Father, daughter to deploy with 10th Combat Aviation Brigade
By Gordon Block | Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. | Published: April 17, 2013
FORT DRUM, N.Y. — When Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael A. Mogg receives briefings during his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, they could come from a close source — his daughter.
Spc. Miranda A. Mogg, an intelligence analyst, will deploy with the brigade.
“For once she gets to tell me what to do,” joked Mr. Mogg, the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade’s master gunner.
The two serve in the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Ms. Mogg arrived on the post in November.
“If you’re going to go to war, you should go with people you know,” she said.
Mr. Mogg, 47, said he had planned to end his career at 29 years, but decided to stay to be a part of the deployment, which will be his fifth and his daughter’s first.
“It’s surreal,” Ms. Mogg said. “I grew up with him always away, and now I get a chance to be out there.”
Ms. Mogg, 21, in the Army about two years, spent her childhood following her parents to assignments across the country and Germany.
Prior to returning in 2008, the Moggs were at Fort Drum from 1994 to 2001, at which point Ms. Mogg attended Evans Mills Primary School and St. Anthony’s School, Watertown. She graduated from high school in Alabama when her father was stationed at Fort Rucker.
She said she looked up to her father and mother, Maria A., who served in the Army for four years. On Friday, they pinned the rank of specialist to her uniform. The Moggs have another daughter, Madeline A., who graduated from the University of Alabama.
Despite his enthusiasm for his daughter being on the deployment, Mr. Mogg said she would likely serve as a spy for her mother.
“If I eat something wrong, she’s going to ‘narc’ on me,” he said.
However, he said he would also be able to keep tabs on his daughter.
“She’s single ... I’m an armed father down range,” Mr. Mogg noted.
While both expressed excitement about the shared deployment, Ms. Mogg said it will pressure her to identify enemy activity and potential threats.
“If something gets past me, it could be very hazardous,” she said.
Her father added if something were to happen to him, she would probably be among the first to know.
In the time before the deployment, Mr. Mogg said his daughter had been known to come over from her barracks room to have dinner with him and his wife at their house on the post.
The Moggs will be among the 1,800 soldiers from the brigade deploying to Afghanistan in the next month.
A ceremony marked the brigade’s deployment Tuesday.
Col. David J. Francis, the brigade’s commander, said his soldiers have prepared for the last 10 months.
“We are ready to go,” he said.
The brigade will be in theater for about nine months, serving in a variety of support roles in the air and on the ground in Regional Command-East.
In addition to National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., and the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., brigade soldiers prepared during training at Fort Carson, Colo., for the high-altitude areas they will encounter in Afghanistan.
“The high altitudes, the hot weather, the high winds ... all of our pilots are trained and proficient and ready to execute,” he said.
This deployment will be the brigade’s fifth since 2001 and its fourth to Afghanistan.
Col. Francis said the brigade had “a great mix of experience and fresh eyes” as some soldiers have been active for all five brigade deployments and others are deploying for the first time.
During his remarks, 10th Mountain Division commander Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend thanked the brigade soldiers for the work they did for soldiers on the ground and added the brigade’s bravery and expertise would make any soldier or American proud.