Steindl's father, Robert, who now divides his time between Glenville and Myrtle Beach, S.C., served in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years of active duty and 11 years in the reserves. Steindl said he has been in contact with his father since he found out about his deployment orders about two months ago.
"He's obviously worried about me going, but he understands," said Steindl.
On the runways, as other military aircraft took off and landed for test runs, Steindl squinted into the sunny skies and said he hopes to leave with the knowledge the local community is behind them, keeping them in their thoughts and prayers.
"I haven't heard from anyone saying they don't support what we're doing," said Steindl. "I won't get into the political side of it because that's not part of my job. I'm just here to do my job to support my country. I joined up because of my sense of duty. I'm proud about this opportunity to serve."