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