LAKE PLACID - During a speech at West Point last week, President Barack Obama announced his plan to send 30,000 more troops to war-torn Afghanistan in an effort to seal victory over Al Qaeda and Taliban forces.
The president's long-awaited speech was met with mixed reviews from politicians and the public alike. Some say Obama's 18-month timeline for withdrawal should have been left out of the plan; others wanted the U.S. to pull out of Afghanistan altogether.
But for some, like Lake Placid native Sean Kane, the president's address brought a sense of relief - and a sense of purpose.
Sean Kane is a captain in the Second Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment, First Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division. He's already served 15 months in Iraq, and on Monday he received his deployment orders.
"Now we're trying to get a finalized timeline for when we actually leave," he said. "It's nice to have some resolution."
Kane, 27, is a graduate of Northwood School. He attended St. Lawrence University and enrolled in the Army not long after graduation in 2005.
Much has been made of Obama's lengthy decision-making process leading up to Tuesday. But for Kane, the lag time between deployments is part of the job.
"We were all pretty excited once our brigade was off-ramped from our Iraq commitment; we basically went into a planning and training mode," he said. "There's obviously some questions floating around, we were all kind of wondering what was going to happen. But it's one of those things where when one commitment goes away you stand by and wait for something else to come down and until that happens, you enjoy the time you have at home with your family and friends."
On Tuesday, Kane was watching Obama's speech with some co-workers at his apartment in Watertown. His own reaction to the announcement was mixed.