"...This deployment is the hardest thing I have ever had to experience..."

Katie Grigg, wife of Airman First Class Justin Grigg, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Katie Grigg, wife of Airman First Class Justin Grigg, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- "We got engaged last Christmas in Yosemite. Then we got married in May, moved out here in June, and he was deployed in July. This is a first for everything with me. It's my first time being away from home and my first experience with deployment. The hardest day of my life was the day I had to put down my 17 year old dog, but this deployment is the hardest thing I have ever had to experience. It's hard on him as well, but I can't show weakness. I have to continually stay strong for him. If I could be with him this Christmas I would want to just spend quality time with him, I would tell him I love him, he is so strong and I am so proud of him."

Katie Grigg, wife of Airman First Class Justin Grigg, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron

Hometown: Shelby, NC

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