Capt. Christopher Ruder and 26 other men and women are deploying to Kuwait for nine months. Melanie Ruder says this process never gets easier.
Families spending final moments together before 1st TSC deployment pic.twitter.com/cWNWfKIXw7— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) April 7, 2016
"It's just such a dangerous time," Ruder said. "We're just so proud of what he does, so that we can live the way we live here at home."
Ruder and her daughters wore blue dresses, which is their father's favorite color, for his third deployment. But this one is different. The couple has an 18-month-old.
"She has pictures. He reads to her -- one of those Hallmark books that you can prerecord so we'll read that every night. And just do what we can. Day by day," Ruder said.
Fellow Fort Bragg soldiers are here to support the 1st TSC headed to Kuwait for nine months. pic.twitter.com/DdoifZ4P3A— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) April 7, 2016
During the nine-month deployment, the 1st Theater Sustainment Command will support Middle Eastern operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
1st TSC leaving tomorrow morning at 0600 pic.twitter.com/TMhPhi4I1y— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) April 7, 2016
But as the soldiers prepared to leave and say their goodbyes, the Ruders learned the soldiers' plane malfunctioned -- so the group will have to leave Friday morning.
"For me it's counting down the hours all over again," Melanie Ruder said. "I am on a high that he can spend more time with us - but like he said, we've got to do it all over again. Just keep us in your prayers. The soldiers and the families."
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