OHT in the news: Through the eyes of a military mom
The Highlands Ranch Herald spoke to Deana Mobley, Mike’s better half, in a story in the paper yesterday. Despite having watched their sons make multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, it is never easy for a mom.
As Deana Mobley prepared to watch her husband Mike begin his journey from Highlands Ranch to Camp Lejeune, N.C., on foot earlier this spring her concerns were far from what possible dangers he might encounter along the way.
Instead her concerns lie in Afghanistan, where Sgt. Ryan Mobley, one of her two twin sons enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, is deployed with the Marine Corps.
“My thoughts are always with my sons when they are deployed,” she said. “Certainly Ryan is the one who is foremost in my thoughts and my concerns right now. My Army son, Matthew, has been back for a couple years and is in college and I can only hope and pray that his unit does not deploy as scheduled next year.”
Ryan and Matthew, who enlisted right after graduation from Highlands Ranch High School in 2004, have put their mother through a total of six deployments between them, but none was worst than their simultaneous tours in 2007.
“It was a nightmare,” Deana Mobley said. “It was the only time they were both gone at the same time and the whole time they were over there was it really tough. It was hard not to be emotional, hard to focus on the things you need to focus on.”
Following a 4 a.m. phone call from Matthew and another call a month later from Ryan it got much harder for Deana.