October 20, 2010 - Staff SGT. Damond Jackson

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Damond Jackson is getting in a last-minute visit at home before heading to Afghanistan November 2nd.  In his 18 years of service, Jackson has served in Korea, Germany and has had two tours of duty in Iraq.

"You have to go out there with the mindset to be prepared for anything.  You're likely to see anything out there.  With me, it's not my first tour, I'm a little bit more open to teach the younger soldiers that this is real.  This is reality."

Now that he's going to Afghanistan, he says reports of possible negotiations to end the war there are encourageing.

"It is.  But like I always say we're there for the duration.  If we have to be there longer, I understand.  Until the mission is complete, until we get a resolution, that's what we have to do."

Jackson says having family and friends supporting him back home really helps.

"When you're away, you think back that I have a loving wife, loving parents,  loving community, family and friends and a loving church.  So that helps out a lot.  When you have people praying and sending me care packages wishing you well.  That helps a lot."

Staff Sgt. Damond Jackson, this week's KPLC Billy Navarre Hometown Patriot.