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

Palin speaks at son's deployment ceremony

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Texico From Mexico

    Wow Palin just said we might have to go to war with Russia over what a stupid thing to say! OMG she just blew it there! You are not even VP yet you are already out to start WWIII? yes we will go to war over georgia killing 150 million Americans and 200 Million Russians and god knows how many others over Georgia! Jebus if this person gets in office or her warmonger grandfather we are all toast! Thats not the way you stand up to the Russians without even discussions first. I dont think you people hear me 150 million dead when the nukes fly over

    September 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Voter

    I wonder who the enemy is. Al Qiada is in Afghanistan. We appear to be losing there. When you don't know that, how do you know if you won?

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Lucy

    "Victory in Irag is within sight". NOT.... We can't win an occupation.

    September 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Speider

    If he is killed or seriously wounded, will she still call it "God's will?"

    September 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. aware

    Victory is in sight for Iraq and for McCain/Palin 08! 🙂

    There is only one team,McCain/Palin, that is ready willing and able to lead the USA with gravitas, experience and integrity! 🙂

    September 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Joe, from NY

    Sarah Palin says war is a calling from God-sound a little bit like...I don't know....ISLAMIC EXTREMISM???

    September 11, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. anyonmous

    youl never win we dont thustb you palin

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Dean Kent

    I am getting so tired of the Republican whining about 'attacks' on Palin. When Obama complained earlier in the year, they called him a whiner. Now, they are the ones whining and we are supposed to be sympathetic.

    I was leaning McCain, but I'm so disgusted I won't vote for him. I'll have to take a closer look at Obama and Biden, but maybe a strong third party is what we need...

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    I hope he stays safe along with Biden's son who is also deploying to Iraq this October.

    September 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Jack


    Why don't you just tell the enemy where your kid will be.

    BIDEN had the HONOR and COURAGE NOT to mention his son was going to Iraq next month.

    Instead, Palin is USING her son for political purposes!

    SHAME ON HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. anyonmous

    she will never win

    September 11, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. brian

    I don't even like readying things she says anymore because I can hear that shrill voice in my head.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Hopeful

    We pray for Track's safety as he leaves to serve with his brave fellow soldiers. Godspeed. OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. P

    If McCain wins her son will be yanked from Iraq so fast you won't even be able to see it in slow motion, her son will se no combat at all during this remaining 55 days before the election, he will be hiding-out on some base in the green zone where the military has full control of it. He will get favortism starting today until the election when he will be stationed back state side.

    September 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Joe

    photo ops
    This woman, is good for tv and big mouth thats all.
    Is a big joke

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. P

    And she is taking advange of the militery by putting her soon in unifrom in this picture which is a violtion of the unwritten rulle not to use the militery for politaical gain to gain from it.

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. RYAN kr Jr

    We don't need photo -ops and politicians using Iraq war to enhance their credentials. Period, Sarah Palin is NOT ready to be VP; many of us, families and friends have served or still serving in the military–we don't publicize it and use it for political propaganda.

    September 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. Darrel McEntarffer

    You hear all these rumors about why Palin's son joined. Is it because he had a choice between jail or service, or did he join on his own.

    September 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |

    so sad.. she is just supporting that stupid war to get elected. i love her but i will vote for obama cus its sad to see these young heros of us to go in fight to get these poelpe elecetd. the get the credit for it at home and the sad by the way there is no lose or win in war... think about it.. if we are losing just one young american of us in this war..are we really winning this war? noooooooooooo

    September 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. jopat

    I love her. We have a junior McCain in Sarah Palin. She is the future of the Republican party.

    September 11, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Wow! She has no problem using her children to push her career.

    September 11, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  22. Jon

    It is shameless how the GOP has USED our armed forces for political gain this election cycle.

    First it was displaying the Marines at the GOP convention. Now it's Palin using them as a photo-op.

    Distractions and manipulations of our country. Shameless.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. From one who's had enough,....still

    May your son , may all of our sons and daughters return safely.

    God Bless

    September 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. mike

    I wish her son well and hope he gets back quickly and safely. But just how does Sarah Palin define "victory"? McCain does the same thing. He talks about victory and uses the word often yet he doesn't really tell us what it is.

    September 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Independentandlovingit

    Can someone, anyone explain what victory in Iraq is, what are the defined objectives to reach so we know when we have victory.
    I thought the War in Iraq was over in 2003 when we ousted Saddam Hussein and defeated his Army. Now we are just doing policing action in a Civil War.

    September 11, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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