All of my stuff is gone. We’re leaving for the airport at 0500 tomorrow. Last night was the last time my wife and I would be at the Community Club with all of our friends and coworkers here. I couldn’t stay. I left the club at around 2130 (930PM) and came back to my hotel room and went to bed around an hour after that.
I hate goodbyes. Its different every time you have to PCS, but its usually never fun. I’ve only had two PCS moves where it wasn’t hard to say goodbye…when I left Ft. Campbell way back when…(I really hated it there. The unit sucked, the post sucked and we had the worst Commander and first sergeant in the place.), and when I left recruiting. Even then it was hard to say goodbye to the friends I had made.
I’m also a bundle of nerves right now. I can’t relax. I can’t eat, my stomach is full of acid. When I get anxious like this I get the “hershey squirts” so you can imagine how uncomfortable I am. I have to concentrate though, since I have to try and find a way to solve a few things. Here are some of the reasons that this PCS is difficult:
[li]**No one is picking us up at the Airport: **Nope, nada. I was told we’ll have to take a cab. It’ll be 1830 when the plane lands. We’re going to be tired, jet lagged and cranky. Also we’ll have our pets, so I’m pretty sure its going to a roller coaster of stress for everyone.[/li][li]I have to find a place for my cats once we get there.: This is going to be a huge problem. We’ve got a reservation at the lodge on the post, but no pets allowed in the room. So I have to hopefully find a local animal shelter online today or an off post hotel that allows pets. Either way that is probably going to cost an arm and a leg. Of course if this was like any other PCS move I’ve ever done, the unit would have assigned a sponsor to help make arrangements stateside so this concern wouldn’t be paramount. Hell, this place is remote, but I had a sponsor that arranged for pet friendly lodgings ahead of time until we found permanant housing. [/li][li]I don’t have any information on my gaining unit.: I don’t know what to expect, so naturally my mind keeps expecting the worst case scenario. Apparently I have to in process at the Replacement Battalion from monday to wednesday and then they’ll cut my final orders to the 4th psysops grp. Thats off putting enough, but I also have idea what Battalion or company I’ll be put in. whether they are currently deployed or not. Whether they actually have a slot for my MOS or not or whether I’ll be the “extra guy”. (Though I was told by my branch manager that my MOS is in critical need there, so maybe it won’t come to that. I’ve had a few people here tell me som encouraging things about it. But still, when you don’t get any info from the unit its hard not to think of the worst case. Thats really stressing me out. [/li][li]**Its looks like I’m not going to get any support from Ft. Bragg when I get there: ** With no unit support this next week is going to suck monkey balls. I have to find a place to live even if its temporary, for my wife and the cats. Since from what I’ve been told the in processing starts on monday I’ll have to wait a week. I’ll be on leave anyway, but still. The personnel guy here screwed me by turning in my DLA paperwork late…so I may not be reimbursed any time soon for the extra expenses. I also have very little idea on where I can go to get some guidance on this stuff. Yes, I know I can go to the ACS and Housing offices on post, but i am not sure if they will be able to realy help until I in process. [/li][li] Even if we work things out tomorrow after we land, tuesday is Election day. I’m not confident that I’ll be able to begin to get anything done.: This may be less of an issue than I thought. We’ll still be jet lagged. Of course that means the wife is going to extra cranky so either way its going to suck for me. geez, if John “We’ll stay in Iraq for 100 years” McCain wins it will probably have a big impact on any plans I may have to retire in a year. I might be stop lossed. I believe the tuesday after is a holiday too. I don’t know how it will affect my processing yet. [/li][/ol]
Those are just some of the things that have my stomach full of acid right now. I’m trying to think of positive things to cheer myself up, but I’m a pessimist at heart. Its not easy.
[li]We should at least be settled in a place to live by Thanksgiving. With any luck our car will arrive by then or the first week or december with the rest of our household goods.: Thats would really help. Even if things suck for me, it will be relieving to know that the wife and cats are housed properly. We’re used to having quiet Turkey days. [/li][li]**I could be worrying over nothing. It might the best unit I’ve ever been in. If i’m doing my MOS I should be happy there. **: I’ve been out of my MOS for awhile, but if I’m back in it, Thats a good thing. Of course it depends on the unit I guess. [/li][li]At the very least, being back in the US means I can enjoy some things I’ve missed in Europe. Fishing, the History Channel, and a decent internet connection. (Duetsch telekom did stink in that regard): I do miss that stuff. [/li][li]**Even in places I’ve hated I’ve usually managed to make some good friends. **: I hate leaving friends when we move, but I do look forward to making new ones. Even in the hellish tour of recruiting, I made a few friends that I have today. I hope my wife makes some new ones also, and finds a decent job there. She will surely be upset about the friends we’re leaving here. I hope she can make some new ones to help her adjust. [/li][li]if things go alright maybe I can look forward to retiring next year. [/li]: Its persoanl, but I’m just feeling my age and the time I’ve been in. I look forward to having a less stressful job, to stop moving every few years and you know, have a piece of the American dream myself. I can’t stay in forever. I just don’t think I’ll be happy if I am compelled to stay in longer than I want to.
Well, thats whats eating me right now. I have to go help the wife pack a few things. But this last day here is going to rough. I just want to be able to sit down and relax and then sleep…because tomorrow is going to be long and probably give me new grey hairs. Any dopers that can offer information or advice on anything, especially on Fayatteville or Ft. Bragg, Hey, every little bit helps.