March 23, 2008


Ask and ye shall receive. Nope, not a baby, a deployment.

He's now leaving, and relatively quickly. Not on that perfect assignment I wrote about, but on a different one. (Months ago my husband warned me that I wasn't going to like leaving "regular Army" because I wouldn't be able to blog about anything he's doing. I am starting to see that this is true. I am a blabbermouth at heart, and his top secret clearance is killing me.)

You know, I sat on that Rear D info for weeks. I couldn't bring myself to write about it because we didn't want to accept it as our fate. Finally, I decided that I had to put it in print and make it real. Ha. Two days later, the whole thing was moot. I can't help but think about one of my mom's friends. It seems that my mom bumps into her every time our story changes. First my husband was leaving right away, then his timeline got bumped way back, then it was Rear D, and now we're back to leaving. I bet my mom's civilian friend can't believe that we get jerked around like this, but it's true. This is how the military operates. When my husband asked me if I was OK with finding out so suddenly, I just waved him off with a hand. I am really quite used to this, actually. And when another solder looked at me with care and concern at the ball the other day and asked how I was dealing with my husband's sudden departure, I think I freaked him out with my nonchalance. His eyes got big when I waved him off too. But seriously, this is his job, this is what he's in the Army to do, and we wouldn't be here if it bothered me. A soldier's job is to soldier.

So he goes in the field this week, comes back, we have some block leave, and he's outta here. Lickety split. And he's an "operator" now (I think that is the squirrelliest label ever, so I use it all the time, like White irony), so it's not one of those 15-month deployments. He'll be home in early 2009.

This deployment junkie is getting her fix.

Posted by: Sarah at 04:37 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 What does 'operator' mean in this context?

Posted by: Amritas at March 23, 2008 05:17 PM (jvC0f)

2 Enjoy your fix. And I am sure you will enjoy the time you have before he leaves.

Posted by: Butterfly Wife at March 23, 2008 05:57 PM (K0acE)

3 It means quite a bit in this context. Yikes. Congratulations, also. =) Sig

Posted by: Sig at March 23, 2008 06:50 PM (7uphd)

4 Isn't it hilarious when people who don't understand the assignment issues can't fathom the constant state of flux? My cousin thought we were lying about AFG's assignments for a while. She actually told people that! "That doesn't happen to anyone," she would matter-of-factly say. *snort*

Posted by: airforcewife at March 24, 2008 06:24 AM (mIbWn)

5 Nothing eloquent or wise to say, except...GEEZ! I'm here for you. I'm sure once this all sinks in, you'll have some stuff you want to talk about. {{Hugs}}

Posted by: Guard Wife at March 24, 2008 06:32 AM (BslEQ)

6 Will there be an APO where I can send cases of Tabasco?

Posted by: deskmerc at March 24, 2008 08:16 PM (Ho1gG)

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