As you can see by the new photo header, we had a change of command recently. Our previous commander is heading on to bigger and better things these days…..
He commanded the RSC-SW well and left a legacy for the incoming commander to continue on in the coming days ahead.
As the command changes and personnel leave, it makes for a different climate; one that tells a couple of things: 1 – we, the coalition will not be here forever to the Afghan Military and Police, it is time for them to begin to take full accountability for thier people, themselves and thier country. 2 – Our country needs us elsewhere, new duty assignments are calling to those who are leaving.
I forgot number 3…….Our friends and families await our glorious return. Hugs and kisses, handshakes, pats on the back, good old home cooking and a nice cold beer also await us.
My teams mission is coming to an end early; due to our rapid success down here in Helmand and the transition plan of drawing down troops in theater.
It does not mean I won’t go somewhere else, as they have already identified me to report to Fort Sam Houston, Texas upon my return to the USA. Once back, they will give me my actual duty assignment there. Being now, the DoD medical training center for all things medical – I suppose it will be something directly related to training or management of said training. We will see…..
I am just glad to be going home. I was actually scheduled to begin my leave today, but since we completed our mission – I get to go back to the states. Not too bad for some hard work, eh? But, it ain’t over til its over though.
We still are in a combat zone and people are being killed every day here…..gotta keep our heads down, wits about us and our butts attached to ourselves until then.
I just have to say, just like Iraq – it is always hard to leave your fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines behind. They are still driving on with the mission and in harms way every single day; for the safety and security of our great nation.
We were family while in this place and relied on each other for safety, security, a sounding board when things were not going well…a confidant on many levels and most importantly – a friend when you really needed one.
You learn more than you ever wanted to know about each other when deployed to a combat theater. This is a good thng on many levels; it helps you know how they will react under certain conditions; especially when it really matters.
Other things are well…….different than you…..it makes it fun, breaks up the days and always makes it interesting to say the least.
Depending on how things go in the next week or so, this may be my last post until I get back to the USA.
Keep your fingers, toes and eyeballs crossed…….I will chat with everyone when we get back.