On to the topic of work... I recently got the news that I have to trade in this beach for a much dustier, dryer and hotter "beach" somewhere in southwest Asia. In all honesty I'm not terribly surprised, because of my situation. I've had two deployments' experience in this other program (that I'm going back to). Even so that program was supposed to be built up on its own and not need to "borrow" people from my job to do that job anymore. But, since I'm experienced on that plane and still in training for this new (to me) plane, I am the most logical choice to send. Sucks though, because the first time I deployed with the program (Project Liberty) I had a bad time. I didn't like the deployment AT ALL! I never wanted to go back. Of course as soon as I got back from that first trip out I tried to get a different assignment or anything else that would keep me from having to go back. Well, obviously that didn't work as I said I've done two deployments with the program. Fortunately though the second time wasn't nearly as bad as the first and I didn't hate every minute of my time there. Also, as far as deployments go this one shouldn't be too bad because the plan is for me to only do half the standard time. I'm sure it will be easier to handle the shorter time, though my family situation will be tougher. The last two times I deployed my wife took the kids back to Ohio to be with family for some of the time. However, because we're now in Japan that's probably not going to be an option. The only way that would work out is if they can get on a military flight back to the U.S., but those are difficult (read: impossible) to plan and not convenient or comfortable at all.
I don't know how much I'll get to blog while I'm gone, or it might be that I have way too much time on my hands and I'll be writing all the time. I don't really know. The last two times I went out I had different experiences both times. The first time I was incredibly bored all the time but I didn't have internet service readily available. The second time I kept myself busy with working out and calling/texting home every night because the internet was easily accessible. We'll just have to wait and see.
|I'm going to miss them!|