Schofield Soldiers Return

Natasha Wingate
Natasha Wingate

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD (KHNL)  -- More than 7,000 Schofield soldiers are currently deployed to Iraq.

All military families make sacrifices. But, as deployments go, these Army families are making perhaps the biggest one. The Army's the only service tasked with standard 15-month deployments. In other branches of the military deployments last from 4 to 7 months.

For this mother of young twins, life's been hard.

"It's been a tough process, but I've grown a lot during this process and I'm looking forward to us being a family again," said Army Wife Natasha Wingate.

She worries her 15-month old boys might not recognize their dad.

"Hopefully they'll take to him, they'll you know re-adjust and be familiar with him," said Wingate.

After a very long wait, Specialist Wingate is finally home.

And even though being in Iraq isn't easy, he said his wife has the toughest job of all.

"As a private in basic training my drill sergeant asked, 'What's the hardest job in all the military -- all branches?' And he said a military spouse because they have to endure the pain of being away from the service members and I understand that now, after my first deployment," he said.

Over the next few months, most of the 7,000 Schofield soldiers serving in Iraq will return. But, around 4,000 soldiers from another Schofield brigade are getting ready to deploy.