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03/06/03 - Chandler

On The Home Front: Mother of Airman Concerned, But Proud

"Brian is doing what he always wanted to do, and what all the men in our family has always done."

Sue Beams' son Brian Badstibner is a military man.

At just 22, he's a world traveler.

"[He's been] in Korea, Oklahoma, and now in Turkey," Sue says.

More than most, she understands the commitment and the call to service.

"We're a career military [family] -- at the very heart of us."

But growing up Air Force -- with the constant moving -- Sue was sure her son would be different.

"I thought that Brian would plant his feet somewhere and stay. But he surprised me."

Now he's a communications technician at a U.S. Air Force base in southeastern Turkey, just off Saddam's northern border. Turkey has refused ground troops to come on land.

"Does that leave that northern border unprotected? Does that make them sitting ducks?" she says.

Sue does trust the president completely, and she trusts Brian to take care of himself. She does keep up with the news, but carefully.

"Any amount of television, and we begin to project and worry. Then we don't allow our children to do what they have to do."

Brian's in communications. And for a mother, every communication is special. E-mail is a godsend.

In one e-mail, Brian writes that Turkey is "kind of tropical but like a desert-- doesn't make much sense!"

In these letters are comfort, pride, and a special order for a care package.

"Tell everyone 'Hi' and that I miss them very much. P.S. Can you send me one of those Swiffer wet-jet thingys with the liquid stuff? We have tile floors in our dorm and that would be perfect."

The special delivery is on it's way.

Reported by Morgan Palmer

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