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Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« on: July 17, 2011, 09:22:19 AM »
So, it is that time... This week I will be flying to an Army base in Texas to get ready for deployment, and sometime after a month there my unit and I will be on our way to some where in Afghanistan. I'll try to keep everything up to date on my blog (which can be reached through my sig). I don't know how much I'll be able to hop on here but I will try to keep in touch.

Also I want to say thank you to everybody for making this such a great place to come for discussions, debates, arguments, and threads that are just plain silly. This forum is great and so are the people on it!  8)
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011, 09:35:17 AM »
May the Lord have mercy! I recently was talking ot a person who has had her husband on 8 deployments in 10 years. I truly hope you keep us updated!
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011, 09:39:31 AM »
May the Lord have mercy! I recently was talking ot a person who has had her husband on 8 deployments in 10 years. I truly hope you keep us updated!

8 deployments in 10 years? Wow, I don't think I could handle that, I've been in for almost 8 years and this is my second deployment...
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011, 09:43:40 AM »
May the Lord have mercy! I recently was talking ot a person who has had her husband on 8 deployments in 10 years. I truly hope you keep us updated!

8 deployments in 10 years? Wow, I don't think I could handle that, I've been in for almost 8 years and this is my second deployment...

Yeah; let's just say for the sake of everyone involved this will be the last deployment.

But where I am going with this is: please know that we are with you in our prayers. Do noty be convinced that you are alone or that no one is concerned about you.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011, 09:48:19 AM »
May the Lord have mercy! I recently was talking ot a person who has had her husband on 8 deployments in 10 years. I truly hope you keep us updated!

8 deployments in 10 years? Wow, I don't think I could handle that, I've been in for almost 8 years and this is my second deployment...

Yeah; let's just say for the sake of everyone involved this will be the last deployment.

But where I am going with this is: please know that we are with you in our prayers. Do noty be convinced that you are alone or that no one is concerned about you.

Thank you, Father. I truly appreciate all prayer I receive.

I will do my best to keep everybody updated.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011, 12:58:55 PM »
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011, 01:09:47 PM »
Lord have mercy. I will definitely stop by the blog!
She's touring the facility/and picking up slack.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011, 01:27:18 PM »
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2011, 02:59:44 PM »
Will be remembering you in my prayers. BTW, what is the name we should use in our prayers?

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2011, 03:22:12 PM »
Will be remembering you in my prayers. BTW, what is the name we should use in our prayers?

Pray for everyone; God knows who you are praying for.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2011, 03:27:18 PM »
Be safe! Lord have mercy.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2011, 04:26:22 PM »
Thank you all for your prayers, and feel free to use whatever name you want for me, but my first name is David.

I just found out today that my platoon has been chosen for a special mission (nothing top secret or dangerous, just a different mission than the rest of our unit) that puts us in Iraq for 4 months before we meet up with our unit in Afghanistan. I think thats good, because Iraq is not as bad as Afghanistan is right now.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2011, 04:32:14 PM »
May the Lord keep you safe!
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2011, 05:50:19 PM »
Lord have mercy on your servant David!
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2011, 05:51:48 PM »
God be with you!  What unit are you with?  Or is that classified?
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2011, 05:53:58 PM »
230th Signal Company out of Nashville, TN.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2011, 02:51:13 PM »
Well, I am now in New Mexico for my training. My internet status is almost nil in the barracks, so I am at the MWR using their free stuff. I am trying to stay safe and calm to get through the training here, a lot of stuff has changed since I last deployed.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2011, 03:08:31 PM »
Well, I am now in New Mexico for my training. My internet status is almost nil in the barracks, so I am at the MWR using their free stuff. I am trying to stay safe and calm to get through the training here, a lot of stuff has changed since I last deployed.
Lord, have mercy! Thank you for the update. :)
She's touring the facility/and picking up slack.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2011, 03:11:54 PM »
Lord have mercy.

St. Michael, pray for us.

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2011, 03:14:06 PM »
Well, I am now in New Mexico for my training. My internet status is almost nil in the barracks, so I am at the MWR using their free stuff. I am trying to stay safe and calm to get through the training here, a lot of stuff has changed since I last deployed.
Lord, have mercy! Thank you for the update. :)

Thank you, and you are welcome. Updating is another way for me to connect to home, so it comforts me in a way. I love the capabilities of the internet - it is like taking a piece of home with me.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2011, 03:23:49 PM »
May the Lord have mercy and keep you safe!
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2011, 03:40:34 PM »
Make sure that you hook up with St. George Orthodox Military Association: http://www.orthodoxmilitary.org/

My husband didn't know about them during his last deployment, but it would have been a great resource.

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2011, 03:46:31 PM »
I have looked into them and plan on getting in touch with them next time I can.

Thank you all for your prayers.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2011, 01:46:19 PM »
Hey guys, I have made it safely to Kuwait. No I get to hurry up and wait around. My internet time is about to run out, but I wanted you all to know that I am still safe and alive.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2011, 01:51:42 PM »

Thank, God!

May He watch over you and keep you safe!

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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2011, 02:58:55 PM »
Lord have mercy!
She's touring the facility/and picking up slack.
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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2011, 03:02:44 PM »
230th Signal Company out of Nashville, TN.

I was in a communications company for 7 years. Through the prayers of Ss George, Demetrios, and all of our other military saints, may God bring your unit home safe.

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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2011, 03:19:02 PM »
Through the prayers of SS. George, Sergius and Thedore, Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2011, 08:30:26 PM »
Lord, have mercy.

Since your Internet resources are somewhat limited, we'll understand minimal communication from you. Prayers for you (and your family at home) will continue.

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« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2011, 09:23:38 PM »
as u posted from kuwait:
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« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2011, 11:13:39 PM »
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« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2011, 11:30:18 PM »
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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2011, 11:38:27 AM »
May the Lord have mercy on my brother and all our soldiers.
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« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2011, 05:13:15 PM »
Hey guys, I have made it safely to Kuwait. No I get to hurry up and wait around. My internet time is about to run out, but I wanted you all to know that I am still safe and alive.

My buddy T-Bone was in Kuwait about the same time you were, then.  But he's going straight north with the Cavalry!

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2011, 05:35:09 AM »
230th Signal Company out of Nashville, TN.

I was in a communications company for 7 years. Through the prayers of Ss George, Demetrios, and all of our other military saints, may God bring your unit home safe.

P.S. I like the background image to your blog.

Yeah, I don't think that I will be staying in this unit after my deployment is over; I'll probably go back to my old MP unit. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with signal or commo, but MP is where its at for me.

As for my background image... it was the only picture I could find that I felt showed a Christian soldier, although he is a crusader. Alas, it seems I am stuck with a Westernization idea of what Christianity is.

Again, thank you all for your continued prayers.

Hey guys, I have made it safely to Kuwait. No I get to hurry up and wait around. My internet time is about to run out, but I wanted you all to know that I am still safe and alive.

My buddy T-Bone was in Kuwait about the same time you were, then.  But he's going straight north with the Cavalry!

God be with the two of you and all the others.

I'll be sure to keep him in my prayers. The Cav aint no joke, I know he will have a lot to deal with.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2011, 08:46:46 AM »
So, I know that it has been a while since I have updated this thread, but I just wanted to let you all know that I am back in Kuwait as the occupation of Iraq is coming to a close. I don't know how long I am going to be here or when/if I am going to Afghanistan. My internet is up and down, but that is to be expected with all the soldiers around here.

On a side note, I went up to the PX today just looking around, and one of the booths outside had cloth icons. They were done in the byzantine style but were made from cloth with little crucifixes dangling from the bottom and some had a fish eye on the bottom in the center. They were made so you can hang them on the wall and what not. The PX also had some prayer rugs that did not (from what I could tell) have any Arabic script - though I only took a quick glance.

They have a lot of interesting things around here. I am debating on whether or not to get my wife one of those belly dancer outfits they sell...
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2011, 09:01:35 AM »
So, I know that it has been a while since I have updated this thread, but I just wanted to let you all know that I am back in Kuwait as the occupation of Iraq is coming to a close. I don't know how long I am going to be here or when/if I am going to Afghanistan. My internet is up and down, but that is to be expected with all the soldiers around here.

On a side note, I went up to the PX today just looking around, and one of the booths outside had cloth icons. They were done in the byzantine style but were made from cloth with little crucifixes dangling from the bottom and some had a fish eye on the bottom in the center.

These were also widely available in Turkey. I think they're from Greece. I gave one to someone in my church with the evil eye thing and everything and the deacon started fuming. "Those Greeks put evil eyes on everything! That does NOT belong on an icon!"

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2011, 09:10:44 AM »
So, I know that it has been a while since I have updated this thread, but I just wanted to let you all know that I am back in Kuwait as the occupation of Iraq is coming to a close. I don't know how long I am going to be here or when/if I am going to Afghanistan. My internet is up and down, but that is to be expected with all the soldiers around here.

On a side note, I went up to the PX today just looking around, and one of the booths outside had cloth icons. They were done in the byzantine style but were made from cloth with little crucifixes dangling from the bottom and some had a fish eye on the bottom in the center.

These were also widely available in Turkey. I think they're from Greece. I gave one to someone in my church with the evil eye thing and everything and the deacon started fuming. "Those Greeks put evil eyes on everything! That does NOT belong on an icon!"

I might buy one if it doesn't have the fish/evil eye thing on it, and maybe a prayer rug too. IDK yet, I'm trying to not get too crazy with my purchases while I'm over here, but one thing I will buy if I can find it is a meerschaum pipe.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2011, 05:20:35 AM »
While my husband was in Afghanistan he bought me a couple star sapphires. You wife might dig that. In Kuwait you can get almost anything dipped in platinum (or at least you could when my husband was deployed thru there in 2005).

Thanks for updating, I am glad you well.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2011, 04:18:45 PM »
the 'fish eye' thing is the 'evil eye'; a good luck charm to ward away bad spirits.
people from the mediterranean and some african countries believe that someone who is jealous of you can send the 'evil eye'; a bad spirit to give you bad luck. people make images of the 'evil eye' to appease the bad spirits.
this is not allowed (and not necessary!) for Christians, so we should never mix the cross of Christ with the 'evil eye' as only Jesus has defeated death and evil; not some little charm that you can carry with you.

by the way, it's also forbidden in islam, but the average muslim doesn't know this. even my very religious 'hijabi' muslim friend is afraid of the 'evil eye'. lots of people in egypt carry these images with them.

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #41 on: December 31, 2011, 09:41:25 PM »
And I'm home on leave! Long flight was long, but we got to stop in Ireland for a 3 hour lay over... pretty nice. My daughter was so excited to see me, but i think that had more to do with opening my Christmas gifts than it did with actually seeing me.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #42 on: December 31, 2011, 09:45:06 PM »
And I'm home on leave! Long flight was long, but we got to stop in Ireland for a 3 hour lay over... pretty nice. My daughter was so excited to see me, but i think that had more to do with opening my Christmas gifts than it did with actually seeing me.

Have some fun and relaxation (hopefully)!  Also, if your daughter is anything like mine, then the presents are exciting, but don't forget that it's Dad that is in the heart :)
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #43 on: December 31, 2011, 09:55:00 PM »
And I'm home on leave! Long flight was long, but we got to stop in Ireland for a 3 hour lay over... pretty nice. My daughter was so excited to see me, but i think that had more to do with opening my Christmas gifts than it did with actually seeing me.

Have some fun and relaxation (hopefully)!  Also, if you're daughter is anything like mine, then the presents are exciting, but don't forget that it's Dad that is in the heart :)

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #44 on: January 01, 2012, 07:26:53 AM »
Prayers......

Lord Have Mercy......Amen Amen

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and Bring you and All home safely .....Amen Amen

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Of God ,For Her Mantle of Protection  for You, And All with You.....Amen Amen

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in Heaven, to Watch Over All.....Amen Amen

For In Faith we Ask ,And In Faith We Receive .....Amen Amen
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #45 on: January 01, 2012, 05:54:21 PM »
Glad to see you home safe, DC. I'm sure you are the best present of all for your daughter! :)
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #46 on: January 17, 2012, 08:42:41 PM »
Help! I dreamt that I took a realy long plane ride and when I woke up I was back in Kuwait... oh, wait that was real life  :police:
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #47 on: January 17, 2012, 09:22:43 PM »
Help! I dreamt that I took a realy long plane ride and when I woke up I was back in Kuwait... oh, wait that was real life  :police:

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #48 on: May 31, 2012, 01:47:34 AM »
I know that it has been a long time since I updated this thread, but I thought I would throw a few quick updates your way...

We have just over a month left in this country. We are starting to pack and get our stuff ready to be put on a connex to be shipped home. It looks like we will be getting a civilian flight out of here so we should be able to wear civilian clothing on the flight.

We have to spend a few days at our Demobilization site for over a week getting our paper work in order and then a day or two at our home station after that... then, well its party time, and by party I mean I'm going to sleep so hard you'll think I am dead. And then probably have a beer (Guinness, Killians or a Sam Adams maybe all three).

My wife is planning on surprising my daughter at day care if I am released on a school day, I think she is going to record the whole thing. I don't know if she has said anything to our parish about me coming home, but I might like that to be a surprise too, idk yet (probably play that one by ear).
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #49 on: May 31, 2012, 02:50:23 PM »
may God give u strength to hold out till u leave and may he bless all those u meet.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #50 on: May 31, 2012, 08:05:15 PM »
You should have about a month of terminal leave by the time you get released from active duty. Enjoy it, you earned it.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #51 on: May 31, 2012, 08:32:33 PM »
Awesome to hear DC.
and by party I mean I'm going to sleep so hard you'll think I am dead
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2012, 12:48:06 AM »
May the LORD be with you on the way hom and at home.

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #53 on: June 01, 2012, 02:54:39 AM »
Awesome to hear DC.
and by party I mean I'm going to sleep so hard you'll think I am dead
Why are you so tired?

My guess would be someone else determining his schedule, working him til late at night, and having him up at the crack of dawn with the bugle call.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #54 on: June 07, 2012, 01:58:18 AM »
Awesome to hear DC.
and by party I mean I'm going to sleep so hard you'll think I am dead
Why are you so tired?

Right now its because we aren't doing anything. It's kind of like when you are always active you seem to have more energy, but when you just sit around you get tired. That and I've found that sleeping will get rid of jet lag and stress that has accumulated over time.

Awesome to hear DC.
and by party I mean I'm going to sleep so hard you'll think I am dead
Why are you so tired?

My guess would be someone else determining his schedule, working him til late at night, and having him up at the crack of dawn with the bugle call.

Actually the only times I worked really late at night was by my own choice, and we haven't been getting up at the bugle call lately. But I guess there were all those times that I didn't get enough sleep due to what you mentioned.

You should have about a month of terminal leave by the time you get released from active duty. Enjoy it, you earned it.

I should actually have over a month as this was my second deployment... I'm still going to enjoy it  8)

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #55 on: July 02, 2012, 08:27:38 PM »
And I'm back in the USA!

I managed to sleep for the majority of the flight back from Kuwait, so I'm doing pretty good for right now.

We landed in Baltimore at about 1140 EST then took a nice bus ride to Ft. Dix where we will be for about two weeks. I'm glad to have the majority of our deployment behind us now. Now for the paper work...
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #56 on: July 02, 2012, 08:30:36 PM »
Welcome back!  ;D
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #57 on: July 02, 2012, 08:32:05 PM »
Welcome home.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #58 on: July 02, 2012, 09:08:31 PM »
And I'm back in the USA!

I managed to sleep for the majority of the flight back from Kuwait, so I'm doing pretty good for right now.

We landed in Baltimore at about 1140 EST then took a nice bus ride to Ft. Dix where we will be for about two weeks. I'm glad to have the majority of our deployment behind us now. Now for the paper work...

Good to have you back in the land of the Big Mac. Now, get down to MIA ASAP.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #59 on: July 02, 2012, 09:44:06 PM »
Welcome back, soldier!  And thank you for your service!!
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #60 on: July 03, 2012, 06:57:29 PM »
Thanks guys!

Good to have you back in the land of the Big Mac. Now, get down to MIA ASAP.

You paying my way?

The wife and I are thinking of hitting the beach down there with the little bit, probably going to stop by and what not.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #61 on: July 03, 2012, 08:52:00 PM »
Thanks guys!

Good to have you back in the land of the Big Mac. Now, get down to MIA ASAP.

You paying my way?

The wife and I are thinking of hitting the beach down there with the little bit, probably going to stop by and what not.

If you're hitting the beaches down here, you'd better stop by! G's ma and pa will hunt you down if you don't!
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #62 on: July 03, 2012, 10:18:10 PM »
Welcome home!  :D
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #63 on: July 03, 2012, 10:21:01 PM »
Thanks guys!

Good to have you back in the land of the Big Mac. Now, get down to MIA ASAP.

You paying my way?

The wife and I are thinking of hitting the beach down there with the little bit, probably going to stop by and what not.

If you're hitting the beaches down here, you'd better stop by! G's ma and pa will hunt you down if you don't!

I will, bro, don't worry, but I don't know when I'll get the chance to actually make that trip.
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #64 on: July 13, 2012, 11:45:43 PM »
And I'm back in good, old TN! My wife had a few nice surprises for me when i finally got home. I have 64 days of leave. That is all.
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« Reply #65 on: July 13, 2012, 11:55:07 PM »
Yay!
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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #66 on: July 16, 2012, 02:33:26 PM »
Welcome back and Thank You for your service!

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Re: Leaving on a Jet Plane...
« Reply #67 on: July 16, 2012, 03:37:28 PM »
Welcome back and Thank You for your service!

Thank you.
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