Just recently, the 2004 Washington High School graduate and former Bowling Green resident's dream came to fruition.
Jacob Joseph Myles was one of approximately 3,400 Indiana soldiers who were officially called up for duty earlier this week.
The soldiers were sent off with a bang Wednesday at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis as thousands of family and friends came together to say goodbye to the Indiana National Guard soldiers.
"They've been training for a year for this," Stephen said Friday. "He's pretty much known for about 10 months (that he was going). He always wanted to be a soldier."
Stephen said Jacob Joseph, 23, is currently stationed at Ft. Stewart in Georgia. He will then travel to Kuwait before heading to Iraq.
Stephen and Regina Myles, Jacob's stepmother, attended the ceremony Wednesday in Indianapolis but were unable to say goodbye to their son. However, they had the opportunity to do so at another ceremony in Washington recently.
"I don't what you can say," Stephen said. "There was a lot of hugging, a lot of family time."
"I told him to be careful and that we loved him," Regina added. "This is a big thing for him to be doing this. I'm really proud of him."
Stephen said Jacob Joseph is a third-generation family soldier and the fourth member of the family to serve during wartime.
He is a member of the 151st Infantry B Company and is a gunnery specialist.
The 76th Brigade Combat Team formed during the first months of World War I. Two infantry regiments from the state, the 151st and 152nd formed the 76th Infantry Brigade, a unit of the 38th Infantry Division.
During World War II, regiments of the 76th fought in Europe and the South Pacific islands.
Soldiers from the 76th Infantry Brigade have supported security force deployments to Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Units in the Brigade set to deploy included Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 76th Infantry Brigade, Indianapolis; 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment Jasper; 1st Squadron, 152nd Calvary Regiment New Albany; 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment Fort Wayne; 1st Battalion, 163 Field Artillery Evansville; 113 Combat Support Battalion Muncie; 76th Special Troops Battalion Indianapolis; 1638 Transportation Company Remington; Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3-139th Field Artillery Crawfordsville; and Battery A, 2-150th Field Artillery Greencastle.
Col. Courtney Carr, Brigade Commander and Command Sgt. Major Gregory Rhoades, Brigade Command Sgt. Major will lead the brigade combat team into Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Stephen and Regina said Jacob Joseph is expected to be deployed for 15 months.
During Wednesday's ceremony, the soldiers and their families were treated with guest speakers, including Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Congressmen Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth, Mark Souder, Mike Pence, Steve Buyer and Dan Burton; Indianapolis Colts' Team President Bill Polian; Col. Courtney Carr; Major Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Sen. Richard Lugar and Gov. Mitch Daniels.
"It was just so emotional," Stephen said of the experience. "It was unbelievable. There were so many people leaving their families."
Both Stephen and Regina said Jacob Joseph would love to receive e-mails while in deployment, adding he may be reached at Jacob.Myles@USArmy.mil.
"He's got a lot of friends in the area," Stephen said.
Brazil Times' Staff Reporter Jason Jacobs contributed to this report.