(2/21) For one local man, recently
deployed to serve a tour of duty in Afghanistan, the decision to serve his
country was not a difficult decision, nor was it one he has backed down on,
even after 14 years of service.
TSgt. Todd Wivell, a lifelong resident of
Emmitsburg, joined the United Sates Air Force in 1994, following in the
footsteps of his father and uncle, who both served in the Air Force during the
Vietnam War. For Wivell, his decision to join the force came about, in most
part, due to one woman.
“My grandmother Elsie Wivell, who passed
away last year, was extremely patriotic and instilled in me the pride of being
free and being an American,” Wivell said. “I wanted to join those who were
already defending that freedom and felt like joining the USAF was a great way
to do it.”
Over the last 14 years, Wivell has been on
active duty, filling many different roles, first as a security forces
specialist and most recently in public affairs. Currently, Wivell is stationed
at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, where his wife and four children live
With is deployment to Afghanistan, Wivell
faces what any soldier does, worries about himself and those he’s leaving
behind, yet he has found a way to deal with the stress of deployment.
“I have talked it over with my family
extensively and ensure them I will do everything I can to be safe while I am
away. They all know that they are in my thought and prayers and I look forward
to seeing them again soon,” Wivell said.
And even though Wivell’s service has taken him thousands of miles away
Emmitsburg, he said it will always be home.
“Emmitsburg is my home and will always
mean something to me,” Wivell said. “Being from Emmitsburg and its good people
made me the person I am today.”
Anyone wishing to correspond with Wivell
may do so:
APO AE 09356
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