Archives for the ‘Pre-Deployment’ Category

Tick Tock

By • May 24th, 2010 • Category: Pre-Deployment

One of the hardest parts of deployment (okay… there are a lot of hard parts), is waiting for my husband to deploy. You get the dates and as they get closer that is all you can think about. This is the last time we’ll go to dinner, this is the last time we will be […]

Recognizing Service Members in Public

By • Mar 22nd, 2010 • Category: Passing the Time, Pre-Deployment, R & R

Recently, while on a short vacation from my job as a Marine infantry company commander, I took a plane from Atlanta to Las Vegas. As always, I saw numerous soldiers and airmen in the terminals, traveling in their camouflage uniforms and no doubt on their way to a new duty station or a military school […]

The Uncertainly of Deployment

By • Feb 17th, 2010 • Category: Pre-Deployment

There is so much uncertainty surrounding deployment. As we near our 6th deployment, the unanswered questions are already starting to wear on me. What day is he leaving? What holidays, birthdays, weddings and other special events will he miss? How will I survive this deployment? How will he survive this deployment? Will we be able […]

8 Tips for Preparing for Deployment

By • Jan 25th, 2010 • Category: Pre-Deployment

In between the emotional ups and downs of preparing for deployment, you have to ensure you have everything you need to take care of finances, the house, cars, etc. while your spouse is gone. You have to keep in mind that while you might have pretty regular communication with him or her when your spouse […]

Coming to Terms with the Next Deployment

By • Jan 12th, 2010 • Category: Pre-Deployment, Uncategorized

The good news is we made it through the holidays without having to dodge too many questions about my husband’s next deployment. A few family members and friends asked, but we just told them that we aren’t talking about it right now. We are focusing on just enjoying the holidays with Mike home. I knew […]

Prepare for the Seasons of Deployment

By • Jan 11th, 2010 • Category: Civilian Support, Passing the Time, Pre-Deployment, Relationships

This is part of a post ont he cycles of going through a deployment, from military wife Shannon. She blogs here. If you have been through a deployment, you know one is not the same as the next. It’s almost like being pregnant and giving birth. While the overall situation is the same, 9 months […]

Please! No Deployment Talk This Christmas!

By • Dec 21st, 2009 • Category: Pre-Deployment

Dear Santa: Thank you for bringing my husband home right before Christmas. It is the best Christmas present I could ask for this year. Since my husband and I got engaged in December 2004, we have only been able to spend 2 Christmases together so this will definitely be a special holiday for us! However, […]

Will My Husband be 1 of the 30,000 Troops?

By • Dec 3rd, 2009 • Category: Pre-Deployment

It is certainly hard to hear the news that the U.S. will be sending 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. I understand the troops already there are spread thin and need the support, but I still don’t want my husband to go. While he is still currently deployed and I’m sure has no idea if his battalion […]

Nothing Could Stop This Day From Coming…

By • Nov 18th, 2009 • Category: Parenting, Pre-Deployment, Relationships

Here is a post from Michelle, who is sending her husband, Dave – an Air Force JAG officer – off to Afghnaistan. You can read her blog here. In the past 8 days, there has been a promotion, a diagnosis of developmental disorder, an ear infection, military paperwork, and Hurricane Ida, but nothing could stop this […]

Communicate What You Want to Know During Deployment

By • Nov 2nd, 2009 • Category: Communication, Pre-Deployment

To be honest, I never even thought about what I want to know and don’t want to know when my husband is deployed. It never even occurred to us to have this discussion. I just assumed my husband was telling me everything because to be honest I cannot handle the truth when he is in […]

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