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Old 12-30-2003, 09:35 PM   #91
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My husband is SFC Garret Spencer, serving in Iraq with HHS 5/3 FA (Army). They are part of the 17th Bridage based in Balad, Iraq. He has been in Iraq since April. We are planning a trip to Disneyworld when he returns, probably May. Does anyone know if they will be doing another special promotion for military next year? Any information would be appreciated. God Bless!
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Old 02-09-2004, 04:13 PM   #92
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Just found out last night that DH will most likely be deployed to Afghanistan for a year, but not until *next* February. He will be gone a total of 18 months (5-6 months training in Texas, then to Afghanistan). I am grateful it isn't Iraq, but we have two little boys who are quite enamored with Daddy....it will be tough to have him gone for so long...our boys are 2 1/2 and 6 right now.
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Old 02-09-2004, 07:16 PM   #93
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My husband, Doug, has been gone with his Army National Guard unit for a month now (at Ft. Dix, NJ). They are leaving for Iraq next week (2/18). We have 2 children, DS 4 and DD 6. DD is definitely a daddy's girl and seems more affected than her brother. Doug will also be gone for up to 18 months (and 1 already seems like forever).

Our yearly family vacation is usually Florida for a couple days (Universal) to a week and then a cruise. This year I asked the kids what they wanted to do - of course they wanted to go on a cruise. I suggested Disney World instead and they decided to try that. We are now counting down to our April trip to DW. I've got another vacation scheduled for July then in Sept. school starts (DS will be in kindergarten) - so, I'm trying to schedule things that we can count our days to look foward to, instead of just counting how long we've been missing daddy. So far the bribery seems to be helping - but 18 months is a very long time to a 4yo and 6yo.

My thoughts are with all the other families faced with similar difficult situations. Hopefully we'll be lucky and have our loved one return safely.
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Old 02-10-2004, 08:18 AM   #94
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Dear stacieps,

My husband Brian is on of the guys that your husband at Fort Dix, NJ has to see or get trained by, before he goes,. Brian has been doing it for a year now all over the United States.

My boys 9 and 5 have gone threw some rough times. Brian will be done June 30. The boys and I can't wait.

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Old 02-20-2004, 10:54 AM   #95
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My hubby is a Marine and was gone for 10months with the 24th MEU. He is getting ready to leave again in the next few months. Our daughter is 6. The kids will do great. She does better than I do in the beginning. She has her moments, but most of the time she understands that Daddy is keeping us safe and that it is his job. Military children are so flexible and understanding. My daughter and her friends always amaze me. I just make sure to answer all her questions as honestly as I can. She understands the danger too. As much as a 6 year old can. I think honesty is the best policy all the way around.

Planning the trips is a great idea. We do that too. As you can see, we are going in December while he is gone. He isn't a huge Disney fan so he doesn't mind.

Just remember that you can do or take care of anything!! Military spouses are a rare breed!
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Old 02-24-2004, 12:23 PM   #96
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My best friends father has headed out to Kuwait. He is a reserve at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He is expected be back March of 2005 but we are all hoping that it is sooner but safely.
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Old 02-24-2004, 01:01 PM   #97
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My husband, David, Navy Captain with Central Command, deployed since Thanksgiving in the "sand box". Camped at FW for turkey day the day before he left with our 4 kids. Miss him a ton.

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Old 02-28-2004, 03:40 PM   #98
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Well my boyfriend left on Wednesday for 6-8 months. Hes a Navy Doc with a Marine Helo Unit doing CASEVAC's...hes not in the box yet but VERY close...I miss him terribly!!

Heres his blog Doc in the Box and his fotopage
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Old 03-07-2004, 10:14 AM   #99
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My husband Dan, who is a Staff Sgt in the IL Army National Guard has been deployed since early Feb '03---in Kuwait since 4/03 and due back 4/04 if not delayed again (twice already). God Bless all of our servicemen and women whatever branch they serve. My prayers especially to the 1244th TC ILARNG---come home soon--you are sorely missed!!!


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Old 03-10-2004, 08:31 AM   #100
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My brother was overseas during the heat of Operation Iraqi Freedom on one of the ships.

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Old 03-12-2004, 05:08 PM   #101
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Hey guys -

My husband is on the USS Pinckney, which, if you have seen the news today, suffered a few losses as a result of a bus crash in South Carolina, while on the way to a wreath-laying ceremony at Mr. Pinckney's grave. Please keep these families in your prayers.
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Old 04-02-2004, 12:26 PM   #102
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I hope it is ok to post this here..My brother's best friend went to Texas to begin his training....keeping all military in my prayers

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Old 04-10-2004, 08:35 AM   #103
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Just a note to pray for my son Cpl Joshua Heidecker, USMC. He has not been in Afghanistan or Iraq, but is deployed aboard Navy ships for protection, etc. He had just returned, but says he will be deployed again soon. They are also talking about extending their deployment time.
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Old 04-13-2004, 05:36 PM   #104
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A good friend just returned from the Middle East. He has been deployed 3 times in the last 2 1/2 years. I am so happy he is back in the U.S. and safe. He is in the Air Force.

I continue to support all of our troops and wish them the best. Thank you, troops, for all you have done.
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Old 04-14-2004, 08:10 AM   #105
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prayers please for our young friend Kyle (aka Fred) -- he's in Iraq -- just lost his dad 3 months ago. He's a good kid to have this heavy a burden starting out. (prayers please for his mom Deb, too) Thanks. Coleen
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