Local serviceman deploys to Middle East

Local serviceman deploys to Middle East


The staff here at Cliff Barber Shop want to wish Josh Boles a safe deployment this week to the Middle East. Josh is assigned to the Army Reserves 844th Engineer Battalion out of Knoxville. But he and one other member of that battalion were recently called up to active duty with the 854th Engineer Battalion out of New York. He learned just 4 days ago about his deployment so he's been busy preparing for active duty. Josh says its been a very emotional time for his family and friends. "Their emotions are showing because I'm leaving but I don't have time to feel those emotions right now because I've got so much to do and I've just got to keep my head where it needs to be." Despite his deployment to that part of the world Josh says he's looking forward to the adventure and making new friends. "I'm excited. I'm a people person and I went into the service not knowing a soul and since then I've made lifelong friends so I'm sure I'll make new friends over there too."Josh isn't  sure how long he'll be gone. When he returns to the States he says he'll decide if he wants to remain in the Army reserves and make it his career. Our best wishes to Josh and his family as he joins the other men and women of the U.S. Military serving in the Middle East.


  • Betty Thompson

    Thank you for your service. May God bless you and keep you safe!

  • Janet Foland

    Proud of you. Will be praying for a safe and effective deployment. Also praying for your Mom and family.

  • Marita

    Love you and I and am sure lots and lots of people will be praying for you. So thank for your service in the military to keep all here in America safe. I know God will be with you cause I know I will be praying that way to keep you safe. I have known you before you were born and you are a wonderful young man and I will forget us gathering eggs, climbing up those steps do we could look out of the top of the barn and then that day on valentine day and you gave me a rose…….maybe you were five ……you are like my own son……..Love you and praying for you…….

  • Aleta Phillips

    Josh, be safe and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so proud of you and wish you the best.

  • CHeryl cAte

    God bless you we will pray for you safe return.

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