218th's leave drawing to a close

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Families of the 218th are spending their last hours together.

As kindergarteners and as mouseketeers, growing up, no one could tell twins Tracey and Tonya apart. But as adults they admit they love being alike.

All grown up, the similarities continue. Tracey and Tonya live next door to each other, work at the same place and often take the same days off for one good reason - doing a favorite past time with their favorite people.

Tracey says, "We get to play with our husbands today. It's our last day to play with them."

Because like everything else in their lives, their companions also have a lot in common. Jack Cheung and Dwight McKeithan are National Guardsmen - in one day both leave their loved ones behind for a year.

Dwight tells WIS, "Realizing I'm about to go back again is the hardest thing right now."

It's something his little Emily isn't looking forward to either. Tracey says, "With her being six, you don't really know what to say."

And at 25, these sisters aren't sure how they should feel. Tonya says, "It didn't hit me till this morning."

Tracey's not considering it yet, "I guess worry about today. Worry about tomorrow - tomorrow."

For Jack, the future is what keeps him in line, "Knowing that my wife will be waiting for me at the other end of the tunnel - hopefully get home and start a family, continue life, make a home life."

As they wait for their husbands to come back home, it's clear the twins are in it together.

WIS is also hitting the road, traveling with the 218th back to Camp Shelby, Mississippi. We were there two months ago with the guardsmen. We followed them through some of their training and spent several days giving them the opportunity to say hello to friends and family back in South Carolina.

On this trip we'll spend time with guardsmen and their families while they enjoy a farewell concert Friday night on base. We'll also be there Saturday morning for the official departure ceremony.

So be sure to join us Friday at 5,6,7, and 11 and all day Saturday.

Reported by Angie Goff

Posted by Chantelle Janelle