Westlake sailor headed for South Korea

By Crystal Price - bio | email

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -  A Westlake sailor assigned to the USS George Washington is on her way to the Yellow Sea to take part in the joint military drills in South Korea this week.

OS3 Brandi Roessler is currently on board the navy ship with her fellow sailors that will participate in the drills following Tuesday's incident where North Korea shelled a South Korean island. Tuesday's attack is one of the heaviest on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953.

Roessler has been stationed in Yokosuka, Japan since January 2010. She joined upon graduating from Westlake High School in 2009.

"Even with all the wars that were going on, she knew exactly what she wanted," said Cara Roessler, Brandi's mother.

C. Roessler said the recent activity between North Korea and South Korea is leaving her and her family at loose ends as they patiently wait for her safe return.

"We just don't know much about what's going on and we don't get told much either," said C. Roessler. "We're kind of in the dark as navy moms."

But C. Roessler does turn to a navy moms' Facebook page for encouragement.

"Facebook has a site for USS George Washington," said C. Roessler. "We can talk to each other back and forth and they put up pictures up of what is going on with the sailors."

This enables the family to wait with ease as they send and receive posts of encouragement until Roessler's duty is complete.

"We just stand tall and provide what we have to provide with security in reason," said C. Roessler. "We're proud of her. We're glad that she's taking that stand."

Roessler's family said they do not know how long she will be participating in the military drills in South Korea. However, they do expect a visit from her sometime next year.

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