SHERIDAN — Kelci Adsit knew what she was getting into when she married a National Guard member in June 2019.
When she met Brandon Adsit, she didn’t know National Guard members were away so often, but she quickly learned the importance of Brandon Adsit’s dedication to his work.
Brandon Adsit, Chief Warrant Officer III, is on his fourth deployment with the National Guard since he joined in 1999. He is part of the 115th Artillery Brigade that has been training for a deployment to the Middle East at Fort Bliss, Texas, since July 30.
Second Lieutenant Alyssa Jeran said about 100 soldiers are training at Fort Bliss, earning weapons qualifications, preparing their gear and acclimating to the hot weather as the unit prepares to deploy to the Middle East. Three members of the unit are from Sheridan.
Brandon Adsit has spent the past few weeks at Fort Bliss running through normal operations and scenarios the brigade might use when they are in-country.
Jeran said the exact location where the unit will be deployed is classified information.
“We’re getting ready to go; we’re anxious to get there,” Jeran said.
The unit has been training for about two years and they’re ready to use their training, do their jobs and get back home to their families, Jeran said.
Kelci Adsit said she is ready for the deployment to be over, but this chapter of their lives will make their family stronger. This is likely going to be Brandon Adsit’s last deployment.
While she looks forward to his retirement, Kelci Adsit said she recognizes that the National Guard has been a large part of Brandon Adsit’s life for the past 20 years.
“I think it’ll be a change because we’re so used to the military life,” Kelci Adsit said. “But it’ll be a nice change.”
Brandon Adsit is a brigade targeting officer and works closely with intelligence, identifying and prioritizing targets and the appropriate response, from lethal to nonlethal engagement.
He said he isn’t nervous to deploy because he’s done this before. He maintains a constant “level of nervousness” because he never knows what will happen that will require a quick reaction, even in the U.S.
“Anything can happen any day,” he said.
While not exactly vacation, seeing the world through his deployments has opened his eyes to other cultures and ways of life, he said.
Before he deploys, Brandon Adsit said he and the rest of the brigade receive cultural briefs so they can avoid disrespecting people in the country they are headed toward.
Kelci Adsit said Brandon Adsit is the foundation of their family and one of the most challenging aspects of his deployment is not being able to talk to him every night. Bryson Adsit, 9, said he’ll miss playing games with his dad.
“I think it’ll have its challenges,” she said. “I think the hardest part is him missing the big and little moments of their lives.”
Bryson Adsit is starting tackle football this fall and Kashton, 18 months, is saying new words every day.
Bryson Adsit was born while his father was on his second deployment. While he is saddened to be without his dad, he said he wants to be in the National Guard when he grows up. Kelci, Bryson and Kashton Adsit will be visiting Brandon Adsit in Texas later this week.
“[Bryson] was obviously not too excited [about the deployment] because he’s getting older and he understands what’s going on,” Brandon Adsit said. “But he also understands why I do what I do.”
Kelci Adsit said there couldn’t be a better group of soldiers going overseas than the 115th Artillery Brigade — they’re well-trained, intelligent and prepared for anything. She has found a support group among other military families, especially family members who have been through the experience before. This is her first time going through a deployment with a significant other.
“We all find people to connect with,” Kelci Adsit said.
Kelci and Bryson Adsit met with other children and military spouses who are preparing for the deployment at a Yellow Ribbon event at the end of May. The event was designed to connect military families to resources they may need during a family member’s deployment, like counseling and financial services.
Kelci Adsit said it was helpful to discuss finances, family life and the complex feelings of being a military spouse with others.
She is proud of her husband for the sacrifices he makes in service to his country, but she is also concerned for his safety.
It will be a challenge without him, but she said she looks forward to becoming a full-time mom on her own while he advances his skills and performs his duty.
Kelci Adsit said it is difficult for herself and Bryson to hear or see people disrespect an American flag or the national anthem because they represent Brandon Adsit’s career of service. However, she said she and Brandon Adsit emphasize to their children that what he fights for is a person’s freedom to choose what to believe.
“Everybody has their own opinion,” Brandon Adsit said. “With us in uniform, we don’t necessarily get our opinion.”
His job is to ensure people maintain freedom that allows them to have opinions, Kelci Adsit said.
Brandon Adsit said he does what is asked of him to fulfill his duties and his dedication to his unit, state and country.
“I’m burning out, it’s almost time to hang my hat and spend time with the family,” he said. “While I’m gone, I will do my best to take care of every soldier that I have close proximity to and bring everybody home safe.”