BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A local military member is on his way to Afghanistan, but not for battle -- he's on a mission to teach.
Brian Hakey is a locomotive engineer from the Sunny Point Military Terminal near Southport.
He's heading to Afghanistan for a year-long mission to mentor people overseas on the proper ways of maintaining a railway and the safety procedures involved.
Hakey is one of five people making the trip as part of the United States Railway Assistance Team.
He says he's looking forward to the opportunity.
"You're not supposed to enjoy yourself when you're, deployed but I actually enjoy myself," said Hakey. "It's such a rare opportunity, such a rare mission. I get to work with railroaders from all over the world who are part of a team."
This is Hakey's second and final deployment. He plans to retire when he gets back home.
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