"Just being in boot camp is very isolating," Peschong said. "They mustered everyone to our company berthing area, and our drill instructor kind of broke it down and let us know."
In December 2001, however, immediately after she finished boot camp, she was flown to the USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Sea. sought Osama bin Laden and battled al Qaida and its Taliban allies.
Soldatke and Peschong remain in the Naval Reserve. Adidas Human Race Yellow
"It felt like the 'Twilight Zone,' " Soldatke said.
to be there anymore. It wasn't their thing. They were not cut out for war."
"When I came back, it was the height of the noncombatant trials. The media was saying what we were doing down there was wrong. Supposedly, we were physically harming those people. Basically, the feedback from the media was that being there was a waste of my time and energy.
Peschong said she still thinks of Sept. 11 but because of the limited information she got at boot camp, "it's very hard for me to comprehend what went down that day."
"It was a very serious environment," she recalls of life aboard the carrier.
He looked back on his service and said: "I did what I could. I tried to help the people over there get back on their feet."
They were all members of a military that was largely at peace. It changed utterly Sept. 11, 2001.
Soldatke and Peschong had been in the military two weeks, Anez two years, Harlow since 1991, when he joined a North Dakota National Guard unit. Anez joined the Army after high school in Huron. Soldatke went into the Navy before her senior year at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., when she no longer could afford to go to school, and Peschong joined the Navy after she blew her college fund backpacking in Europe the summer she graduated from high school in Pierre.
"Coming back to that was a little rough."
All four went on to have military careers vastly different from what they had imagined. Anez had hoped to use military experience as an entry into law enforcement. invaded it in 2003. He was part of the push on Baghdad. He remained in Iraq for 14 months, first guarding infrastructure and then helping to train a new Iraqi police force. He emerged unhurt from an IED explosion but said that when he returned to the United States, it took him a long time to throttle back the hyper vigilance and anger of that time.
When she joined the Navy, Peschong "told my parents I joined the Navy so it would pay for my college. I told them it was peacetime, don't worry about me."
married and came to Sioux Falls with her husband, who is from here. She works at a bank and is pursuing a master's degree in law enforcement from Michigan State University.
Soldatke also became a member of the military police. She planned to do a hitch in the Navy, then use GI benefits to pay for her final year of college. Before she could complete her education, she was deployed to Guantanamo, Cuba, to guard suspected terrorists in 2005.
Harlow is a maintenance lead at the Flying J Travel Plaza in Sioux Falls.
After being discharged, Anez returned to South Dakota, married and took up a career as a corrections officer at the state penitentiary. He completed college in June and now is looking for a new career in business. He and his wife hope to move back to Georgia.
Like Soldatke and Peschong, Harlow joined the military to pay for college. He worked in supply and had transferred to a Minnesota National Guard unit when he was deployed for 22 months from 2005 to 2007. Much of the time was spent in Iraq.
"We didn't see the video until months afterwards," Soldatke recalled.
"Somebody told me a small plane had crashed into the Empire State Building. Then, no, it was a commercial flight, and it hit the World Trade Center. I didn't know Adidas Harden Volume 1 Black a whole lot about the World Trade Center," Anez said.
"That's when reality set in," Peschong said. "People in boot camp had to decide why they joined the Navy. After that, we lost a few people," she said. Some recruits exercised options to get themselves discharged. "They decided they didn't want Adidas Duramo 6 - Black/Zest
"I can't say much more about it for security reasons," she said.
"We actually walked the entire base down," he said. Fort Stewart is 280,000 acres.
After earning a degree from South Dakota State University, Peschong returned to Pierre, where she is an engineer in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Attacks led to big changes for soldiers
Anez remembers the transformation. "We went from normal life as we knew it to suddenly having machine guns pointed at civilians at our gates." Within an hour of learning of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Anez and other military police launched into a 12 hour shift fraught with uncertainty as military officials scrambled to understand the dimensions of the terrorist attack.
"When I was there, it was the longest deployment of any National Guard unit since the war started," he said. After moving to Colton to be near his children after that deployment ended in 2007, Harlow joined the South Dakota National Guard. He volunteered to serve overseas again and was with Yankton's Charlie Battery of the 147th Field Artillery when it was deployed to Kuwait for 10 months in 2009 10.
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