After deploying to Tarin Kowt, AFG for a year and safely returning, it seemed the expectations of my family (eg Mom), and the corporate headhunters who continue(d) to inundate me with emails with job offers, were that I would complete my four-year enlistment/mid-life crisis and return to my old life and the "real" world.
But while the Army has drastically changed since I left Active Duty in 1991 and at times it has been personally Very challenging for me to live an Army life, the basic reasons I rejoined the Army remain unchanged and, if anything, have become more focused: I want to serve my Country; I believe in the Army Values as well as the Creed of the Non-Commissioned Officer and; I believe I CAN make a difference.
So, in order to deploy for nine months, once again with the very finest 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, I re-enlisted for two more years of Active Duty service.
This time around I will have a different job, different responsibilities and will be in a different location - Bagram but look for the same result: successfully completing the mission and safely returning home to a celebratory sushi and champagne feast.
When time and internet connectivity permits, I will post my thoughts and observations, with photos when possible, which I hope you enjoy reading and seeing. Please let me know if there is anything you are particularly interested in and, pending OPSEC considerations, I
will do my best to respond.
And, just in case you are just itching to send a Care Package...
Meanwhile, I'm Bag(ram) in the saddle again.