NORMAL, Ill.-- The end of the war in Afghanistan may be in sight, but troops are still being sent out to the Middle East, and those deployments are hitting close to home.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Heuer is preparing for his second deployment to Afghanistan. That means leaving behind his six and eight-year-old daughters and his wife in Normal.
Heuer says modern technology, such as Skype, will help keep him connected as he fulfills his orders with the Army National Guard. He knows how difficult this tour will be for his family, but he says he's grateful for all the support.
"Words can't even describe how appreciative I am that everyone's so supportive," said Heuer. "I work a lot of nights and a lot of weekends and just all the support I get every year, not just when I'm gone for a year, it really means the world."
Heuer will depart on January 26 for Fort Hood in Texas and will then leave for Afghanistan by the end of March.
He is scheduled to return mid-December, just in time for Christmas.