THURMONT, Md. — Lt. Col. Joseph Gardenhour talked Sunday about being separated from his family during his time in theU.S. Air Force, including being away from his son for eight months after the boy was born.
Gardenhour also talked about his wife being separated from both of their children during her time in the U.S. Air Force, and said the scenario is common among military members.
Gardenhour, a Smithsburg High School graduate, said repeated deployments for military members in recent years have been stressful for the individuals involved, but he feels confident that the military is meeting their needs.
Gardenour said the military is “constantly looking at it,” adding that there are service clubs on military bases and counselors to help military members cope with stress related to repeated deployments.
Gardenour told about 100 people during an American Legion Auxiliary event at Camp West Mar in Frederick County, Md., that missing the birth of a child and holidays with loved ones are “just minor obstacles in the road” for military members.