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Friday, June 08, 2007

08 June 2007, ALMOST THERE!!
Well, I made it to Ft. Carson, Colorado on the 5th. As I last mentioned it took 55 hours to make it out of Afghanistan to Kuwait where we spent two days. Then flew out of Kuwait to Frankfurt-Hahn Germany where we stayed long enough to fuel up. Couldn't find Sanni anywhere. Next, we flew to Iceland, refueled, blew over Greenland, stopped in Indiana. Here we were met by Veterans and had our first chance of calling our families upon arriving in the beautiful United States. We finished up when we arrived in Colorado.
For the last three days we have been out-processing, briefings, medical, anything and everything. We are staying in the new barracks which resemble a prison compound to include a fence all the way around it. They have us out far enough that we have to take buses to come into the main base. (Sounds more like we might have something and are in quarantine)
I finally finished up all of our out-processing a couple of hours ago and found a cyber cafe.
The final flight will occur on Sunday and I should arrive at the Will Rogers Airport around noon. Yipee!
At one point yesterday, we almost turned on a Active Duty soldier as he was giving a briefing and told us we would be returning to our "weekend warrior" mode. The whole auditorium erupted as this guy hadn't seen a tour in a combat zone yet and many like myself have already had over 800 days of it since 911. This is still the mentality of some of the active components and from what I've seen we could go head to head with just about any active unit out there and shine well above what they could do. We bring so much more to the table(battlefield) with our civilian lives since we are more diversified in our backgrounds than just being trained in one job.
Anyway, it's wonderful being back and in less than 48 hours I will be home. I want to thank everyone of you for your prayers, blessings and friendships. You do mean a lot to me and my family.
Be safe and have a great day.

27 comments:

MrsDub said...

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!! I better not arrive at the airport to pick you up and find that there are several other women waiting (unless they're friends and family). I'm sooooooo excited, and I will be the one jumping up and down and screaming when you walk through the gate!!!!!

Lois Grebowski said...

Blessings for a happy family reunion!

Miss Dub said...

We know I'll be the one to hold you back so you don't go flying outta there like your butt's on fire. I'll just be standing there, waiting, pacing, biting my already short fingernails, and when the gate opens and ya walk down the ramp, I'll get there first!!! Mwahahaha, lol, JK, but seriously, I'll get there first, I'm faster. Hehe, we'll bring your suit...

Mom at Home said...

glad you found a computer.We are all very very excited. All my customers are excited also, gee I wonder what we talk about now? You were generally the first thing they would ask about when they came in. Love MOM

David said...

Welcome home, Sarge. Make sure that you treat yourself to all the indulgences, particularly those related to chili, that only your great country can provide.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wonderful news, just wonderful. and your lovely family sounds so excited, makes me cry to think about it. be safe my friend on this, the last of your long journey...

smiles, bee

Sarge Charlie said...

you did it my friend, god speed on the trip home and enjoy every minute like it was you last. America gives you and your people a big hug and thanks you for your service, you made me safe, thanks....

fatwonkkid said...

I am guessing it is better to be in pseudo-quarantine in the US than it is to be healthy in Afganistan....

Sunni Kay said...

Welcome home Dub! I know that "HOME" home is still a few days away, but I bet you are just excited to be on US soil. I am glad you found the cyber cafe! My family and I had started to worry. We took a little comfort in knowing that only bad news travels fast. Thank you again to you and your family for making such big sacrifices for your country. All the best and lots of hugs for my family and I.

Travis said...

"Weekend Warrior" my ass. I have so much respect for Citizen Soldiers such as you Dub.

Welcome home. You deserve many hours of peace and quiet, catching up with your lovely wife and daughter, and working through that honey do list.

Peace to you Sir.

Dixiechick said...

WELCOME HOME!

Funny how they can get y'all over there so quick but takes forever to get ya out.

Hope your homecoming is all you expect and more!

Have a great weekend.

Kila said...

Wow, that's quite a trip. Buy any souvenirs in Iceland?

WELCOME BACK! THANK YOU!

Amazing Gracie said...

You have no idea how very priviledged I have felt to be just a tiny little part of your journey. Just being able to read your blog has been a blessing! I've learned a lot but just getting to learn a little about you, Mrs. Dub, Ms. Dub, Mom, and all the wonderful folks that love you so much, has filled my heart!
Have a wonderful reunion with your loved ones and know how very much our hearts are filled with gratitude to you all♥♥♥for all of your and your family's sacrifice!
~~~Blessings~~~

Desert Songbird said...

I'm with Miss Bee; I get all teary-eyed thinking of the reunion that's awaiting you on Sunday.

Thanks so much for all you have done and will do for our country, D. I'm thrilled you're safe on American soil and almost home.

Watch out for the rogue clothes lines when you get back to OKC...

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

Meowz to you in a welcome home from Miss Peach (Bee sent me:) In case you don't know I am a CAT of the feline type. I know that I can live free and safe knowing that you pay for those privileges each day....I always keep our service purrrrsonsin my purrrrayers.
Purrrs Miss Peach >(^,^)<

Flag Gazer said...

Hugs to the Dub family!!!
Welcome Home and Thank You!

Callie Ann said...

Ain't nothing better than being home with Family. Nothing, You probably forgot what your own bed feels like. I am so Happy for Mrs. Dub she is a wonderful woman. You make your country proud girl!

Mel's Mom said...

Congrats & Hugs!

Sarge Charlie said...

weekend warrior, yeah, asshole

Paul Champagne said...

Welcome home ... and many heartfelt thanks for your service to our country.

The Gamin said...

Welcome back to the great U S of A!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

ha ha, i see one of my cyber kittie friends was here!

WELCOME HOME DUB!!!!!

smiles, bee

just me said...

A happy homecoming to you!

Linda said...

Welcome home and as I write this all I can think is that you've got to be on the very last leg of your journey by now and that you can hardly contain the excitement at finally see Mrs. and Miss Dub again. Bet those hands on the clock have started to simply crawl ... ugh!

Glad to have you back - can't wait to start reading as you blog from Oklahoma and the only wire you're going to need to worry about is barbed!

chatrbx said...

WELOCME HOME! Hugs from the heart for you and your family for all the sacrafices and hard work done while serving your country....I couldn't be prouder or more grateful. Have a great time at the Cattelmen's. Been there and it's the best steak anywhere! My gosh I'm so excited for y'all I can hardly stand it!!

Ron Simpson said...

i will take the weekend warriors over most active pukes any day. From what I saw as a reservist, the guard and reserves are more adaptable and driven.

Comedy + said...

See what happens when you go boating for the weekend? You miss out on important travel information. I am so glad that you are back in the USA. I have been praying for all our active members of the military since we went there in the first place, but I prayed a bit harder for you. Well, it makes a difference when you get to know someone a bit. Stay safe, thank you for your service, and God bless. :)