Vinny arrived HOME tonight quite unexpectedly!!! Seems when they got to Kuwait for their special detail, they were told that some other unit had picked up the work AND THEY WERE GETTING ON A PLANE TO GO HOME!
Someone checking over a manifest at the Rear D called Noah at the last minute and said, "Aren't you waiting for R... ? Well, he's on the flight landing in 5 minutes!"
Noah grabbed up some of the other Guys, they hopped in the car and drove like maniacs over to the airfield... On the way, I get this phone call with Guys laughing and all talking into Noah's cell all at once telling me they were going over to get Vinny... the last of my "sons" to come home!!
As soon as he was BOTGUS (boots on the ground U.S.), he called just like he'd promised. I was laughing and squealing and must have sounded like a school girl! They were off to tip a few pints... said they owed seven guys a few brews... and pictures of Benford, Bohling, Watkins, Corban, Hardy, Byrd and Summers standing with their brothers at the bar flashed through my head... and it brought a smile to my lips and a tear to my eye. I told them to be safe (like I always do)... told them I loved them... they said they loved me, too...
I thought I would be OK when Vinny got home... thought I was over the "homecoming rush"... but as soon as I got off the phone, I bawled like a baby as the enormity of this year crashed over me.
I clutched my cross and thanked the Lord for bringing our Guys home safely...
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