September 11th, 2008
07:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin speaks at son's deployment ceremony

Palin made an appearance at an Army base for her son Track’s deployment.
Palin made an appearance at an Army base for her son Track’s deployment.

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (CNN) – Sarah Palin left the campaign trail and stepped back into her role as Alaska governor on Thursday when she spoke at a ceremony honoring 4,000 Alaska-based troops who will deploy from Fort Wainwright to Iraq in the coming weeks.

Standing in formation among members of the 1st Stryker Brigade’s 25th Infantry Division was Palin’s eldest son, Track, who went unmentioned by the governor in her brief remarks. Palin had agreed to speak at the deployment ceremony several months ago, before she was tapped as John McCain’s running mate.

Though the speech wasn’t a political event – press credentials were issued by the military base - that didn’t stop dozens of national reporters and photographers from descending on this military base in Fairbanks, home to between nearly 12,000 soldiers and their families.

“As you depart today,” Palin told the infantrymen, “don’t mind us - your parents, your friends, your family - if we allow for a few tears, or if we hold you just a little close once more before you’re gone. Because were going to miss you. We can’t help it. We are going to miss you.”

Palin said victory in Iraq is “within sight.”

“You and others like you will be there to see the mission through,” she said. “You will be there to win. You will see victory.

Track Palin signed up to join the army on Sept. 11, 2007. During his 12-month deployment, Palin’s unit will provide protection to reconstruction teams participating in the rebuilding of the country, according to Major Chris Hyde, the public affairs officer for the brigade.

Hyde, who called Track Palin “a low profile individual,” said he had not heard any securty concerns about having the son of a prominent political figure in the brigade.

“The decision to put him in that role was made before Gov. Palin was picked by McCain,” he said. “If anything comes down from headquarters we will comply, but I wouldn't even want to speculate. I wouldn’t say yes or no. That’s just my opinion. We will do well with Track Palin whether he's there or he's not.”


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soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. mm

    awesome. bush speaks again, oops, sorry palin speaks again

    September 11, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. pma

    Leave it to a republican to use heroism as a political toy. Biden doesn't shove his son's deployment into the spotlight for shallow political gain. Palin should be ashamed of herself for putting politics ahead of her son's sacrifice.

    September 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. S. Zeidner

    Democrats are so right.God help us all when a nuclear bomb is detonated in one of our cities. Thank you Dems!

    September 11, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    Palin Was Tossed A Soft Question At Her T V Interview Today About The Bush Doctrine . . . She Didnt Even Know What It Was! . . . She Didnt Even Know What It Was! She Had To Be Guided Through The Question! She Flopped! She Is A Total Flop!

    September 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. John in WV

    Upon my cousin's third deployment to Iraq, the deployment festivities consisted of a phone call.... "Dad, I'm going back to Iraq again, see you when I get back".... Forget about pigs and pit bulls. Sarah Palin is Dick Cheney with lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. DEMOCRATS FOR PALIN

    Gov. Palin did an awesome job!

    September 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Liz

    Why don't Obama enlist in the army if he so loves the United States of America. He can show how patriotic he is by showing his support by enlisting. Then we won't have to see or hear from him for a long time, maybe one or two years. That will give us a break from him. Its torture just hearing his voice now.

    September 11, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Sally from Cali

    Amazing CNN service forum blog. The candidates were remarkable.

    Real talk, straight talk, real issues.

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. Obama 08

    What a woman! As a woman, you make me proud to be American. Let the libs keep barking. That will propel you right to the White House along with the honorable man McCain

    No flipflop...no lib ...no Obama!

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Susan

    The war NEEDS to STOP!

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. Rj

    NU-CLEAR NU-CLEAR. I can't take 8 more years of NUCULAR!!

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Fred

    I can't believe3 that this woman had the audacity to make this speech where she blatantly tried to promote Bush's war as noble and necessary which is political posturing. She ALSO did a 100% political interview on this anniversary of the 9-11-2001 attacks. McCain, Obama and Biden avoided anything remotely political in honor of the horrible losses of that day.

    Palin should be ashamed.

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    ...not just "wacko" but dangerous. She says she would go to war against Russia. I guess diplomacy isn't her strong skill. Kill a moose, a few Russians...oh what the heck. I hope McCain lives a long life so we don't have mach momma running the show.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Rufus

    I hope her son will be safe. So many lifes wastes for no reason. Do we want to repeat what has happen in the last 8 years. Nope!!!! Obama President 2008.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. Free Speech

    ...not just "wacko" but dangerous. She says she would go to war against Russia. I guess diplomacy isn't her strong skill. Kill a moose, a few Russians...oh what the heck. I hope McCain lives a long life so we don't have mach momma running the show.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. R. Cooper

    Beware Son, your mother may have you headed to Russia!

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. GeorgeAnne

    Little Track will be pampered, protected and be back state-side before the ink dries. All this to escape a drug charge conviction!
    Another day, another family drama. . . . . . . . . wonder what tomorrow will bring?
    GO OBAMA!

    September 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. Let's rebuild this country

    She talks the same way as Cheney: War war war.
    and talks like an Al-Quaida member: a task from God

    Americanistan 2008 !

    or Obama 2008-2016

    September 11, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Cheryl

    Sarah, it is more than scary to envision you in the VP role.

    September 11, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama

    Do all the troops get their mommy right up front in the public light when they get ready to deploy?

    I doubt it.

    September 11, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    Victory is "within sight"?

    Well, at least she knows the party line. But she has no idea what she is talking about.

    September 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. ZANE

    Hey Sarah, if you want "little precious" home anytime soon, you'd better vote for OBAMA! lol.
    OBAMA for President!

    September 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Martha

    She sends her son to a wrong war, and leaves another, 4 months old with God-knows-who because her gut told her she should run for office.

    Imagine having a Mom like this.

    brrrr….

    September 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Brad

    Track could be deployed for the next 100 years if Mama and McCain have their way! Gook Luck Track!

    September 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. Melly

    Just precious ain't they!?!

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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