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By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Although going on deployment generally
means family separation, for two Soldiers assigned to the 1163rd Area Support
Medical Company it means more time together in Europe.
Col. Bradley King, a physician, and his son, Spc. Samuel
King, a medic, will be the latest father-son duo to deploy to Poland as part of
Operation Atlantic Resolve in support of European allies in June 2020.
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The mission of the 1163rd ASMC is to conduct role one and
two medical treatment within their area of operation, with capabilities to
deploy all equipment required to be a self-sustaining medical facility.
“This will be my
sixth deployment and second time going with the 1163rd (ASMC),” said the senior
King. “I had to ask Sam how old he was the first time I deployed to Iraq, and
he said four years old.”
Col. King has deployed state-side and served on three tours
to Iraq, spending 30 months away from his family.
“My dad kept deploying until I was seven years old and I
thought it was cool he was in the Army,” said Spc. King. “Joining the Army was
something that I always wanted to do.”
It all started for Samuel by joining the Guard in 2016 while
attending Daviess County High School and entering the split option program. Now,
the 21-year-old college student is looking forward to his first deployment.
“I saw this deployment coming up and I jumped on it,” said the
junior King. “The idea of deploying with my dad came up and I thought why not.
I actually get to see Europe with my dad and that’s really cool.”
While deployed as combat medic, King will provide role one
medical support to NATO forces on missions.
For the elder King this will not be the first time seeing a
family member overseas.
“While serving in another unit, I met my brother (Ret. Lt.
Col. Rodney King) on two separate deployments while serving in Baghdad and Camp
Anaconda, Iraq,” said King. “Our family has been Army. My father retired an E-8
in signal and my uncle retired as an E-9 in infantry.”
Since attending medical school at the University of Kansas, Col.
King has been an Army Reservist or Guardsmen for 34 years while practicing
family medicine in Owensboro, Ky., for 30 years.
“I extended for two years. Most likely, this will be my last
deployment.” he said. “But I go where I’m sent. Never say never.”
As a general medical officer, Col. King will be working sick
call, instructing and providing physicals in Poland.
Although they with have the support of each other during
their deployment, they also have the support from their family back home.
have another son, Spc. John King, serving as a 25 Bravo (Information Technology
Specialist) in a signal detachment in Richmond, Ky.,” added King. “He'll be
staying home with his mom.”