Private First Class Travis Richesin’s parents thought their son was safely stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for 2 1/2 years. Then they learned he was on 24-hour’s notice for deployment to the Middle East.
Then a couple of weeks ago his parents, Kathy and Jess Richesin of Metolius got a phone call. “He called and said ‘I’m here,’ and I said ‘Where’s here?’ and he said he couldn’t tell us. He said he was in a two-story tent somewhere in the middle of nowhere,” his mother related.
The 20-year old Richesin works as a parachute rigger for the Army. His is a 2001 graduate of Madras High School, went through boot camp in South Carolina, and was sent to Germany in September 2002. He has a younger sister and brother, Tabetha and Casey, who attended the Rally for the Troops last Thursday at Sahalee Park with their dad to support their brother and others in the military. Tabetha also sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at the event.