Sunday, May 2, 2010

End in Sight

2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division will be deploying next month, and until then, the unit will be on block leave and doing preparations to leave. They have a standing tradition that every officer and upper non-commissioned officer gets "hailed and farewelled" when they come in and leave the unit with a nice dinner and presentations. Jesse was "hailed" over in Iraq so I didn't get to be there for that. This past week, they went ahead and "farewelled" Jesse from the unit since he is not deploying. The new Squadron Commander, LTC McFadyen, talked about how much of an asset Jesse has been for them and he didn't even realize that Jesse was an Ordnance Officer doing a job that is normally done by an Armor officer. He tried talking Jesse out of getting out the Army, but he knows that Jesse has a plan and somewhere to go. Jesse got his colors which is a framed flag of the unit he was in and it is super nice - a great memory to put on his office wall at our new house! He got to encourage all the guys that are going on the deployment and thank the people that had taught him a lot over the last 3 1/2 years. It's weird that he doesn't get out of the Army for another 4 months, but it was a nice tribute to him with the end of his time in the Army in sight - kind of bittersweet!

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