when we talk, we don't make each other worry."
She also said that the support of other military wives makes the months of deployment easier.
"We talk with each other about our own experiences and what we're worried about and the concerns we have and it makes a world of difference.
During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Jeffrey P. Bevington, commander of the 92nd MP Battalion, reassured families that the soldiers being deployed were well-trained for this mission.
"I cannot tell you not to worry because they are going into harm's way," he said. "But I can tell you that your loved one has trained and is trained for this mission."
Over the past 120 days, the 13th MP Company has been preparing for this mission and every soldier being deployed has completed all United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) pre-deployment tasks.
The unit plans to conduct detainee operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and could be gone for up to one year.
Jenny Bennett said that even though it's hard right now, she she still loves being a military wife.
"The military has been very good to us," she said. "This is just a part of the job. Every job has its down points, you either accept it or you don't. I'm very proud."