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Military Wife Reacts to Bin Laden's Death

With news that Osama Bin Laden is dead many Texomans are excited and relieved, but for one Wichita Falls' resident the news is bittersweet.  Sheila Hipp is a former member of the military and retired Air Force. She hopes this news means the end of fighting the war is near.

Sheila is glad to hear the news about Osama Bin Laden but heavy hearted because although she is out of the air force her husband Corey is currently enlisted at Sheppard Air force Base.  That means there is the chance he might be deployed once again due to increased security.

Sheila gathered around her television Sunday night when the news broke that U.S. troops had killed Osama Bin Laden.  Friends were over and when she heard the news,  she started taking pictures in front of the TV with everyone's thumbs up in the air.  Sheila fears that even with Bin Laden being dead, the war is not over.

Sheila's heart is with her husband Corey because he's already been deployed seven times to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Sheila, being a former airman herself in the air force for nine and a half years, knows that goodbye all to well.  Her husband is still an active soldier serving as a k-9 dog handler working with the bomb and drug unit

Back when Sheila was enlisted in the air force as an aircraft mechanic working on F-15's and F-16's she was based all over the world.  Set to deploy once in her career after 9-11 but officials found out she was pregnant and yanked her orders.  Despite never being deployed Sheila says, "I look at it now and just the information about Bin Laden, you know that there was a jet out there that I fixed that I threw the engine into and it is out there flying dropping lives so that makes me feel better."

Sheila is thrilled to hear the news, but feels the situation overseas may get worse before there is peace.  Now that she is a mother, she says it has changed her perspective.  If she weren't a mother supporting her husband in another deployment back to Iraq or Afghanistan would not be an issue.  Now she has a family to keep together and every moment with her husband is precious.

 

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6

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