Ok so earlier this year we got word that Tyler was going to be deploying to Kosovo in Sept 2010, it then got moved to April 2010. Since we got word that it was going to be April and not Sept we have been making the most of our family time. We all knew that yes there was a chance it could get pushed back, but we also knew it could get pushed up again. In July we got the word that the Kosovo deployment was pushed back to Dec 2010, but it was subject to change depending on the list. This list would let us know which MOS's they needed and how many and the mission plan. It was a lot to wrap my mind around. I mean Charlie is finally old enough to know that Tyler is home and understand what that means. He knows that this is Tyler's job and he respects that and loves him for it.
Well this weekend was our big ARMS inspection and yesterday we got the word that deployment plans were changing. That those who DO NOT get picked for the Kosovo deployment will be going to Afghanistan instead. WOW. Tyler then got pulled aside and was told that due to his time of service and amount of experience he has that he is a prime candidate for the Afghanistan deployment and that it was possible that he will be taken off of the list for Kosovo so he can be utilized better somewhere else.
You want to talk about a hard pill to swallow, well there it is. I have been preparing for Kosovo for 10 months, a peace mission, a year. Now I have to sit on pins and needles to find out if they will truely send him to Afghanistan for 18 months!
I won't dare tell Charlie of this change until they come down and tell Tyler, DO NOT plan on going to Kosovo because you are going to Afghanistan. Charlie understands to the best of his ability what it would mean for Tyler to go to war. We always talk to him about these things because of the chance that Tyler had to leave with short or no notice. He understands that there will be times where we won't be able to talk to him for days or weeks.
I just remember that at least he is lucky to be in school now because that will help keep his mind busy and help with the time passing a little faster.
Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers