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400 days!

Tomorrow we start our 400 days of orders.  We are officially on active duty.  We mobilize.  We belong to the Army in every way, shape, and form!

I’ve already been in training for about a month.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already.  Time flies when your busy as hell!  For the next month, we will do a lot of the same training exercises, as well as all the paperwork that needs to be done, and the medical.  I am not looking forward to immunizations for the 3rd time in a year!  But we are still restricted as to what else we can do.  No alcohol, no civilian clothes, curfew is 10 pm, no going off post, and if we miss a training day for whatever reason, we will have to make it up during our four day pass.

I am still on the fence about how I feel about everything.  Like I’ve said in previous posts, I gave up a lot when the Army decided they needed me.  I still miss all of that… and can’t wait to get back home.  I probably think about it too much, but it’s my life!

On the other hand, I’ve met some awesome people in my unit.  I will be doing the part of my job that I love! (Yay for being a nerd!) And there are a lot of added benefits.  I’ve even joked about going to grad school in Ohio when we return, just so I can be in this unit.  (For those that didn’t know, I am not deploying with my actual unit, I am deploying with “sub-group” of my unit based in Ohio.)

We had a really awesome day today, to celebrate the beginning of our deployment!  First we had a 2.5 mile battalion run.  I was able to keep up with everyone, which was amazing since I hate running and I had slight sprained ankle!  I was so proud of myself!  We had some training events.  I got to go see an awesome plane that we use but I can’t talk about. 😛 Other parts of the unit had a competition of sorts.  And then we had a large BBQ outing.  Never mind it rained all day.  Most of us drank quite a bit, and some are still out at this moment!  It was awesome being able to BS with my commander and captain as well as plenty of others tonight!

It’s days like today that make it easier to be here…

Hopefully, I can have 400 more consecutive days after this that give me a similar feeling!


June 5, 2009 at 11:16 pm 1 comment

A “twist” of fate?

Technically, I am not supposed to be here.  This isn’t even my unit.  I was called up to deploy because someone got hurt and isn’t able to deploy.

I had plans already made for the next year…  I was supposed to attend grad school in Milwaukee.  This summer, I was supposed to go to Okoboji over the Fourth of July with my boyfriend.  I was supposed to go to the Iowa State Fair.  There was a family reunion and a girls weekend planned already.  Next fall, I was supposed to start grad school and ROTC.  There were baseball games and weddings and snowboard trips already in the works.  Now, all those things will go on, but I can’t be there.  All these things that I had planned will go on without me.

I won’t see my college roommate get married; I already missed one friend’s wedding.  I won’t be able to visit two of my best friends after they have their firstborns – I have to see pictures only.  I don’t even get to be there for my nieces’ 1st and 5th birthdays.  I even lost my boyfriend…

I don’t hate being here.  In fact, in the end, I know I will come out stronger, mentally and physically.  I will have a better grasp of where I actually want my life to go.  And I can attend all the school I want, mostly on taxpayer’s money and the GI Bill (Thank You, btw).  In the end, I will be a better person.

But it still hurts to know that my life was supposed to be different.

May 14, 2009 at 7:03 pm 1 comment

Less than two weeks…

I just found out yesterday that I have less than two weeks before I leave for my first deployment.

When I first found out, I kinda freaked… I was a wreck!  And at work, none-the-less!  But just about 36 hours later, I am quite happy.  Of course there is a lot I am sad about… but from the pros & cons list I made yesterday, there is more to be positive about!

Here are the details:

  • Leave for training: May 4th
  • Training at:  Ft. Dix, NJ
  • Deployment Date:  June 7th
  • Deployment Length: 1 year
  • Deployed to:  Iraq, not sure where exactly yet
  • Job:  Psychological Operations Specialist
  • What does that mean?:  I will help develop US Army/Coalition materials for distribution to Iraq civilian population – similar to marketing.

My plan is to keep as many of my friends and family (and whomever else wants to follow) in the loop while deployed, and hopefully help you all understand what soldiers overseas really deal with.  I don’t know any of it myself yet, but this should be interesting!    Feel free to leave comments and questions!  I can’t wait to start this adventure… well, I can, but I don’t have much choice! 😛

April 21, 2009 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

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