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  1. I can now truly identify (after my 2009-2010 year away from home).

    I did not complain about shoveling ice or snow or commuting (in my comfy, unarmoured POV) or any of the myriad annoyances that we kvetch about when in our civilized environments. We are so fortunate to be living in western civilization. Our countrymen who have not served or deployed really don’t know how blessed we are.

    Your comment about walking on rocks hit close to home – I damaged menisci in both knees from doing that (and that was in Kuwait, not humping a ruck in Afghanistan!).

    I wish you peace and all good things.

  2. I’m so pleased that you are home safe & sound after your deployment. It must feel very strange – not just being back in Germany and stepping into another world, but being on the brink of retirement.

    I have really appreciated your daily e-mails during your deployment. They served to keep me in touch with what so many people are doing out there. It would have been easy to get out of touch, sitting in a warm comfortable office in Edinburgh. There was such a mixture of experiences and emotions (for the reader as well as no doubt for the writer) – the obvious camaraderie, your chillingly calm account of coming under IDF, the account of the blankets covering the casualties that very nearly moved me to tears, your amazing patience with the frustrations of waiting for flights and your ability to do without sleep – I could go on. Thank you for sharing it all, and I’m so glad you’re safe.

  3. It is the little things that make all the difference!
    Those bring the unexpected joys! 🙂
    Take care and be well.

  4. Good morning and, again, welcome home! Breathing a great sign of relief that you are now safe and back home with your family.

  5. But getting used to civilization again can have its drawbacks as well. Nonetheless, as your family must be we’re grateful to have you back.

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