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Father, daughter to deploy together to Afghanistan

FORT DRUM -- Miranda Mogg spent her childhood moving with her father after he was assigned to a new U.S. military post. This time they're headed overseas together.

The 21-year-old Army specialist and her father, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Mogg, are members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade based at upstate Fort Drum. The Watertown Daily Times reports that the Moggs will be among the 1,800 soldiers from the brigade deploying to Afghanistan in the next month. Father and daughter are assigned to the brigade's headquarters unit.

"If you're going to go to war, you should go with people you know," she told the newspaper. "It's surreal. I grew up with him always away, and now I get a chance to be out there."

Warrant Officer Mogg, a 29-year Army veteran, is the helicopter unit's master gunner. His daughter is an intelligence analyst whose duties will include identifying enemy activity and potential threats.

"For once she gets to tell me what to do," joked Michael Mogg, 47.

It will be his fifth deployment and her first. But Fort Drum is familiar territory for the family. The Moggs were at Fort Drum from 1994 to 2001, when Miranda Mogg attended local schools. She graduated from high school in Alabama after her father was assigned to Fort Rucker in the southern part of the state.

Michael Mogg and his wife, Maria, returned in 2008 to Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division. It's one of several military installations in the U.S. and Germany the family has called home. Miranda Mogg has been in the Army about two years and arrived at Fort Drum in November.

Despite his enthusiasm for his daughter being on the deployment, Mogg said she would likely serve as a spy for her mother, squealing on him if he eats something he shouldn't.

The helicopter brigade will be deployed for about nine months, serving in a variety of support roles in the air and on the ground. This deployment will be the brigade's fifth since 2001 and its fourth to Afghanistan.

Bill Costello, a spokesman for Army Human Resources command at Fort Knox, Ky., said the service doesn't track parent-child deployments so it doesn't have information on any similar situations.

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