Today I got a step closer to retirement.
No, my orders are still not correct and I am starting to despair of them ever being right. Never the less, what I had was good enough to turn in ALL of the field gear that I had in my duffel bags. Not just part of it, but all of it. Actually, the CIF guy was pleased. He said it was all in new or excellent shape and was going to be able to be re-issued.
That means that I no longer have Kevlar, IBA or a holster. This is all cool since I no longer have a weapon, having hand receipted it over to someone else today along with my pro-mask. Those last two items are the only items on my whole list which have to be returned to Ft Benning.
Any who – I was not able to avoid having a retirement award ceremony. Attended by members of the task force with a few extras from CJTF101, it was brief and over.
This means that I don’t have to do anything fancy at all when I get back to where ever. No parade, no cake, no sail, no nothing. It is wonderful!
Yes, I have 33+ years in the Army. My satisfaction comes from feeling like I have made a difference in the health care for those deployed in theater, take care of those I work with, and leave a positive legacy behind.