33-year-old Staff Sergeant Erica Dorsey spoke to News 12 from Afghanistan. (June 10, 2011 / Image courtesy SSG Erica Dorsey)
News 12 at 6 o'clock, Thursday June 9, 2011
AFGHANISTAN---There are more than 1,200 Fort Gordon soldiers serving overseas, protecting our country.
They're mothers and fathers, sons and daughters and many of them are following in the footsteps of relatives by joining the military.
News 12 spoke with an Augusta mother, stationed in Afghanistan, who's a proud third generation soldier.
33-year-old Staff Sergeant Erica Dorsey sat down with us by satellite. She joined the Army at 17 and says she loves her job.
SSG Dorsey, with the 580th Signal Company, is on her third deployment to the Middle East. She says she's seen a lot of positive change.
"We are making a lot of progress in what I like to call the rehabilitation of Afghanistan the rebuilding, remolding and reshaping," says Staff Sergeant Dorsey. "Our plan is to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan locals that are around here and I think that that's what we've done."
SSG Dorsey has been in Afghanistan since November, working with soldiers and their housing.
"I'm pretty much the landlord of our camp," says SSG Dorsey.
SSG Dorsey joined the Army out of high school at 17, but since her grandfather, mother and father were military, it really ran in her blood.
"All the moving around, it caused me to be pretty much, what they call a social butterfly... I like to experience new things and I don't sit still for too long. It pretty much made me the soldier I am today," she adds.
Her mother, Sergeant First Class Cheryl Adams is still an active-duty Army Reservist at Fort Gordon.
"Very much a military family. I'm very proud of all of my children, and I am exceptionally proud of her," says SSG Dorsey's mother, SFC. Cheryl Adams.
SSG Dorsey has two daughters here in Augusta, 15-year old Mia and 13-year old Penelope.
"It has been terrible hard for her daughters, especially the baby," says SFC. Adams.
"It's very hard, its very hard I think right now they're at the age where they need me most...the teenage years," says SSG Dorsey.
And while they miss their mother, the whole family is also very proud of her.
"I can't say how proud I am of you but just know that I love you and keep doing what you do," adds her mother.
"I'll be home soon...I can't wait and y'all just hold it down for me until I get back," says SSG Dorsey.
SSG Dorsey will be home on leave in a couple of weeks, then she's set to return home for good in October.
Her mother, SFC. Adams says it looks like Erica's daughter, Mia will become the family's 4th generation service member. She's already planning to join the military.