Father, son from Maine meet in Iraq

Posted Jan. 07, 2009, at 10:41 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A Maine man who bumped into his father in Iraq describes the meeting halfway around the world in a war zone as “surreal.”

Army Capt. John Driscoll of New Gloucester, who outranks his father, says the elder Driscoll snapped off a salute and said, “Chief Warrant Officer Driscoll, reporting for duty, as ordered.”

John Driscoll is a pilot whose current job is overseeing air traffic across Iraq from the former international airport in Baghdad. His father, Tom Driscoll of Winthrop, is also a pilot. He serves in the Maine National Guard’s 126th Aviation Regiment, which returned home on Jan. 1.

John Driscoll says they savored their time together. He says they rode bikes around the base and sang and played guitar for John’s family where he’s stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., thanks to a computer Web camp.