Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 21, 2013

A Father's Day message from Afghanistan

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Then the Obermeyers were escorted to really good seats three rows in. They left after getting tired during the fifth inning. According to Beth, “My kids were super troopers. They walked a lot of flights of stairs” that day.

Game 3 ended with North Carolina State University beating the University of North Carolina 8-1.

Souvenirs include a Rodríguez-signed ball for each kid and the Air Force commander, plus a signed T-shirt Beth Obermeyer will send to her husband.

The couple Skyped about the happy memory the next day. The son of John and Ann Obermeyer, Batesville, reported six servicemembers helped with the video filming.

Obermeyer, the 466th Air Expeditionary Group Operations Center superintendent, is responsible for accountability for over 1,700 airmen. Most stop in Kyrgyzstan before and after their Afghanistan tours. “It’s kind of a briefing point for everyone going in country,” she explains. Obermeyer recently traveled to all Afghanistan locations “just to make sure how things are running, how they’re processing people when they get off the planes.”

Beth Obermeyer describes her spouse as hard working and good-hearted. “He likes to be a mentor to the younger airmen, he boosts them up … .and actually listens to them. He works hard to give people direction and guidance.”

The 22-year servicemember earned an MBA with a concentration in human resources from Bellevue University.

The couple got married in 2000. Obermeyer was stationed in Omaha once before, from 1997-2007. Then the family lived in Eaton, Ohio, for four years while he worked with the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Miami University before returning to Nebraska.

Of being a military clan, Beth admits, “It’s a whole other type of family. You rely on each other. You have other people who help you out. You’re there for them, they’re there for you. It’s busy and it’s hard at times. You definitely have that camaraderie with families who have been in that position.”

She says Chris gives special thanks to area residents who have offered their support, “especially the women’s auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Batesville and to those of the Holy Family Parish who have offered their prayers.”

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