19-year-old Carbon soldier bound for service in Iraq
Kyle B. Hicken, a 19-year old soldier who graduated from Carbon High School last year, is on his way to Iraq. He'll be leaving Nov. 8.
Hicken will be assigned to bodyguard duties for the commanding general, which means he'll probably be in Baghdad, according to his mother, Amy Francis.
Pvt. 2nd Class Hicken is the son of Amy and Mark Francis and Bob Hicken. Until he enlisted last April, there was not much indication that he'd be a soldier. At CHS, he was known as a musician, having been a member of the symphonic, jazz and drum line bands. He was a Utah Music Ambassador who toured eight European countries in 16 days.
Ms. Francis said that her son was majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in music at Utah Valley University when he confided that he felt his life needed some new direction. "That came from out of nowhere," Ms. Francis said. In February he said he was going to enlist, on April 6 he went through with it and went to Ft. Knox, KY, to begin basic training.
After nine weeks of basic training and nine more weeks of advanced infantry training, he was posted to Fort Riley, KS on Aug. 5. On Aug. 18, he got his orders for deployment to Iraq. It was that fast.
Ms. Francis said Kyle is satisfied with his decision, not only because he has found the sense of purpose and direction he wanted, but also because he's upholding a tary tradition. His male parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were in the military.
A less well-known claim to fame was the fact that he and his sister Kahli are twins born in two different years on a blue moon. Explanation needed: Kahli was born at 11:57 p.m. on Dec. 31, 1990 during the second full moon of that month - a blue moon. Kyle was born five minutes later, 12:02 a.m., Jan. 1, 1991. The IRS allowed them both as deductions for 1990.
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