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Siler City Marine, new father volunteered for second Iraq tour

By Cpl. Ruben D Maestre
Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2006

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Camp Fallujah, Iraq - It was during his second tour of Iraq when a deployed Marine heard the first sounds coming from his newborn son. Through a satellite telephone, Cpl. Enasio Alston, a multi-channel equipment operator and secondary radioman, heard Enasio Jr. for the first time just after his birth on Nov. 1.

“I wish I could have been there,” said the proud father currently assigned to Communications Platoon, Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (FWD). “But I know the reason I’m out here is to make things better.”

The Siler City, N.C., native, doesn’t just say he’s out here to make things better—he volunteered to come out for his second tour here as an active reserve Marine from Communications Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group based at Greensboro, N.C.

“I know it was something that needed to be done,” said the veteran who faced the peril of his unit being attacked during the initial push into Iraq. “I didn’t mind taking someone else’s place and allowing them to be with their family.”

A graduate of Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City, Alston has served since joining months after his graduation in 2001. He initially signed up because he wanted to personally improve himself through the Corps’ rigorous training and high standards.

“I joined to better myself as an individual,” said the 23-year-old. “[The Marine Corps] is a good stepping stone in my life and a good support element for my future.”

Presently deployed to Iraq since September, Alston provides support to other Marines by maintaining ‘data traffic’ between computers and telephones.

“I go out to different sites to set up the networks,” said Alston of his support to forward operating bases. “It’s good for Marines outside the wire to be able to call home and check e-mail.”

Alston helped out with the recent December elections by participating in Operation Liberty Express. Those around him say the former high school football linebacker has been a reliable team player.

“Never complaining, Cpl. Alston has time and time again been at the forefront of all the missions assigned to the section and without complaint, accomplished all tasks big and small that have been handed down to him,” said Sgt. Andrew J. Spice, 23, of Allentown, Pa., and multi-channel radio chief, Comm. Platoon, Headquarters Co., CLB-8, 2nd MLG (FWD). “He is full of initiative and knowledge and always a good influence on those around him. I know that without him being at my side, our time here wouldn’t be nearly as smooth.”

Alston misses his family and looks forward to seeing his newborn son once he returns, but while he continues to serve in Iraq, he recognizes the bonds forged here.

“This is a brotherhood,” said Alston. “[Here] you get to know Marines better, you get to build and be a family to each other.”

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Siler City Marine, new father volunteered for second Iraq tour
Corporal Enasio Alston, 23, of Siler City, NC.
photo by Cpl. Ruben D. Maestre

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