By Nicole Henry, Distribution Manager
Chet Inhar, alumnus of West Liberty University is being deployed overseas to Guantanamo Bay. He is in the Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer and will be deployed anywhere from nine to 14 months. Inhar said that West Liberty has helped him to be able to take on the duty and challenge of going overseas.
“West Liberty has shaped me from being away from home,” said Inhar. “Although I am going to be gone from family and friends, I have my military family and friends to take care of me as I would with them.” He said that West Liberty has prepared him with great tools and education. “I feel the education from my professors in the criminal justice department has prepared me with the real world experience in and outside of the classroom,” said Inhar. “They have taught us so much and really care about what you’re going to do in life.”
Inhar has a good mindset about being deployed and sees that it is the only way to be. He says that his thoughts have to be good or else his deployment will not go smoothly. “I have to be positive because if I am not then I will make myself miserable,” said Inhar. Although Ihnar has an optimistic view on deployment, something that may dwell on him is missing time with his family.
“My little sister will be a sophomore in high school and I am missing mentoring her through that,” said Inhar. He says that he is not afraid of his deployment at all, but missing the small things at home will be his biggest struggle. “I understand the world doesn’t stop revolving if you’re gone, but I will take every experience I get in life and try and learn something new from it,” said Inhar.
To learn more about the Army Reserves, may stop by the Veterans Office on the second floor of the Student Union. You may also speak with Veterans Certifying Official, Cheryl Mielke at 304-336-8129. To learn more about WLU’s Criminal Justice Degrees, you may speak with Professors Diana Crutchfield, Keith Bell, or Frank Noble.