A new, ordinary life

Ranger recovers, settles into ‘T-shirt and jeans’

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published: Sunday, May 30, 2010
Every day, Charles E. Nye drives to his office on a tree-lined street in suburban Houston, Texas.

The Fitzwilliam native, who describes himself as a “T-shirt and jeans kind of guy,” dons khakis and crisp button-down shirts at work.

He spends his days working as an operations support manager for Wapati Energy LLC, an oil company run by a friend and former military colleague.

He’s home every evening by 5, loves hanging out with his 8-year-old son, Caleb, by the pool and taking his wife out to dinner.

He frequently gets to see his children from a previous marriage, Dylan, 18, and Sarah, 16, who live in Dallas.

On Friday afternoons, he goes pistol shooting with his boss at a local target range.

Shooting is perhaps the only remnant of a life he once had — the life of an Army Ranger that took him to Panama, Afghanistan and Iraq.

He’s 41 and retired from the Army almost three years ago after serving for two decades.

He says he loves the time his new life allows him to spend with his family, but it’s different from the life he envisioned for himself.

It’s not a life he could have imagined until the day seven years ago he lost his left eye. Continue reading

220th Transportation Company follow up

See the whole “Mission: Iraq”series at www.sentinelsource.com/special_reports.

Family plans for deployment: Reservist, children cope with separation
By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published May 11, 2010
 Most of what 10-year-old Korrigan Masterson recalls about her father’s two deployments to Iraq is the tearful goodbyes and joyous reunions.

The first time he left, in 2004, she stood at the door crying and asking him not to leave. She was 4.

Her 7-year-old brother Cole — who was just over a year old the first time their father, Staff Sgt. Benjamin J. Masterson of Keene, left for Iraq — most vividly remembers the day his dad came home from his second deployment in 2006.

He can still hear his sister screaming before she ran over and jumped into his arms.

Their most recent reunion with their dad was April 24.

It was the day Masterson returned home for two weeks of leave after spending nearly three months this year training at military bases across the United States with the Army Reserve’s Keene-based 220th Transportation Company. Continue reading