A Kansas University graduate is preparing to make his fourth deployment to the front lines of war.
But this time, things will be a bit different for the Tennessee Army National Guard commander. It’s his first tour of duty since the births of his two sets of twins, 1-year-olds Elaine and Alida, and 3-year-olds Nick and Ben.
“It’ll be a new experience,” said Patric Stuber, 39, of Memphis.
And to be quite honest about it, the 1998 KU history graduate said he hopes there’s not a fifth tour of duty.
“It’s a glorious profession and I really enjoy it, but with the children now, hopefully this will be my last one,” Stuber said.
The Army captain’s been deployed to Iraq twice, Bosnia once and will leave for Iraq or Afghanistan sometime between December and March. He serves as a troop commander of an armored cavalry unit.
Patric Stuber will leave his four children and wife, Susan, also a KU graduate, at home in Memphis during his tour.
“There’s a lot more riding on him coming home safely,” Susan said. “What he does is important, so we’ll get through it; it’ll just take a little more organization.”
When Stuber returns home, he said he hopes to stay in America for good, teach ROTC and spend time with his kids.
Stuber was recognized Thursday at a Lawrence Kiwanis Club luncheon. His father, Al, is a member and proudly wore a T-shirt listing his son’s deployments.
“It gets easier every time,” Al Stuber said of his son’s pending deployment.