Father and Son Deploy With Greywolf Brigade
(June 22, 2011)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq (6/17/2011) – On Dec. 6, 1907,
Monongah, W.Va. was the scene of a mining disaster in which 210 fathers
lost their lives. Mrs. Grace G. Clayton organized the first observance
of Father's Day, July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, W.Va. to celebrate their
Michael Jalbert (left), the brigade safety officer with 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and his son Staff Sgt. Timothy Jalbert, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cav. Regiment, 3rd AAB, 1st Cav. Div., had the chance to catch up with each other at Contingency Operating Station Garry Owen, in the Maysan province of Iraq
on June 8, 2011 before Timothy left for the U.S. on leave. Courtesy
The tradition of Father's Day has continued across the world on
various dates ever since and usually involves gift-giving, special
dinners, and family-oriented activities.
Michael V. Jalbert
is a civilian contractor currently working as the brigade safety
officer with the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, and has been with the
brigade since Jan. 4.
Unlike most people that come to Iraq
for work, whether they are here with the military or with a civilian
contracting company, Michael has the unique opportunity of traveling
At Contingency Operating Station Garry Owen, in
the Maysan province of Iraq, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cav.
Regiment, 3rd AAB, 1st Cav. Div., has made a temporary home where
they conduct various missions in support of Operation New Dawn. This
is also where Staff Sgt. Timothy C. Jalbert, the son of Michael, is
stationed. They are deployed together for the first time.
“This is his third trip over here to Iraq, he has
been to Afghanistan once also,” said Michael. “He has to look out
for me and I have to look out for him.”
The father and son team deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, in February and
although they are stationed in different locations in Iraq, they
appreciate the fact that they've had the chance to see each other a
couple of times so far.
Michael flies up to COS Garry Owen
periodically to conduct safety checks of the installation, and if
Timothy is not out on a mission, the two get together to catch up.
“It's definitely a plus to be able to see him every now and again,”
Timothy said. “I always hear when he is coming down to COS Garry Owen to
conduct an inspection, or to talk to the battalion leadership, so if I'm
not out on patrol, we always grab lunch in the DFAC [dining facility].”
Michael and Timothy recently had the chance to spend some time
together due to Michael conducting safety checks at COS Garry Owen.
“I'm very proud of Timothy, he has done a very good job,” said
Michael proudly. “He is a really good trooper.”
many during this holiday, took the time to acknowledge his father and
the fortune of being deployed with him in Iraq.
“People say how
I'm lucky to have my father deployed with me and I'd have to agree with
them,” said Timothy. “I'm lucky he's where he can keep an eye on me and
the job I do, and I'm lucky to have him as a father.”
By Army SSgt. Chris Bridson
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs
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