Sunday, April 6, 2003

Keeping in touch with Tristate military



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Birck
Second Lt. Emily Birck, of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, is a 1998 graduate of McAuley High School. She received an ROTC scholarship to Indiana University and was commissioned a second lieutenant when she graduated in 2002. She is the daughter of Dave and Cindy Birck of Mount Airy.

Her brother, Capt. Matthew D. Birck, is a graduate of West Point. He writes:

I recently read your piece on the Enquirer On-Line about local deployed soldiers, and couldn't help but write about my younger sister, of whom my family is very proud. I, too, am serving in the Army during this time of conflict, but am currently attending Advanced Officer Training at Fort Sill, Okla.

KEEP IN TOUCH
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: hwilkinson@enquirer.com. Telephone: (513) 768-8388 Mail: Howard Wilkinson, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Emily has always been a proud, devoted and brave young woman. She is now charged with the responsibility of the well-being of 20-30 transportation soldiers in her platoon. In recent weeks, my mother and father have received numerous letters from her, stating both her concern for her fellow comrades and pride for serving her nation in a time of need.

Before leaving the camp to head north into Iraq, my sister's last action was to mail home a package containing souvenirs she had collected from her short time in Kuwait. Even with the pressures of the imminent mission that would have been surrounding her, Emily had the frame of mind to think first about her loved ones back home. Her first concern has always been and always will be for the well-being of others, rather than that of herself.




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