Posted: Apr 15, 2013 9:50 AM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
HELENA - The Montana National Guard's 1-189 deployed from Helena for Fort Hood, Texas a few weeks ago, with part of the battalion is receiving special training in Fort Bliss, including one married couple who is sharing a third deployment together.
Tova and Cheyne Unckles' love story isn't a typical one. They're both deployed with the first of the 1-189 General Support Aviation Battalion.
"Circumstances kind of just brought us together and we've been together ever since," said Staff Sergeant Cheyne Unckles, a crew chief with the 1-189.
The Unckles were married in 2011. Cheyne works as a helicopter crew chief and Tova is in quality control.
"I used to see helicopters everywhere I went, so now I'm doing exactly what I wanted to do as a kid," said Cheyne.
Tova has a more practical reason.
"For the education benefits, so I could go to school," said Staff Sergeant Tova Unckles.
It's been less than a year since finishing their last deployment and again they've left behind their two boys, Kendrick who is 8, and Kai, 6.
The time and distance is hard on their family and they only are able call home about twice a week.
Even though they're married, they're afforded no special treatment. The Unckles have deployed in the same battalion in the past, but they weren't always stationed on the same base.
Both the Unckles have been in the guard for about 10 years. This time around, neither were called up, but Cheyne volunteered.
"You volunteered, so then I had to go," said Tova.
"I volunteered, so she jumped on board to go with me," added Cheyne.
"Or stay home by myself," she added.
The Unckles prove that those who serve together, stay together.
Once training at Fort Bliss is complete, the Unckles will be further deploying from Fort Hood, Texas to Kuwait where they will support the army by transporting equipment and personnel.