Deploying Marine: ‘Everything I do, I try to do as the best big brother I can be’


Sgt. Jimmy Shea shares a message with his siblings in an online video. (YouTube screen grab)

Anyone who heads overseas for any length of time knows it: Sometimes, the hardest part of a deployment is simply being away.

Sgt. Jimmy Shea, a combat correspondent, is grappling with that as he heads to Afghanistan soon for a six-month deployment with the Armed Forces Network. He’ll be based at Bagram Air Base, producing news content about the work U.S. forces do overseas.

Like so many others, Shea is leaving behind a family to deploy. He has a wife and siblings, and clearly loves them dearly, based on the series of videos he has posted on YouTube recently. Here’s the latest:


Stick with it to the end. If you have a heart, the goofy stuff at the end will definitely make you grin.

UPDATE: I didn’t realize it initially, but Shea’s wife also has shared her perspective on the deployment here. Check that out here.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.


  1. Belligerence on

    I’m so scared for you! I heard the sand around Bagram got mortar’d once! You, sir, are a true Marine; going to such a dangerous place instead of a cushy, undersupplied and remote PB that gets attacked every day like all those loser grunts do.

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