Local soldiers celebrate Mother’s Day half a world away

Jennifer Dorsey (photo courtesy Illinois Army National Guard)

Soldiers from a Galesburg-based unit of the Illinois Army National Guard celebrated Mother’s Day with gifts from their families who were half a world away.

Soldiers from the 444th Chemical Company, based in Galesburg, Illinois are currently deployed in Kuwait.  That unit includes some mothers.

“I can’t wait to go to all of their (her kids) sporting events when I get home,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Dorsey of Moline, Ill.  “They are all great athletes. I get compliments by different people all the time on how much my kids are loved and admired and it makes me so proud.”

Dorsey’s family sent a surprise bouquet of flowers she received shortly after running the Mother’s Day 5K at Camp Virginia in Kuwait. 

“I feel so blessed to be a mother and was so happy to see such a beautiful arrangement of flowers from my family, especially when you don’t get to see colors and blossoms like that here,” said Dorsey, the mother of four.

The 444th Chemical Company deployed in February 2012 and is expected to return in February 2013.

(Spc. Nicole Burbach, 444th Chemical Company, contributed to this report.  Photo of Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Dorsey of Moline, Illinois is by U.S. Army Spc. Ashley Yoho, 444th Chemical Company)