N.Ky. Navy sailor aboard USS Nimitz awaits possible Syria strike

UNION, Ky. -- As the president uses his last day in Europe trying to gain foreign support for a U.S. military strike in Syria, a family in America is feeling the weight of his decision.

A Northern Kentucky man is aboard a Navy ship in the Red Sea, waiting out a possible attack on the Assad regime.

Shaun Wert, 23, is serving on the USS Nimitz and was scheduled to come home in October -- just in time for his brother’s wedding.

"When they made the turn into the Red Sea, then we knew," Wert’s father, Dave Wert said.

Wert’s parents Dave and Teresa Wert, of Union, said that while they’re sad their son may miss one of the biggest days of his brother’s life, they’re also proud.

"He was excited to be able to be a part of the wedding and he was excited about Dave going out and being on the ship,” Wert’s mother said. “I'm sure for all the sailors that it's a big disappointment, but I know they're all trained and ready to do what they're called to do."

Wert -- who graduated from St. Henry High School -- and the other 3,000 sailors aboard the USS Nimitz are now on hold.

The USS Nimitz strike group has not been assigned a mission yet and U.S. officials are saying the aircraft carrier is in the Red Sea in case its resources are needed to “maximize available options.

And the longer they linger, the more likely it is Wert will miss his big brother's wedding.

“That's a little tough right now,” Wert’s father said. “He was going to wear his uniform and be in the wedding.”

The Wert's say no matter what happens, Oct. 18 will still be a day filled with love.

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