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Home away from home soldiers find safe haven in the desert [testimonial]

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Home away from home soldiers find safe haven in the desert [testimonial]

  1. 1. Home Away From Home: Soldiers Find Safe Haven in the Desert - News... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14914550 1 of 3 9/21/2006 8:28 AM nmlkj Webnmlkji MSNBC Search Alerts | Newsletters | RSS | Help | MSN Home | Hotmail | Sign In Local News Your local news Other cities Local Business Video U.S. News Politics World News Business Sports Entertainment Health Tech / Science Weather Travel Blogs Etc. Local News Newsweek Multimedia Most Popular NBC NEWS MSNBC TV Today Show Nightly News Meet the Press Dateline NBC • Disable Fly-out MSNBC Home » Local news » Yuma, AZ » News KYMA-TV | Local Sports | Your Weather KYMA-TV—Yuma, AZ •MAKE THIS YOUR LOCAL NEWS TOP STORIES FROM: Home Away From Home: Soldiers Find Safe Haven in the Desert By Sara Sandrik KYMA-TV Sept. 19 Yuma - Nearly 300 members of the Washington National Guard are now working along the border in the Yuma Sector. But when the troops are off duty, they head home to a unique tent facility in Yuma County. From the outside, you can see that the facility offers everything the troops need. But step inside, and you'll discover it's also equipped with a lot of things the troops want. Just ask Cpl. J'harv Tull: "This is one of the best forward operating bases I've ever been on. We have this large air conditioned tent, TV, and wireless internet we can use when we have a chance." And that's not all. It also has private shower trailers and even a laundry room. "For troops who are deployed out in the field, this is basically the Hilton," says Cpl. Tull. And for the soldiers and airmen, it's also become a home away from home. The group has been in the Yuma sector since the beginning of September. For the past two weeks, they've been watching the border and reporting any suspicous activity to agents. Cpl. Hill says, "It's an honest job. It makes you feel like you're doing something important." The troops work for about 24 hours and then take about 24 hours off. They say it's nice to have a comfortable place to escape from the sun and even catch a Seahawks football game. RELATED STORIES | What's this? • National Guardsmen Make their Mark MOST POPULAR Most Viewed • Top Rated • Most E-mailed • Report: Skilling arrested for public intoxication • Ex-cop, 5 others remain at large after jailbreak • Shuttle lands safely in Florida • Don't Sugarcoat It, Doc • ‘Dancing’ results: More filler than a Twinkie • Most viewed on MSNBC.com MORE NEWS FROM YOUR REGION • Phoenix • Tucson • San Diego • Los Angeles • Los Angeles (Español) • Other Cities CONTACT KYMA Message
  2. 2. Home Away From Home: Soldiers Find Safe Haven in the Desert - News... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14914550 2 of 3 9/21/2006 8:28 AM • More RSS feeds from MSNBC.com "It's great to watch the game with the people from Seattle. We just watch them go out and do what they do best," says Pfc. Corey Lecuyer. Pfc. Lecuyer has also been watching local border patrol agents do what they do best. And now he says he's considering moving to the desert full time to join them. He says, "I never really realized how closely we would be working with the Border Patrol, and now I think it would be perfect." Note: The tent facility took just nine days to build, and it's expected to stay in place for at least two more years. The Washington guard members will be leaving at the end of the month, and they'll eventually be replaced by more soldiers and airmen in support of Operation Jump Start. Rate this story Low High Current rating: 4.5 by 5 users • View Top Rated stories Print this Email this IM this MORE FROM KYMA-TV • Armed Robber Hits Local Bank • National Guardsmen Make their Mark • Longer Wait Lines Equal Less Business for Downtown Shops • Man Arrested for Biting • Jon Kyl vs. Jim Pederson: The Race Heats Up • Home Away From Home: Soldiers Find Safe Haven in the Desert • Papal Controversy Hits Close to Home • Local Agriculture Industry Helped Through Tough Year • Yuma Fire and Police Dive Into New Training Methods At Mittry Lake. • Tainted Spinach has Ties to Imperial Valley • KYMA-TV Section Front Add KYMA-TV headlines to your news reader: SPONSORED LINKS Get listed here Your name Your e-mail address Your e-mail address and/or phone number will not be published. Leave your name or hometown blank if you do not want it published.