Friday, March 28, 2003

Keeping in touch

Tristate reacts to war

Jason Dickman, 22, is a 1999 graduate of Harrison High School and Diamond Oaks. He is the son of Carol and Rich Dickman of Harrison.

His parents write:

The Enquirer wants to share the stories of the hundreds of Tristate men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces and their families. If you are willing to share your story, contact reporter Howard Wilkinson. E-mail: Telephone: (513) 768-8388 Mail: Howard Wilkinson, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Our son, Jason, is fulfilling a five-year commitment to the Navy. His career field is aviation electronics. He is stationed in San Diego, Calif. In October 2001, Jason did a three-month cruise on the USS Nimitz that took him around South America. Since July 2002, he has been assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln. That was scheduled to be a six-month cruise, which included stops in Alaska, Japan, Hong Kong and three months in Bahrain, which is in the Persian Gulf. He spent Christmas and the New Year in Australia before they were to head back to U.S. soil. But while in Perth, Australia, conditions worsened in Iraq and orders were received for the USS Abraham Lincoln to head back to Bahrain where he remains today. Before he left in July, he found out he was to be a father. He now has a healthy baby girl, Kiana Nicole, who was born on Feb. 24. Unfortunately, Jason missed her birth. With the power of e-mail though, pictures were available directly after her birth and almost every day since. Baby and mother, Amber, reside in California and are doing well. We support our son and all of the men and women in the military. We continue to pray for his safe return and the safe return of all those fighting for us.

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