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Meet Sergeant Hammon

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Thousands of men and women have dedicated their lives to protecting us and the world. We had a chance to chat with one Acadiana man serving in the U.S. Army. Deployed from Ft. Polk to Italy, and seeing the world. Meet Sergeant Scott Hammon, he's an Acadiana native and a Transportation Coordinator for the 383rd Movement Control Team. His responsibilities include inspecting cargo and personnel load. It's up to him whether a plane flies or not!

  

Hammon says, "It's very important to understand what kind of equipment we might have as far as like hazardous material and stuff like that because certain things can fly and certain things cannot fly." It's not just what's in the plane, but how it's arranged too. "We have to make sure we're able to position the cargo in reference to the personnel, then there's clearance requirements."

Sgt. Hammon and the Movement Control Team arrived in Italy from Ft. Polk back in January and was the first such team assigned to U.S. Army Africa. They've done twenty missions in support of U.S. Special Forces and NATO Allies in eleven countries. "For inter country, for Air Force and then moving a lot of French equipment and personnel as well. We'll go from here in Italy to Africa so while we're in there we'll travel around the different in Africa as well."

  

We asked why he joined the Army, and why he felt the need to serve. He said, "Well it's just a long standing family tradition of mine many of my family members, females included have served and I'm doing my part to keep that tradition alive in my family." He was originally deployed to Afghanistan and enjoys learning their languages and customs as he travels. "Being able to see their country, and how they live, their economy, just their way of life and experiencing something you wouldn't experience in the states."

Does he miss home? What would he want with him? "Uh, about two 40 pound sacks of crawfish, cracklins, boudin, my family, and some good Cajun music!"  His message to everyone here at home?  "All my family in St. Martinville, Broussard, Youngsville, Scott, my family in Ft. Polk, Go Tigers!"

We also asked him how he felt about that LSU game last weekend against Mississippi State. He said he's not worried about his Tigers, it's still early in the season.

Note-A special thanks to Captain James Sheehan for coordinating the Skype session for KATC.

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