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U.S. Army Spc. Terry Foster
Canadian Soldier Joins U.S. Ranks to Create a Better Life
By Sgt. Marcus Butler, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne)
KALSU, Iraq, Jan. 8, 2007 — Living in a community lacking job opportunities creates challenges for the average family. Eventually, the choice to stay or to venture out of the area to improve the situation has to be made.

Spc. Terry Foster had to make that life-changing decision and chose to join the U.S. Army.

For the native of Chilliwack, British Columbia, the military was not a completely foreign idea.

Foster previously served as an infantryman with Canadian Special Forces for three years before giving it up to pursue other avenues of employment.

"I have quite a few jobs since leaving the Canadian military," he said. "Unfortunately, my wife, Jenny did not like living in the area we were in so we moved to another city."

Foster, Jenny and their son Nicholas packed up and moved to another area where he took on a job with the Corps of Commissioners of Canada. He dealt with immigration, detaining individuals to turn them over to the proper authorities. It didn't last long.

After seven months of different jobs, Foster decided that it was time for a change.

"I started the application (process) to join the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, which is the main governing police presence in Canada,"

said Foster. "It was really hard on my family, having to drive so far to see loved ones, so I decided not to join."
That is when Foster decided to leave Canada and join the U. S. Army.

Foster became a fuel supply specialist, and after completing basic training and airborne school he reported to Fort Richardson, Alaska. He considered himself lucky to get Alaska for a first duty station.

"It was a great thing for my family, that I was stationed at Fort Richardson," Foster said. "My wife's brother lives in Wasilla, Alaska, so that is less than 45 minutes away. We have a lot of good friends throughout the company and post and that makes our lives so much easier."
U.S. Army Spc. Terry Foster, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs, stands in front of his gun truck prior to leaving the wire on a convoy re-supply mission. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Butler

But it also came with a downside.

Foster was going to be deployed to Iraq as part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
He took it in stride though and is now promotable.

"Spc. Foster has always been a hard worker with a good sense of humor," said Sgt. David Tolson, fuel supply specialist and Foster's squad leader. "Now that he is able to be promoted to sergeant, I am confident in handing Foster more duties and responsibilities."

However, Foster said he knows his biggest responsibility is waiting for him at home.

"My wife is obviously concerned about me being here in Iraq, but the support back home from the family support group and close family and friends are a big help," he said.

The Spartans have been in Iraq for three months and Foster, like many soldiers is looking forward to the journey home. He has a good reason.

Approximately one month ago, Jenny gave birth to a baby girl, Sabrina.

"My time over here has been bitter sweet," Foster said. "I know I have my families support, and I can not wait to go home to them."

Last Updated:
01/08/2007, Eastern Daylight Time
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