June 28, 2010
Father and son serve together on Father’s Day
By Spc. Britney Bodner
103rd Public Affairs Detachment
BAGHDAD – Father’s Day in Iraq is often spent on a phone or webcam talking with family half-way around the world or opening a package sent weeks in advance. But one deployed father in Baghdad had a rare opportunity to spend it with his son.
Sgt. Earnest Carila, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the personal security detachment for Lt. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker's, United States Forces-Iraq deputy commanding general for support, poses for a photo with his son Spc. Ryan Carila, a chase driver for Hunzeker's PSD team, in front of the U.S. Embassy on Father's Day, June 20. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Erica Foley, 318th Public Affairs Operations Center)
Sgt. Earnest Carila, noncommissioned officer in charge of the personal security detachment for Lt. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker, United States Forces-Iraq deputy commanding general for support, spent the day with his son, Spc. Ryan Carila, a chase driver for Hunzeker’s PSD team.
Carila and Ryan arrived at Victory Base Complex in September 2009 with the Virginia Army National Guard’s 229th Military Police Company and were both chosen for Hunzeker’s PSD team.
It’s very unusual for a father and son to work together on a PSD team and it surprises everyone who hears about it, said Sgt. 1st Class Edward Kawamura, personal security officer for the PSD team.
“Working together in this instance is a great fit,” Kawamura said. “They look after one another and make sure they have what they need for any mission.”
“It’s been a great experience,” said Carila. “Not many people can often deploy with their son on their first deployment.”
Ryan thinks this experience with his father has been a very positive one.
“Our bond as father and son is stronger because of it,” he said.
Carila said being deployed during Father’s Day is hard for most Soldiers because they are a world away from their families.
“It’s reassuring that I have my son with me this Father’s Day. The feeling to not only be serving my country, but to be able to serve it together, especially on Fathers day, is great and fills me with pride,” Carila said. “He made it a much better day being here with me than if I was alone.”
Even though father and son spent the day running missions with the PSD team, Ryan was able to treat his father to dinner at Subway.
For Ryan this has been more than just a chance to spend time with his father, its been a chance to create lifelong memories that not a lot of children get to share with their parents.
“My son and I have had an opportunity of a lifetime, not only to serve together in Iraq, but to serve on the same team,” said Carila. “I am proud of my son and it has been an honor to spend Father’s Day with him on this deployment.”