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January 31, 2014

Local soldier speaks on Afghanistan experiences midway through tour



"I was in grade school when 9/11 happened, and all I thought of the Middle East was barren dessert with camels," he said. "You get over here and it's such a diverse culture. My firs time in the city was a little overwhelming. It's a bombed out wasteland, but you can see people are starting to rebuild." 

The 22-year-old was born in Grady Memorial Hospital. Shortly after, he and his family relocated to the Elk City area. After a short stint at Oklahoma State University, he returned to the area and joined the National Guard. Once he learned of his deployment, Reinschmidt and his wife, Jessica, relocated to Chickasha to be closer to Ft. Sill and his training station. 

Now deployed, Reinschmidt uses Facebook to keep in touch with his wife, but sometimes days pass where the young couple are unable to communicate. 

"It can be so frustrating not being able to talk to him everyday, but it makes the times we do get to talk so much more special," said Jessica. 

Both husband and wife said they miss each other immensely and their two-year-old son longs for his father, as well. 

"He just took off into the terrible-twos as soon as Justin left," said Jessica. "It's just really hard to explain to him why his dad isn't here." 

Despite this, the Reinschmidt’s said they have no problem remembering why Justin is currently across the Atlantic. 

"It's rare that we get to interact with the general populous, but when we do the children always wave from the side of the road and want us to throw out candy or water," said Reinschmidt. "It just makes you want to stop and wave back or just say hi." 

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