Personally I'm glad he's out, he was unhappy with a lot of things that he was going through, and now he's got a great job - he's still doing the same thing he was doing in the Army, just without the stress of it all. He's happy, which makes me happy.
I'm glad I don't have to worry about deployments, worrying if I'll get a phone call or jumping when my doorbell rings, ignoring the news - it's something that I remember doing, and I feel the pain of the ones having to do it now.
Where they stayed.
One of the guys on a "walk of faith".
One of the caches they blew up.
I had other pictures to post, but Rich didn't want them going up. They were of some cars damaged from an insurgent who'd blown himself/car up and they had to take pictures/video/clean up.
There is also another picture I can't find on our hard drive of a cell phone that displayed "2 Missed Calls" on the screen - Rich and his team leader where out dealing with it and the insurgents were trying to set the phone off. I'm beyond thankful it didn't work.
So... a year out. A new life without the Army in our hair - and it's not bad. But there are days when he misses that comraderier I think, and there people we both miss.
Rich is right behind the flag.
One of my all-time favorite people in the word is on the back row, far right. :) He was the First SGT there, he's now a CSM in Cali. (I still call him Top) We adore him and his family and miss them - it's been too long!