North Syracuse Roberta Comerford has been pulling double duty for some time.
Comerford is both a sergeant in the North Syracuse village police force and a major in the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Syracuse. But for the next year, her duties will be of the military kind alone.
In February, Comerford and her unit are headed to Camp Shelby in Missisippi to prepare for deployment. By this spring, they’ll be in Kuwait.
“We’ve known for at least probably a year and a half,” Comerford said. “My brigade deployed to Afghanistan in 2008-09 and as soon as I got back in ‘09, I got the alert they were going again. It was supposed to be Afghanistan at the end of November, so when November came, about two weeks out, we got the notice that we got pushed back a few weeks. We’re going to Kuwait rather than Afghanistan.”
Comerford is described as a “hard charger” by John McQuaid, a fellow member of the North Syracuse Village police force.
Comerford is not someone to let those underneath her do all the work, McQuaid said. She pitches in with calls when needed, stepping aside from her management duties at the department when necessary.
“If you were tied up on a call and another call came in, she’d be right out there taking the call,”McQuaid said. “As far as being a supervisor she was easy going and she was a good boss. She still is.”
McQuaid said he was impressed with Comerford’s dedication to service.
“When she’s not busy defending our community, she’s defending our country,” he said.
Comerford said she has been deployed twice before, the last time to Iraq. It was during that time that Comerford used her background in the military police. Her unit was charged with security for a forward operating base.