Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
JCMVAMC Employee Serves in Kuwait with Oklahoma Air National Guard
John Peacock, an electrician at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC), recently completed a six-month deployment to Kuwait with the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing.
Peacock, a Tech. Sgt. in the Air Guard, served at Ali Al Salem Air Base from January to July where he helped maintain the base’s power supply and electrical generators.
“It makes me feel proud, because I feel like I’m still contributing something to our country,” said Peacock, who has served in the Air National Guard for more than six years.
His deployment to Kuwait was his second with the 138th Fighter Wing. He also served there for four months from Sept. 2008 to Jan. 2009.
He said the toughest part of being in Kuwait was being away from his wife and two sons and not being able to be there when situations arise at home.
“Six months doesn’t sound like a long time, but over there it is a long time,” he said. “I know there are some people going over for longer tours and I feel for them, because they’re away from their families.”
Prior to serving in the Air Guard, Peacock served on active duty with the Navy for four years and in the Navy Reserves for 16 years. He doesn’t plan to give it up anytime soon.
“I’ve being doing it so long I just can’t see myself getting out,” he said. “Plus it makes me feel good going to drill weekend and seeing the new guys and I’m training them and showing them how to do the job and I still feel good about that. It’s kind of like a brotherhood. Once you get in that unit, everyone wants to help everyone.”
Peacock has worked at JCMVAMC for 12 years.