A year in Afghanistan

Army Reservist and local mother Sara (Southard) Warner of Waterville holds an Afghan infant at the army hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan. Lisa Ingebrand

Her son was just two years old when she boarded a military plane bound for Afghanistan.
Leaving was hard. Really hard.
But, the young mother knew that her military service was important and embraced her one-year deployment.
Sara (Southard) Warner of Waterville enlisted in the Army Reserve shortly after earning her General Education Diploma (GED) in 2004. She was 18.
"I started thinking about enlisting after 9/11," stated Warner, who was a student at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School in 2001. "I remember sitting in Mr. Little's first-hour class when the first plane hit. When the second plane hit I was in the library, watching it all happen on T.V... I remember thinking, how can someone do that to innocent people, and knew I wanted to fight for people like that--those who had no reason to be harmed."
In 2010, Warner was deployed to Afghanistan for one year. It was her first time out of the country.
"It was a challenging time," she confessed. "My son was still little and I missed him so much, but I knew I was doing something, something important."

Pick up a copy of the Nov. 8, 2018 edition of the Life or Enterprise to read more of Warner's story.


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