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The Kesler family spent Monday as they prepare for Staff Sargent Fredrick Zach Kesler's second deployment.
While they have a better idea of what to expect this time around, there are some new challenges.
“Kylie had a pretty rough time the last time,” said Zach.
Kylie was only five years old during the last deployment. Now at 9 years old, her fears are still the same.
“I hope he doesn't die,” said Kylie. “And doesn't get shot. So that's what I'm worried about.”
This time, she has a new role to focus on – helping little brother, Carter.
“Sometimes when he's feeling sad I'm like, ‘it's okay, we can call dad, we can skype him. But he just can't be here right now, he has to do the right thing,’ said Kylie.
Monday was filled with family time and a little packing.
“The last few days you feel a lot of anxiety about ‘did I get everything, what did i forget?’ said Kesler.
“I was upset, but it's the job we both agreed to do,” said Nichole, Zach’s wife. “It’s a part of our service. And if we look at it any other way it just makes it harder.”
Zach and Nichole are passing down that attitude to Kylie and Carter.
“In her eyes, it's a bad thing to deploy,” said Zach. “It's not fair, it's a punishment - she doesn't think of military service as a good thing, it's a bad thing. We have to try and get her to understand that it's a good thing to do and it's service”
“I think it's a good thing and a bad thing,” said Kylie. “I just don't like it when he's gone, but it's the right thing to do.”
“Our family is everything to us,” said Nichole. “We'll fight for our relationship and our family.”
“I just want him to know that we love him and just want him to stay safe,” said Kylie.