Serving our country in the military is a family affair for the Oberg family from Fremont, Nebraska. Staff Sgt. Constance Oberg is currently serving in Iraq with the Reserves.
“I actually had gone active duty in 1986. I was active duty for six years. I served three years in Germany and three years in Ft. Carson, Colorado. Got off of active duty and did the reserves for two-and-a-half years and got out. I had a break in service for 10 years and came back in when I was 40. I’ve been in the reserves and I’ve been Iraq for nine months.”
Staff Sgt. Oberg’s son, Petty Officer 2nd Class Colin Oberg is a cryptologist in the U-S Navy. Staff Sgt. Oberg tells us she was very impressed with her son’s decision to join the armed forces and especially proud of him when he signed up for deployment so they could possibly be together in Iraq.
“My son joined the military when he was a senior in high school. When I was in the mobile station prior to coming over here my son called me. He is actually stationed in Japan with the Navy and he told me he had volunteered for deployment and that really surprised me because he is active duty in the Navy in Japan and things were going really good for him but he was hoping that while I was deployed if he volunteered for deployment we could see each other. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the Iraq deployment. He got the Afghanistan deployment so I was really proud of him that he stepped up and actually did that.”
Staff Sgt. Oberg tells us she is very proud of her son but there are many concerns and worries about his safety. She says who really worried about both family members deployed was her husband.
“Maybe for my husband it was but wasn’t for me. I know I shouldn’t laugh about that but I did tell my husband that he did have a tough year because he had a wife in Iraq and a son in Afghanistan and a daughter that was a freshman in high school He didn’t have a lot of things going for him. Being in the military I didn’t worry as much about my son as my husband did.”
Staff Sgt. Oberg says her high school aged daughter was very nervous a year ago when she found out her mother would be leaving for a nearly year long deployment. She says technology is keeping the family together.
“Since I’ve been gone my son has called home quite a bit and talked to her. They have talked on FaceBook so that is really good. I think she had a hard time of it prior to me leaving because she didn’t know what to expect. We set Skype up on my computer and our computer at home so we could see each other. I told her I would be able to e-mail her. I would be able to call so I don’t think prior to my leaving she didn’t think we were going to be able to stay in touch as much as we can and as much as we do.”
Staff Sgt. Oberg’s deployment is nearly complete and will be returning to Fremont soon.
“I mean I’m really looking forward to it. My daughter is too. She plays softball and so softball season will start and I’ll be able to make her games so that makes me really excited.”
Staff Sgt Oberg says one of the things that really keep soldiers spirits up is messages from home.
“Care packages from people we don’t know. And we really appreciate them taking the time to send us letters or cards during the holidays. It means a lot to the soldiers that they even since the war has been going on for so long that they have taken the time to keep sending things or even remembering us. Even my job back in Fremont, they sent stuff from the hospital and it is really nice when you have support from the people back home.”