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A Time to Give Thanks

During my time in the Army, I spent a lot of time away from my family and missed a lot of holidays; Easter, Halloween, Christmas,Thanksgiving, and not to mention birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings.

Thanksgiving was one of those holidays that I really had a hard time with while deployed. Don't get me wrong, the military does a phenomenal job trying to recreate the holiday atmosphere with all of the trimmings and decorations, but it's just not quite the same. My first deployment to Egypt was only a couple of months and luckily it didn't fall over any holidays. We actually redeployed back to Fort Lewis on Thanksgiving Day and I got home just in time to sit down with the family. But because of jet lag, I slept instead. :(

On my other deployments, I wasn't fortunate enough to make it home for the holidays.

On the next puddle jump, I was deployed a stones throw from the Florida coast where I found myself in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for 6 months starting in the summer of 2002…