Well, after a 31 hour ordeal getting from Kyrgyzstan to 29 Palms, I am currently sitting in Palm Springs with my parents and my older sister Sarah.
It's hard to put into words how good it feels to be back in the States. Coming home this time around was a lot different then coming back from Iraq. I'm not sure if I just fooled myself into thinking I'm some kind of grizzled war vet, but it just seemed like another trip. About the only time I really came close to emotional during the return happened as we were pulling out of March Air Force base and were greeted on the road by about a dozen of the "Patriot Riders". That these guys would brave the cold and wait for us at 3 am just so they could escort us 2 hours back to 29 Palms on their motorcycles really touched me.
For right now I'm just going to relax and catch up with my parents and Sarah. Meghan couldn't make it down because she's a big girl now with a big girl job (meaning she's a teacher and has parent-teacher conferences this week). I'm going to put up some pictures from Victory Field, and maybe a video or two of my mom...doing the same thing she did last year.
I wish I could have had more access to the internet on this deployment. I'm not sure I still would have posted things that were going on with our operations as we were working, the stakes were a little higher this time around, but I certainly would have liked to have answered everyone's emails better. What I plan on doing is posting various pictures up a couple at a time, with whatever story may be behind it, that way I can kind of walk people through the way things were out there. I don't know where I'll even start, but there should be some good stuff coming shortly. In the meantime, I owe everyone of you a sincere thank you for all the love and support that you have showed me and my fellow teammates over the past 7 months. Your graciousness and charity are truly appreciated. Thank you so much.