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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  1. truth-Chicago

    What a political move to have her son deployed to Iraq on 9/11 and her first intereview!!!!

    I really think this is sad to make a show of her sons making a decision to serve his country for political gains. Why is that her son is receiving all this special treatment? There are thousand of soldier who have made scarfices for our country and they come back emotional or physically injured and they don't get all the bells and whistles. How unfair that they come back and can't get the help they need, but yet he is receiving a heroes welcome without doing a thing as of yet. Don't get me wrong it is wonderful that he has chosen to serve, but I feel that this was a family moment to say their good byes.

    September 11, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. JT from TN

    It strikes me these people will send even their own family over there in that danger. How many years is it now since Bush has declared mission completed now?

    September 11, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. Scott

    Incredible timing....nice political stunt....just like McCain picking her

    oh yes one more thing....Im a Vietnam war put a sock on it!!!

    September 11, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Hillary Supporter for McCain/Palin

    That is what you call a true leader and one who keeps its promises.

    September 11, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Andrea

    Good bless all of our brave men and women!!! I respect Sarah Palin Mom, I disagree with Gov. Palin GOP candidate.

    Obama/ Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. Palin 2012

    Thank God we don't have to kiss up to you anymore. We will win this without your help. Hillary is the true pig in lipstick.

    Palan 2012

    September 11, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. didi -davao, philippines

    to gov. palin and family. my prayers and thoughts are with you. a special prayer for your son, track,..... may our good LORD bless and keep him until the day he goes back home to Alaska. wishing you all the best and good luck. i hope you and Sen. McCain will win the elections in November.

    September 11, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. obama 08-12

    palin who?

    September 11, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. sjp

    she is a proud mother and deservedly so, good luck to track. but lets take a close look at the governor and wonder what a possible future VP is doing verbally challenging russia. if this is her idea of how to handle foreign affairs, i am seriously worried of the consequences to america that these type of statements make.

    September 11, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. Palin 2012

    Hillary is the true pig in lipstick. Pumas go home we dont need you anymore. We have one this without your help.


    September 11, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. Paula

    Since when do you get to have your pick by connections as to where you go?Why the special treatment?For someone who's wanting family off limits they flaunt them an awful lot.

    September 11, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  12. Palin 2012

    To all Hillary supporters.

    Take your witch Hillary and go home. God has deemed a new leader in Palin. We don't need you anymore to win this election.

    Palin 2012

    September 11, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. Trenton

    Oh please.....just in time for the election. What a set-up!

    September 11, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Katrina

    "Kids are off-limits," I thought.

    September 11, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Florida Sunshine

    The Republicans can't back away from Palin fast enough....they're trying to save their own hineys now!

    September 11, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  16. SS

    VA VA VOOM!!!

    September 11, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. SallyS

    She should quit wearing those heels. They're bad for your feet and your back.

    September 11, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. ChristianBusinessWomanWhoIsNotFooled

    John McCain is an OLD fool. 1 out of 4 VP's have become President. It will happen this time-he is old, and it has not happened since Nixon. You fools who vote for him, are going to end up with this "walk on" in the "starting line up". Our country will be in WORST off than it has EVER been. Her plastic smile does not fool me. CBWWNF

    September 11, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  19. Flora

    I've noticed that Pitbull Palin can sure dish it out, but has alot of trouble taking it! She seems to be having more and more problems. from all directions.....she's looking scary. My vote will be for Obama, he's stable.

    September 11, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  20. Thomas, Illinois

    I am a true Dem, and will be voting for Obama...I just want to say, good luck to Track Palin, and be safe...Thanks Track for your service...

    September 11, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. debra a. deras

    Palin is another religious fanatic, who is winning the votes of other religious fanatics.
    There is nothing positive about sending your son out into war.
    You have a distorted view on life.

    September 11, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. jdm

    Sad to say, but. This remind me of the football player, first women recuse by SF. after a combat battle. This could really go bad if this unit hits contact with the enemy. Will we think this show be worth this young mans life. This should have been a private moment for the unit familys. Not a photo op. They put on a show when we left, but we came back in the nigth with no onee but our family and friends.
    SFC retire US Army. Gulf One.

    September 11, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Andy

    Someone needs to ask her to define victory in Iraq. There were no WMD's, No Al-Quaeda, No hearts & mind's won (quite the opposite), nor did we even manage to plunder any free oil out of it? Now, several thousands of lives, & trillions of dollars later... she claims victory?

    Generations of American's will inherit a huge debt! Might as well have just sold the USA on eBay.

    September 11, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. Jeff from Jersey

    There is no such thing as "winning" in Iraq.When are the republicab wackos going to realize that.After all these years and more than 1,000,000 dead Iraqi men,women and children killed as well as the american dead and wounded,the minute we leave the muslim extremists will pounce on any government that is created and everyone knows that even if they won't admit it.
    How does ANYONE consider this winning?We've already wasted far too many of our best and brightest to this catastrophic military blunder.Enough is enough!
    republicans + winning =insanity!

    September 11, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  25. Ron L

    Yes, It is WONDERFUL that her son has decided to serve our nation.
    This is IRREVELANT to her being ready to be the Vice President of the worlds greatest nation.
    Todays interview gave very strong indications that she IS NOT INFORMED or SEASONED enough for the job of Vice president which means she surely WOULD NOT be ready for the Office of the President!!
    WE NEED and should DEMAND more interviews...THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT to take LIGHTLY.

    September 11, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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