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December 6, 2012

Plainfield soldier holds daughter for first time

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PLAINFIELD — When SSG Nicholas Wall left on his third deployment nine months ago, he knew he’d be missing out on some big family events — including the birth of his daughter.

Wall, 32, is in the Army National Guard and is full time with the military. He has been in the military for 14 and a half years. He purchased a home in Plainfield several years ago.

For his third deployment, he was stationed in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

"My job title is forward observer, but it was the role of my unit and the military in general to help the Afghans transition and stabilize as they prepare to take over the country," he said.

During this deployment, Wall worked with personnel from Australia, Singapore, and Slovakia.

“I worked with my Australian counterpart on a daily basis,” he said. “It was a true cultural coalition.”

His wife, Jenny, was between her fifth and sixth months of pregnancy when he left the country. She’s a flight paramedic and the day he was deployed was her last day to work.

“They day he left was the day of the tornados in Henryville in Southern Indiana,” Jenny said. “I worked a lot that day and realized that I could no longer work and be safe with my pregnancy.”

Wall said he remembers that day because he had a difficult time getting her on the phone for his last good byes.

“Here I was leaving the country and my wife had to go and witness all that devastation,” he said. “That was tough.”

Afghanistan was not his first tour of duty out of the country. He’d been deployed twice before — but that was before he had a family.

“I was deployed twice to Iraq,” Wall said. “I was in school to become a medic in 2003 when I was first deployed to the ground war.”

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