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Father and Son Called to Duty

Jimmy Cole, member of Co A, 875th Eng Bn, ARANG, and his son Heath will deploy for up to one year on Saturday. (KAIT/L.Gunter) Jimmy Cole, member of Co A, 875th Eng Bn, ARANG, and his son Heath will deploy for up to one year on Saturday. (KAIT/L.Gunter)
Heath Cole is the eldest child of the Jimmy Cole family. Both he and his father have been activated for Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom. (KAIT/L.Gunter) Heath Cole is the eldest child of the Jimmy Cole family. Both he and his father have been activated for Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom. (KAIT/L.Gunter)

March 24, 2003
Posted at: 7:07 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, Ark. -- It's not uncommon for a son to follow in his father's career footsteps. As families watch their loved ones called to war, one man will take part of his family with him.

Company A of the 875th Engineer Battalion of the Arkansas Army National Guard has orders to report for up to a year of duty on Thursday. As members prepare for deployment, they consider what they must bring with them, and what they must leave behind.

For guardsman Jimmy Cole, a father of three, that means pictures of his son Cameron and his daughter Shawna. He doesn't need a picture of his other son, Heath, who is a member of Alpha Company.

"He can look out for me, I can look out for him," Heath Cole said. "I've been with him my entire life and we're comfortable around each other, we can work in all kinds of situations.

"It's just nice having someone there I know personally," Heath said.

Their roles may differ when they're in uniform. But even when they change their clothes, some things never change.

"He tells me what to do," Heath added.

The 875th does not know where they will be throughout the war on terror. One thing is certain, they will be together

Alpha Company of the 875th will report for duty this coming Thursday. They will depart Region 8 as part of Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom on Saturday.

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