November 20th, 2008
09:40 AM ET
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Beau Biden ships out to Iraq

Capt. Beau Biden left for Iraq Wednesday with his Delaware National Guard Unit.
Capt. Beau Biden left for Iraq Wednesday with his Delaware National Guard Unit.

(CNN) – Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s eldest son Beau left his training base in Texas on Wednesday, bound for a year-long tour of duty in Iraq with his Delaware National Guard unit.

The 114 members of the 261st Signal Brigade were training at Fort Bliss, Texas for the past two months ahead of their mobilization to Iraq. Captain Beau Biden, also Delaware’s attorney general, will serve as an assistant Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in Iraq, enforcing the Uniform Code of Military Justice and helping troops with legal issues back home.

On their way to Iraq, the unit will make two stops before arriving at a staging area outside of Iraq where they will receive additional training and equipment. The location of the staging area is classified, though most U.S. troops stage in Kuwait before going into Iraq.

The Vice President-elect was able to see his son one last time before his mobilization last weekend in Nevada when the unit had ‘R&R’ leave.

Beau was also given special permission to fly to Chicago to join his family on Election Day but declined, instead watching the returns and President-elect Barack Obama’s speech on a laptop at Fort Bliss.

“This is a different brand of kid,” his father remarked to reporters on the flight to Chicago.

Joe Biden often gets emotional when talking about his family and fought back tears during brief remarks at Beau’s deployment ceremony in Dover, Delaware on October 3.

“I’ve come here many times before – as a Delawarean, as a United States senator. But today I come as you prepare to deploy as a father,” Biden told the soldiers and their families gathered in front of the Capitol building. “Like all of the family members that are here today gathered on this green, my heart is full of love and pride.”

“Never before has a Delaware guard unit been deployed that is better qualified,” he added. “You are the best demonstration of both our nation’s greatness and, equally as importantly, our people’s goodness.”

Beau will return to Delaware next September and though he has tried to tamp down speculation, rumors are swirling about the possibility of his running for his father’s Senate seat in 2010.


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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. hilary

    He is so hot

    November 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Leo

    IS THERE ANY ONE OUT THERE WITH AN INCH OF PRIDE ANY MORE. YEAH HE'S NOT GOING TO BE ON THE FRONT LINE BUT AT LEAST HE'S DOING MORE THEN THE REST OF YOU COUCH HUGGERS..

    November 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Thomas

    Best of luck to you. Thank you for your service to our country.

    November 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Miles Smith

    Although at a moral disagreement with our current wars overseas, I must say I have a large amount of respect for Beau Biden. He is serving his country, and anyone who attempts to diminish this situation should be ashamed of themselves. God Bless You Beau Biden!

    November 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Delphine

    But with all the good wishes...he's not the only one.

    There is too much war in this world, a lot of folks lost their beloved ones...and W H Y ?????

    Get real, the only good thing to do in the US is to STAY and face the bad economy, and...if it's in your power to do so; DO something about it!!!
    NO MORE WAR.

    November 20, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Steven

    Jan- I'd love to talk to your nephews. What I do know is it has never mattered to those on the ground who was in the office, because we will execute anyway. That's the nature of the job. My personal feelings are that the Iraqis have a clean slate and aren't being proactive because they know we're not leaving any time soon (At least until now). This is based on fighting side-by-side with them for a year. So, again this whole notion that Bush is good, Obama is bad, seems to be debated by those too far from the reality. Celebrate CPT Biden and his unit, thats a worthwhile contribution if you want to make one.

    November 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. cindy

    May God protect you Beau Biden, and give you and the second family strenght.

    November 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Dave

    Don't worry Beau, you and crooked daddy will still get that cash from the predatory lenders in our state. criminals.

    November 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Paul C.

    Godspeed Beau, it's good to know that you'll be standing for justice and help in JAG. I couldn't think of anyone better to do what you're doing in the most difficult conditions, stay safe! LOL, recycle washington you are so pathetic. Another disaffected right winger pretending to be an Obama voter, please, I can see shadows like you coming a mile away. Do yourself a favor, get over losing the election, be more concerned about your ruined and defeated Republican Party and most of all instead of lying and ranting to no one, think of better ways to help your community, state and your country. Otherwise to you and the other small righties who can't shut up, Quiet! We don't care about you anymore and you don't matter!

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Penny

    Rockets and bullets do not differentiate between combats and noncombat personnel. As a vet, I wish all of you God's speed and protection.

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Tristan, Salt Lake City, Utah

    To those who belittle Beau Biden's stint as "merely" a JAG officer, as opposed to others who serve on the front lines:

    HE is serving, and it doesn't matter in what capacity. We still need people in JAG to make sure that we maintain what little sense of law and fairness the current president has left us with.

    Clearly, those who complain have plenty of time to write comments here so they're obviously not serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Perhaps I'd have respect for those who make such comments if they were more than armchair/wannabe Fox analysts.

    November 20, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Scott NYC Independent

    Beau, we believe your father and our 44th President will bring you home as soon as possible. Keep your head low and stay alive.

    November 20, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Canadian View

    I agree with "Meka" – Why are you doing this, CNN? This type of reporting is putting not just him but his fellow troops into even more harm.
    Resposibility over getting the big high lights has to come into play. You do have responsibilities, you know.

    November 20, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Aliou

    We love you Beau!!! Be safe and tell dad to bring our troups home now.

    November 20, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Aliou

    Beau should come back home because alquada already know he is there. Now we don't want them doing something stupid over there so our nation will be caught up in another international crisis. we don't need this. the defense should be smarter than that.

    now it is not the place of Mr. Biden to help with this issue. it is the defense which has to deal with its own.

    November 20, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Don

    Hey Dorothy in NC, did you wish God's speed to Gov Palin's son when he left?

    November 20, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    My prayers will be with you Beau and your family. Take care and God bless. We will just have to forgive the ignorant who believe that this journey that you are taking does not have danger in it. It's always easier for those to critize when they aren't going into harms way. Take care.

    November 20, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I can’t believe those of you who are bashing on this fellow service man. All you do is cowardly hide behind a computer screen and criticize the brave people that risk their life to serve and protect our country. The very least you can do is support our troops.

    Please bring our troops home.

    November 20, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Beverly in NC

    How sad that the son of our next VP is being sent in harm's way all because of the lies Bush and Cheney told to make up this illegal and disastrous war.

    Bush lied and hundred of thousands of innocent citizens of the world have died, been maimed or had their lives ruined.

    Bush and Cheney need to be tried for the War Criminals they are. They should spent a day in jail for each person they killed in this fake war they created to benefit themselves financially.

    November 20, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Chris

    You're in our thoughts, Beau. We'll bring you home as soon as we can.

    November 20, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. hrsc

    Gods speed young man……Been there done that.

    November 20, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Christian Sgt USMC

    i am proud of the Biden family and even more proud to hear that there are Senators that have children fighting for this country. He is a non-combative soldier but nonetheless a soldier. A stray mortar or 122mm rocket can still pose a great and lethal threat. I wish you Godspeed, best of luck, and keep your head down BB, and if the chance permits...fire your weapon at least once! :D

    November 20, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Frank the Tank

    From a registered Republican, thank you for your service, be safe, and may God be with you and all of our troops...

    November 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Jackie; Stone Mountain, Georgia

    SOME OF YOU PEOPLE ARE MONSTERS!!! HOW DARE YOU NOT RESPECT ALL OF THE MEN & WOMEN WHO HONORABLY SERVE THIS COUNTRY; NO MATTER WHO THEIR PARENTS ARE!!!!! YOU SHOULD SHUT YOUR FREAKING MOUTHS IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY. I DON'T SEE ANY OF YOU COWARDS RISKING YOUR LIVES TO FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOMS THAT YOU HAPPEN TO ENJOY EVERYDAY. SO, SHUT UP PLEASE!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU BEAU BIDEN AND EVERYONE OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN FIGHING AND SERVING IN THESE UNJUST WARS. I PRAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU AND THAT YOU RETURN HOME SAFELY!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Michelle

    God be with you and the rest of the men and wmen who is fighting for the freedom for not only thh American people but for people everywhere. Thanks to ALL!!!

    November 20, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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