Family Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

War In The Gulf

March 03, 1991|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — The end of the Persian Gulf war will take 1st Lt. Nancy Boore out ofthe desert but not back to the States.

The Westminster native, a control and analysis officer with the 307th Military Intelligence Battalion, will head to Europe. But her family is overjoyed that last week's cease-fire means their daughter will depart the gulf.

"That's something we needed to hear ever since Nance went over, ever since the whole thing started," said her father, Donald.

Booreis scheduled to return to Germany after fulfilling her duties in Saudi Arabia.

"What exactly that entails, I don't know," her father said. "They keep that kind of secret."

Presumably, the 1988 WesternMaryland College graduate is gathering information about "enemy" locations and is distributing it to the troops, her family said.

"She'll have the same position (in Germany) she has now," said her mother, Rosemarie.

Although it appears troops will leave their desert posts soon, the Boores are unsure when Nancy will be back in Europe.

"They can send her as an advance party back to wherever the unit's going or leave her in the rear detachment to clean things up," said Donald, who retired as a sergeant major in 1986 after 30 years in the Army. "Right now, we don't know for sure which job she's going to have."

In fact, Nancy -- who graduated from Westminster High in 1984 -- will probably be in the Middle East for her 25th birthday, which she shares Friday with her twin sister, Carol O'Neill.

"They should be starting to move out in the next four or five weeks," the father said.

The twins -- youngest of four children -- are close but very different, family members say.

"She's more of a risk-taker -- she likes to try different things," said Carol, who teaches sixth-grade science at New Market Middle in Frederick County. "She went through airborne school and just the thought of that would make me shake in my shoes."

Both women started in the Reserve Officers' Training Corpsprogram at Western Maryland, but Carol dropped out after a year.

"It just wasn't my thing," she said. "My father asked me to give it ashot, and I gave it a shot."

However, the physical challenge and adventure of the military appealed to Nancy, said Donald, who was thechief ROTC instructor at WMC before retiring.

"She always had a kind of desire to enter the military," he said. "Of course, the ROTC scholarship paid for her education."

Her mother added, "She really enjoyed the ROTC program and the adventure training. She's kind of adventurous, and it fit into the kinds of things she liked."

After receiving the highest score in advanced camp at Fort Bragg, N.C., Nancy chose a regular Army commission, an honor given only to top ROTC graduates, her father said.

She then completed officers training at Fort Sill, Okla., and left for Germany with a field artillery unit deactivating Pershing missiles under the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties.

"Her unit was written up in Soldier magazine as one of the best Pershing missile units in the Army," Donald said.

Nancy then transferred to the military intelligence unit and received training last July in Arizona. The last time she was in the United States was also the last time the entire Boore clan was together -- at Carol's wedding.

Communication between family members has been infrequent since the war began, they said. Nancy has received few of their letters,and the last phone call the Boores received from her came Feb. 5. The letter they received Wednesday was dated Feb. 12.

"That's betterthan it has been -- sometimes it takes five to six weeks," Donald said, adding that he called the Pentagon to complain. "When I was in Korea in a foxhole on a mountain somewhere with 15- to 20-degree-below weather, they got my mail to me."

"I hope she didn't call while wewere gone," Rosemarie said.

"That's my greatest fear."

One thing has come through loud and clear in the few letters the family has received.

"She's dedicated to her job but can't wait until it's finished," her mother said. "She can't wait until she can wear her bluejeans, tie-dyed T-shirts and sweats again."

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