Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Back in the States

Will has officially arrived back in North Carolina after a long journey!!!! The official "deployment" is now over - now it enters the 'reintegration phase'.

Welcome back to America Will.

Friday, March 7, 2008


The footlocker has arrived, and welcomed me home today. Just another nice step towards HOME.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The turn over

The time has come and past for us to turn over our shop. It was a joyous time for all. It was also a bit difficult, we have spent 7 months making the place our own. We put many long hours into getting our mission accomplished. With a change-over the new command always wants to change things, they have their own views of ways to do things "better". One of the hardest parts of the change-over is the last day you are in the shop, you are supposed to sit and observe and just be there for questions only. I didn't realize how engrained in our work habit it was to get up and answer the phone, or help a customer at the counter. To our guys replacing us, good luck! I clearly remember the change-over with my replacement. His advice was to find out what works for me, and go with it.

As I write this blog post I am listening to Circle of Life from the Lion King soundtrack. I feel it is a fitting song.

I have a small request. The guys in the shop and myself would like to write Noah, unfortunately in our mass cleanup I seemed to have lost the address. If someone can email a snailmail address to me, we would greatly appreciate it!


Sunday, March 2, 2008

"March"ing the Transitions

Communication and updates here on the blog might be a little sparse for a bit - but this is a decent thing because of why. Here's a bit of an update with some nice news about this deployment.

First up, March marks the 6th month of 7 month orders in Iraq. Seems like it has taken forever to get here, but we've finally arrived to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Will is currently involved with the transition to send their unit home. This entire transition process has quite a few more steps and stages than I would have predicted. Documentation needs to be detailed to define status of everything. Picture looking ahead and knowing you have one week to train someone to be you and they'll never have the opportunity to ask questions after that training.