Andy has been gone for less then four full days so far, and already I think that perhaps my children have been taken over my aliens.
But wait, you didn't know that Andy was gone! You see, after the "OPSEC drama of 2010" I think most military wives have been slightly more cautious about what they say, and who they say it to. Not that Andy's TDY is of any importance in the world of military security, but for some reason, posting it for the whole world to see seemed unnecessary. But, now that he is safely gone, I'll tell you all about it... hahaha. (evil laugh)
He's just gone to Yuma on a joint effort with the Marines creating better communication and understanding about how the A-10s work. He'll be gone about three weeks, doing his regular job, keeping the planes in the air where they are supposed to be.
He says it feels very much like Afghanistan. Hot, sandy, 12 hour shifts. All you do is work, sleep, go to the gym, grab some food, then do it all again. The only difference is that he has a cell phone so can call me, or txt me on occasion, rather then having to wait and E-mail or Skype me. They are planning to drop some real ammo for practice, and from my understanding will have some "return fire" coming at them as they practice. Andy is actually glad for it, because there are some younger guys in his unit who have not deployed yet. This will hopefully give them a taste of what it is like, a "reality check", without any actual danger.... except perhaps heat exhaustion.
It was slightly humorous. In the sermon this morning our pastor mentioned the something about how the Marine's love to see the A-10s coming, and I almost laughed out loud. So often the AF has a rep of being the lazy branch of the military. The "chair force" I have heard it called before. But even the Marines respect the actual AIR part of the AF. The people who keep the planes in the air, the maintainers, ammo, and crew chiefs - as well as the pilots who fly the planes who drop the bombs, and the planes that carry the gear, etc. We may get teased, but the AF has earned it's place.
So, three weeks, here we come. Adventures in Yuma. Adventures on the Homefront. One day at a time!
Who writes this stuff?
- I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure. I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at firstname.lastname@example.org