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The Bowshier family are all posted to South Korea at the same time and were able to spend Christmas together at Camp Red Cloud.

The Bowshier family are all posted to South Korea at the same time and were able to spend Christmas together at Camp Red Cloud. (Seth Robson / S&S)

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Members of one U.S. military family got their Christmas wish this year — they’re stationed together in South Korea.

The Bowshier family spent most of last year apart after father Staff Sgt. Odes Bowshier was posted to Afghanistan for eight months and daughter Pfc. Jennifer Miller left Fort Rucker, Ala., to get married.

Wife and mother Sgt. Yvette Bowshier was the only family member left at home, and she spent many hours chatting online to keep in touch.

“Last year was the hardest year of my life because my daughter graduated from high school and left home,” Yvette recalled. “My husband was deployed, and I was left home with the dog.”

When Yvette got orders for South Korea in July, it looked like the family would be far apart at Christmas.

However, it turned out her daughter also had orders for South Korea, where she serves with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1-2 Aviation Regiment in Area I.

When Odes returned from Afghanistan in August, he set about getting his family back together, completing the complicated paperwork required to get stationed in South Korea.

He recently joined the 58th Aviation Regiment at Red Cloud, where his wife works with G3 Air 2X, and reunited the family.

Odes, who repairs air-traffic control equipment, said the time apart was “pretty rough” but the family enjoyed being together again.

“It makes the tour a lot easier,” Jennifer said.

Added Odes, “We can chat and help each other out and spend a few days together. We have done lots of shopping. The girls love shopping.”

Many military families weren’t as lucky, he said.

“Some folks go consecutive tours without seeing each other, so we are really fortunate,” Odes said.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

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