Faces From the Front for August 10, 2009 - Spc. Joshua Higdon
Current Unit:Company A, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy)
Current Position: Carpenter Specialist
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown: Nassau, N.Y.
Years of Service: 2
Two years ago, Spc. Joshua Higdon enlisted in the Army, becoming the third generation of his family to serve in a major conflict. His father served in Desert Storm, his maternal grandfather in Vietnam and his paternal grandfather in Korea.
Although he comes from a family steeped in the value of service, Higdon didn't know what awaited him. As a carpenter with A Company, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Higdon is currently deployed to Iraq working on vertical construction projects in support of five Brigade Combat Teams. The work is an important part of the effort to support and stabilize the communities of Iraq. He has completed projects to improve living quarters at Joint Security Station Hurriyah II working side by side with Iraqi laborers. U.S. Forces transferred oversight of JSS Hurriyah II to Iraqi Security Forces in June.
"This deployment has been a real learning experience for me," said Higdon. "I have really grown. The pace is so fast and we're always pushing forward."
Higdon actually deployed a few months behind his unit, but for a very good reason. His daughter, Zalynn, was born right as the unit was leaving for Baghdad. He recently celebrated her first birthday from Iraq and looks forward to returning to her and his wife, Amy, at the end of the summer.
Higdon is a graduate of Stillwater High School and hails from Nassau, N.Y.