2d MLG HomeHiddenNews
2nd Marine Logistics Group News Search
2nd Marine Logistics Group News
Photo Information

A photo of Cpl. Joseph Schank's wife, daughter and newborn son is displayed among rifles in his workplace aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Jan. 27. Schank is a small arms repair technician with Marine Air-Ground Task Force 11.2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward). He was able to watch his son's birth via video chat from Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano)

Photo by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano

Michigan Marine welcomes son to world via video chat in Afghanistan

1 Feb 2012 | Cpl. Katherine M. Solano

Cpl. Joseph Schank, a small arms repair technician with Marine Air-Ground Task Force Support Battalion 11.2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), is familiar with missing monumental occasions in his young daughters’ life due to his responsibilities as a Marine. He and his wife of three years have learned to communicate over long distances and support each other in crucial decisions without Schank’s physical presence.

But now, Schank has experienced a first in parenting. His second child, a son named Leland, was born while Schank was deployed in Afghanistan. Missing birthdays is one thing, said Schank, but missing the birth of his son was admittedly harder.

“Being deployed and knowing that you are having a child is hard mentally and emotionally, but knowing what I get to come home to is what keeps me together,” stated the native of Sandusky, Mich.

Thanks to a strong internet connection and video chat capability, the father of two was there to support his wife when their son was born. While he recounted the story, Schank seemed calm and collected, something he attributed to the fact that this was their second child and his wife was peaceful during the birth.

However, when discussing what he would tell his son one day about the experience, Schank became more animated, especially when talking about the pride he has for his wife, particularly at this time.

“I’m going to tell him [watching his birth] was an amazing experience that a lot of other military members don’t get to do,” he said.

He continued by explaining his pride in his wife and her ability to go to school full-time and be a mother to two young children while her partner is deployed to Afghanistan. “It takes a strong-minded, strong-willed woman, and that is what my wife is,” Schank concluded.

“I would like to thank her for being the best wife, mother, student and friend anybody could ask for.”


Welcome to the 2d MLG's Official Page. We strive to provide our audience with perspective on unit and Marine Corps news and information while maintaining an issue driven, principle based and audience focused conversation online.

While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep that in mind when posting comments. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines listed below. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines will be removed:

-We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

-We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

-We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

-Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice.

-You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

- For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don't post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy.

The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense.

You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy.

Semper Fidelis.


Click for COVID-19 InformationReport Suspicious ActivityDStress Hotline