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Big Sendoff For School Staffer Heading to Afghanistan

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - The school choir sang "The Star Spangled Banner" as students and teachers sent off Sgt. Danielle Boyd from the University School of Jackson.

"I was floored," said Sgt. Boyd. "I had no idea that they had put together such a special event for me."

After 11 years at USJ, the technology coordinator is heading to Afghanistan for a six-month tour with the Tennessee Air National Guard.

"It's an educational moment for our kids," said Stuart Hirstein, the USJ Head of School. "We're talking about patriotism and service above self, and all of those things that go into serving your country."

Sgt. Boyd said she loves serving her country, but she will be counting down the days until she can return USJ. And her administration said they will be as well.

"It's going to be a long tour and that's the kind of stuff that I'll look back on, and I'll be anxious to get home," said Sgt. Boyd.

"She is relied on heavily with technology and the issues that come with technology," said Hirstein. "She will be missed."

Her final day of work before her deployment was one to remember, and Sgt. Boyd is sure to be missed at the USJ.

"We're talking about laying your life on the line," said Hirstein.. "I just think it's a selfless act that we should all be very proud of."

Sgt. Boyd has 21 years of military experience, including a six-month tour to Qatar in 2006. The University School of Jackson plans to welcome her back in April 2014.