We recently found out about a possible reassignment for my husband's deployment location and timeline. He would be going to THIS-OTHER-COUNTRY instead of Iraq and he would be leaving in the early fall rather than in late summer. (He has a month long training assignment in July either way at this point). If he were to go to Iraq he would be performing force/convoy protection. But if he were to go to THIS-OTHER-COUNTRY he would be using his military intelligence training. He would still be deployed for a year, but the assignment would be much different. It is mostly speculation at this point. This reassignment would be a big weight off our minds and hearts. At this point it appears that they will go forward with the change. But the National guard is anything but decisive when it comes to orders at this point. And until we have it in writing in our hands we won't believe anything.
We would really like for his assignment to be in THIS-OTHER-COUNTRY. He had a deployment over in the sandbox in 2005 but the situation was different then as opposed to now. The persecution of the Church is rampant over there and my husband has been having a struggle with the idea of going over there and supporting a government that would allow our christian brothers and sisters to be treated so horribly.
Please pray that irregardless of where he ends up that he can have some peace about his assignment. He is a Sgt. now, so he has to be responsible for others and he has no choice but to follow orders and lead when/where/how he is ordered to do so.
(but we would REALLY like for him to go to THIS-OTHER-COUNTRY or just stay home
(sorry for being nebulous, but I have to follow OPSEC)
And either way he is out and DONE with the military as soon as he is back. Woo-hoo! Two deployments in 3 years is far too much from our point of view.