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Roberts resident deployed to Middle East after holidays

Eric Fisher poses in front of the maps in his classroom at St. Croix Central High School. Fisher is being deployed to the Middle East after the holidays.

Eric Fisher, 44, of Roberts, leaves for his sixth deployment after the holidays.

The busy husband, father of three, Boy Scout Troop #161 Scout Master and active church member has been in the military for 25 years and says he rarely has spare time.

Fisher works in transportation with the Air Force in the 934th Airlift Wing, 27th Aerial Port Squadron.

"Basically we move anything and everything that needs to go anywhere. From people, to machinery, to vehicles; whatever needs to be done, we get it there," Fisher said.

Although there had been rumors of deployment in his squadron for about a year, Fisher, who works at St. Croix Central High School as a special education paraprofessional, was informed at the beginning of the school year that he would be deployed after the holidays.

Being away from home is nothing new for Fisher.

"I've traveled the entire world, except never been below the equator," Fisher said.

Fisher said his wife, Carrie, is used to his military lifestyle and having him away from home.

"She's a military wife from the beginning," Fisher said of his wife of 25 years.

Fisher said his children Ashley, 22, Krysta, 18, and David, 15, seem to handle his deployments well.

Although his children still have some anxiety about their father leaving, Fisher said, "They're strong. They can handle the situation."

Fisher said each of his children take on a role to help out their mom while he's away.

"My son had to go through snow blower training this year," he said.

In addition to having a strong family of his own, Fisher says other military families, his church and the community have been a great support system.

Fisher looked forward to spending time with his family around the holidays but said they were "taking it like any other Christmas. Nothing special, just family getting together like normal."

In addition to missing his family, Fisher says he'll really miss the food.

"In general, we don't get really great food when we eat on the fly," Fisher said.

Despite the unappetizing food, Fisher says he loves his job.

Fisher said generally deployments last four to five months, but some can last up to two years.  

Although he hasn't packed yet, Fisher said he's ready for his deployment.

"It's what I do. It's my job," Fisher said.  

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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