WHY We SERVE: The McCormicks
By Spc. Karly Cooper, 15th SB, Public Affairs
March 14, 2007
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - More and more Soldiers spend their deployments
in Iraq serving along side their spouses.
CAMP TAJI, Iraq -Spc.
Michelle McCormick from Houston, Texas and Sgt. Erick McCormick
from Ketchikan, Alaska, met on their first tour during Operation
Iraqi Freedom 04-05 and are serving their second tour as a married
U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Karly Cooper, 15th SB, PAO
Sgt. Erick McCormick, the warehouse noncommissioned officer in
charge for Headquarters Headquarters Company, 15th Brigade Troops
Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade from Ketchikan, Alaska and
Specialist Michelle McCormick, a supply specialist also with
HHC, 15th BTB, 15th SB, from Houston, Texas, on their second
deployment together, but first deployment as a married couple.
Spc. McCormick joined the Army in 2004. Right graduation from
high school, she packed her bags and headed to Fort Jackson,
"My dad is a military
police and my sister is a supply specialist in the Army Reserves,
so I decided to join," she said.
Her first duty station was Fort Hood, Texas and within a few
short months of arriving, she deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq for
three months during Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-05.
"I was excited because my dad was in Baghdad and my older
sister was in Karbala." she said.
Sgt. McCormick joined the Army in 2002 after taking the first
few years out of high school to work as a fisherman on charter
boats. He also worked as a bio-medical tech at the Ketchikan
Indian clinic, a local reservation clinic.
"After the twin towers were hit in 2001, I decided to join,"
With friends in Special Forces and the Rangers, he felt the patriotic
pull to serve his country. He completed basic combat training
at Fort Jackson, S.C. His first duty station was at Fort Hood,
"I liked my first deployment, we went out on a lot of convoys
so we were gone a lot and that made the days go by faster,"
Arriving on Camp Taji, Iraq in 2004, he met his wife while working
in the internet café. She would go in and check her email,
giving her a reason to go in everyday to sit and look at him.
"I guess you could say it was love at first sight. I would
go into supply for minor things like pens just to see her,"
It took two weeks to get back to the states after the first deployment.
After what seemed like an eternity for the two, they saw each
other again and began dating. They married two months later,
in May 2005.
"I love having him here. It makes the deployment less difficult
since I have him here with me," Spc. McCormick said.
When asked how he likes having his spouse over here with him,
he replied with a chuckle.
"It saves me a bunch of money on phone cards."
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