Benoit on leave from Iraq, enjoying visit

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Armond Benoit Jr., son of Rhonda and Armond Benoit Sr. of Mamou, is home from Iraq for 18 days.

He was stationed in Talli, Iraq, but when he returns he will move somewhere else. He also served some time in Balad, Iraq. Right now he’s enjoying some good Cajun food and spending time with his loved ones; family, friends and his girlfriend, Robielyn McClelland of Rockwell, Texas.

Benoit entered the U.S. Army in July of 2007. He completed basic training in Oklahoma and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He has been serving in Iraq for the previous seven months. He’s at the midterm point so he was granted a visit home. He is a member of the 13 Bravo (field artillery), First Calvary Division Alpha 582.

“The army is a great experience,” he said. Iraq’s weather is similar to ours. The winter nights are chilly with warm days. He said the personalities are very different from here. “The children are very nice,” he added as he explained they’re always asking for food and water. He said the area where he was stationed was very poor. “Poverty was pretty strong.”

Benoit plans on completing his service to his country and then return home where he would like to work with the Louisiana State Police.

Benoit is a 2006 graduate of Evangeline Central. He’s home for approximately one week before returning to Iraq.

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