Like Father, Like Son
(June 16, 2010)
Sgt. Kevin LaCross,and his son, Spc. Dillon
LaCross, who are both light-wheeled vehicle
mechanics assigned to Company B, 186th Brigade
Support Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat
Team (Mountain), pose together at Camp Phoenix,
June 1, 2010.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Kevin LaCross and his son Dillon will
be celebrating Fathers Day together like most fathers and
sons. Only this year it will be in Afghanistan.
Both are Soldiers with the Vermont Army National Guard and
deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring
This father and son have more in common now than ever
before. Both are light-wheeled vehicle mechanics, assigned
to Company B, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, 86th Infantry
Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), and are stationed at Camp
Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dad, Sgt. Kevin LaCross, is serving on his second deployment
and son, Spc. Dillon LaCross, is on his first. They have
coordinated to have their days off together to do things
such as play pool and horseshoes, watch movies or just hang
out in their rooms.
Both agreed that the deployment has brought them closer
“We wanted to deploy together not only for the memories but
to look out for each other. Not many people can say they
deployed with their father and I am glad to have this
opportunity,” said Dillon.
Kevin is proud of his son and reminisced about a memorable
moment when his son was growing up.|
“When he was little we bought him a Harley Davidson bicycle
that made sounds. He took all my medals off my dress greens
and pinned them on his chest, then he put on his Doctor
Seuss hat, his sun glasses, grabbed his harmonica and off he
went around the block riding his bike,” said Kevin. “He was
a caring and thoughtful child and I wouldn't have changed
anything about him growing up. I'm so proud to have him as
Kathy LaCross takes comfort in knowing her husband and son
are together and commented on how proud Kevin is of his son.
“One of Kevin's proudest moments was when we went down to
Fort Jackson to Dillon's graduation from boot camp. One
night Kevin brought Dillon back to the barracks by himself
and they sat in the car and talked for awhile, both a little
emotional,” said Kathy LaCross. “Kevin said Dillon got out
of the car to go inside, he watched him walk back ramrod
straight and thought to himself, ‘That is my son.' When he
came back I could tell this was both a proud and wistful
moment for Kevin and he said our son has grown up Kath; and
he almost looked scared.”
One thing is for sure. This will be a very memorable
Father's Day for both.
Article and photo by Army SSgt. Constance Quintin|
86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (MTN)
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