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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Got My Red Ruby Slippers On

We're still on that emotional roller coaster that is the hallmark of deployment. News stories of soldier deaths and continued violence and just plain old missing your soldier are part of the down side of the ride... then hearing from your soldier or following the good news and successes in Iraq (and yes, there IS good news and there IS success) and talk of redeployment and coming home are parts of the UP side of the ride.
The Guys and I chatted online on Thanksgiving, so that was a great start to our day! The sector where they are is still busy (a little downward swoop) but they are all safe (up swing)... they said that the chow on Thanksgiving was actually pretty decent (which is saying A LOT at their outpost!)... there were a few deaths in their area (down) but none were Americans...
they would like me to send some things in the last package going out today... in between their missions they are sleeping as much as possible and playing Matchstick Texas Hold 'Em (playing for matchsticks!)... and dreaming of home...
I've been following the private message boards set up by family members of the 3ID, and you can feel the excitement and anticipation beginning to grow with the talk of redeployment -- COMING HOME! Those words just sound so GOOD!
And we know it's starting to get real because we received this communication from the Family Readiness Group for the unit:

Redeployment

o No definite dates as of yet

o The units will not redeploy as pure units. There will be a mixture on each plane when they return; therefore, the entire company will probably not be coming back as one group.

o Once they leave Iraq, they will spend [time] in Kuwait and then will be on their way home. We will know 12-24 hours before they get to Fort _______ who will be on the plane. As soon as Rear D [Rear Detachment] knows, we will notify the respective families.

o Reception will be at ______ Army Airfield.

o POVs [personal owned vehicles] will not be released until 24 hours after they have been on the ground.

o A 48 hour pass will be given to each soldier upon arrival. (this is regardless of [whether it's a] weekend)

o There is a Re-Integration Briefing... at the... Chapel. Redeployment info will be given so please try to attend one of the sessions.

o We have not been given an official day to stop mailing items, but CPT L. recommends not mailing anything after ____.

As I was packing Christmas decorations and baking dozens of cookies and cakes, and wrapping the small Christmas gifts for our Guys, I noticed that my "stuff for our Guys shelf" in our pantry was rather bare and that we were running low on boxes and labels and customs forms -- but I don't much care at the moment... I'm not going to need that many before the Guys come home -- and the smile on my face could not have been any broader!

I know that our son and the other soldiers that have been wounded and have returned home are anxiously waiting to greet the planes carrying their buddies. And while I have become attached to a large number of Guys in Noah's unit, I'm particularly close to three Guys who are all single (ok, one is in the process of a divorce) and all of whose families live far away. Which means that, like the day they deployed when I was the only "family" the Guys had to see them off, none of these three will have family to greet them after this year long deployment. I feel badly about that and am toying with the idea of going just to be there when they land. But frankly, 12-24 hours isn't a lot of notice to get from here to there, plus the frequent flier account is dry (a trip to Noah's base after his wounding and a trip for Noah to see his brothers and friends tapped the miles out.) On the other hand, it would be really cool to have been there when they left AND when they returned... and after posting about the river I cried when they left, I would love to be able to do a post about HAPPY hugs and HAPPY tears...

Of course, I'm still catching my breath every time I hear, "soldiers were killed today in two separate incidents in Iraq..." (down turn in the roller coaster ride) I will continue to worry and fret until every one of these Guys is home. Home. Home. How good does that sound??

I can already hear the clicking heels of red ruby boots all over the 3ID... no place like home... no place like home...

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5 Comments:

At 11/25/2005 10:30 AM , Blogger Melinda said...

I am with you on those boxes, SSM!! The last cookies will be in the oven momentarily. Once frozen, they will be sealed tightly thanks to a food saver sealer, prepared then packaged for shipping first thing in the morning. I never knew what 18 dozen cookies looked like, but it sure is A LOT of cookies!!!
So glad the guys were able to IM you and all is as well as can be...

 
At 11/25/2005 3:53 PM , Blogger Wayne's Mom said...

You so often say what I'm feeling so much better than I say it myself. We did get an email from Wayne last night (on Thanksgiving Day) in which he also described his year of deployment as an emotional rollercoaster.

Thanks for your faithfulness, not only to your son, but also to all of us other Blue Star moms who look to you for strength and encouragement.

Rebecca
Wayne's Mom

 
At 11/25/2005 4:49 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

You really do know just the right words to say for us all. The day that I packaged up my last box, I actually smiled and cried. I am going to be lost without shopping for my soldiers. But on the other hand, I am going to be dancing a dance when they all return home safely. I looked forward to Saturday's when I would head to town to see just what I could find for a care package that I had not sent before.

You are such a wonderful person and I do not believe that I could have made it this last 11 months without you. Thanks for everything.

It won't really be over until they are all home.

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

 
At 11/26/2005 5:35 AM , Blogger SGT Lori said...

This was great. It will be good to read the guys are home. I have enjoyed your blog.

 
At 11/26/2005 4:51 PM , Blogger barb pfister said...

I know how you feel I will rejoice with you when they all come home. Glad to hear it will be soon.

Barb

 

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