December 04, 2004


When I went to hear Gen. Hertling speak the other night, one of the things he and his wife said was that the last few days of the deployment are the hardest, that the time between when the Soldiers get to Kuwait and the time they actually get home can feel like an eternity. Granted, I haven't made it that far, but I think the time we're going through right now is the hardest. We're at our nine/ten month range. We know things are completely up in the air right now, especially with the Iraqi elections. We know that 1AD got extended, so we're certain it could happen to us too. Rumors about return dates are flying all over the place, and no one really knows where the finish line is. Back in July, that stuff didn't matter, but as we get closer to the end, we all wonder when exactly the end will come. And how exactly the math is calculated...

One detail that irked family members about the extension [of 66th Trans out of K-town] is that it does not start until Jan. 31, 2005 — a week after the company’s one-year anniversary at Forward Operating Base Speicher.

“What they’re doing now, they’re saying, ‘You came in January, the end of January is your time,’” Sowers said. “They would say the one year mark is 31 January, that’s the math that they’re using downrange.”

So 365 days isn't a year. OK. I know that will make lots of wives really angry, but it doesn't bother me. I'd just like to know that it's happening. As long as I feel we're being updated, I'm cool. But I sure think that this leg of the deployment is the hardest. I personally will be thrilled when he gets to Kuwait, because it's the not knowing that is the worst for me.

Posted by Sarah at December 4, 2004 01:33 PM

Short-timer calendars are probably the worst way to look forward to that day. The numbers don't disappear quickly enough.

Just keep doing what you've been doing.

Posted by: Mike at December 4, 2004 09:54 PM

It was the time between knowing a pretty sure departure date and then the actual departure from Iraq. Knowing that we'd made it that far and that long and still on any given day something bad could happen - it was really hard! There was a sigh of relief when she was in Kuwait because then it was just a matter of time, and the worrying could start to let up.

At least his leave was closer to the supposed end date, so it doesn't seem quite as long since you've seen him.

Hang in there!

Posted by: Beth at December 5, 2004 12:40 AM

BTDT. Most dangerous part was the 1st 2 and last 2 months. Don't get a short-timer stick - use Plan B and survive.

Larry, USArmy, RVN 69-71

Posted by: Larry at December 5, 2004 03:34 AM