NCO Flourishes During Dual-Military Deployments

Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th SC(E) Public Affairs

Mother. Wife. Soldier.

It's a triple-duty shared by many women in the Army today.

Sgt. Corinne Ganacias, the paralegal Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), says she relishes her success in all three roles.

Ganacias joined the Army in March 2003, after spending more than 12 years as an Army spouse.

She said she held off on having a career until her children were older, but there was always, "that hunger," for a career.

After graduating from Initial Entry Training, Ganacias was assigned to the 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"I got back (from Iraq) in October 2005, (my husband) had to leave two and a half weeks later."

Ganacias explained some of the diificulties associated with a dual military family, "It's always an adjustment with my husband watching the kids for a year and running the finances and all the day-to-day things, and then trading everything off when I get home and he leaves."

"It was great that my command gave me the opportunity to come home early; for that, I appreciate the 36th so much," said Ganacias.

"We decided we wanted to work it so one parent is always here, it's what's best for the children."

"I believe adults should be able to adjust to deployments."

"I do prefer that (the children) are with one of us; so far it's turned out how we want it."

Ganacias said one of the ways her family maintains continuity is by staying busy.

"My daughter, Kieshana, is the editor of the yearbook; she actually pushed the school to print it entirely in color for the first time."

"She's also captain of the school step team. She started an international club at the school."

"My oldest son, Patrick, plays football, and my youngest, Jared, is very into track and field."

Ganacias said while there's quite an adjustment for the parents switching from deployment to home status, "It's more of an adjustment for the kids having to adjust to the different styles of parenting."

While Ganacias and the kids stay busy, she also values her personal time, "I do love manicures and pedicures, that's my time; that's when I'm relaxing. When I get done with that, it's back to rush, rush, rush."

"I love being a Soldier. I'm proud of being a Soldier. I joined after 9/11. When I want to do something, I do it."

 

Sgt Corinne Ganacias
Sgt. Corinne Ganacias, paralegal Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), is interviewed by an NBC Nightly News television crew about the ordeals faced by dual military families. Photo by Maj. Jay R. Adams, 13th SC(E) PAO

Patrick, Kieshana, and Jared Ganacias
Sgt. Corinne Ganacias's children, Patrick, Kieshana and Jared, are interviewed by an NBC Nightly News television crew about the ordeals faced by children of dual military couples. Photo by Maj. Jay R. Adams, 13th SC(E) PAO