Operation Enduring Freedom: Serving Together

By Mark Geary, Reporter

CAMP SHELBY, Mississippi – Sergeant First Class Heidi Lansing of Company B 334 BSB and from Ely keeps track of just about any piece of equipment soldiers need to succeed.

"My job is to be accountable for everything. So, that's what I have to do," she said.

She even makes sure men and women training in her company keep cool.

"It's very important to make sure soldiers are taken care of. That's my job. If I don't do my job, they're going to be hurting and I don't want that," she said.

Her husband, Staff Sergeant Mark Lansing of Company C 2/34 BSTB, works as a supply sergeant for another company. Both say the secret to their marriage is simple.

"She stays out of my supply room and I stay out of hers," he said.

Membership in the military brought the Lansings together not too long ago. Later this year, they'll deploy to Afghanistan without fear.

"We're pretty strong. We'll come out of it together," he said.

Even though they're both at Camp Shelby right now, they can't spend much time with each other.

"We're probably the busiest people in the company. So, chances for us to get together are slim to none," he said.

When the Lansings do see each other, they run errands and lean on each other for strength.

"Every little bit of time we get to spend together, I don't take for granted," she said.

He said, "It's a complete mood-changer. It's that little break where we get to vent to somebody other than the people in our unit and relax a bit."

Back home, they have five children from previous marriages. Leaving them behind wasn't easy.

"I'm going to be worrying about them and if they're ok," he said.

Putting your boots on the ground in a dangerous country comes with plenty of risk and stress. But, the Lansings consider this an adventure that will strengthen their marriage.

When they get back from Afghanistan, they plan to celebrate their five year anniversary in Jamaica at the place where they got married.
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