MOUNT VERNON — Tuesday evening Wendy Ford thought she was meeting her friend Helen Crispens and her family at Fiesta Mexicana for dinner and a visit. What she didn’t know was that Crispens and her daughter, Courtney Wallace, set it up so that Ford’s son could surprise her for Christmas.
Ford, who is an analyst in Project Planning and Control at Rolls-Royce, saw her son, Army Spc. Nic Beeman, when she drove to Fort Hood, Texas, to spend Thanksgiving with him. He is stationed with the 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 8th U.S. Cavalry.
At Thanksgiving, he didn’t think he was going to be able to get leave for Christmas. Any mother would be disappointed, but Beeman was deployed last Christmas so Ford dreaded another Christmas without him home. When Beeman found out that he could get leave, he decided to surprise his mother.
He contacted Wallace. The two have been friends since they attended Highland High School together. She saw Beeman last when she drove to Fort Hood with Ford when Beeman returned to the states in June.
She and her mother arranged the dinner surprise. They were joined by Beeman’s friend, Will Carmickle, Crispins’ husband and son, and Wallace’s boyfriend.
Beeman returned from an eight-month deployment to Iraq and Kuwait in June. Recently he re-enlisted and will continue his military service until 2019.
The cavalry does reconnaissance. “It’s the best,” stated Beeman, “I’m qualified on seven different weapon systems.”
He hopes to deploy again in March, but this Christmas, his mother gets him home.
“It’s been hard,” said Ford. “It’s been a couple of Christmases since he’s been home. That, and Thanksgiving at Golden Corral in Texas — and it was crowded.”
Beeman will be able to spend Christmas with his friends, his mother, his siblings, Joshua and Rachael, as well as his father, William Beeman. He will return to Texas after the New Year.
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