He’s actually been home for a while. I’ve been meaning to post this update on his doings (and also to ask NinetyWt about her boy), but I’ve been too busy (or lazy) to get to it as quickly as I should have.
As some of you may remember, my son, Nick, has been in the Navy for several years. He is a Hospital Corpsman who works with the Marine Corps as a field medic. In January, he left on a 6 month deployment. Although I am a Navy brat myself, and a Navy veteran, and a former navy spouse, I was apprehensive because we did not know at the beginning of the deployment exactly where Nick would end up. NinetyWt’s son left at about the same time – he is a Marine and was definately on his way to Iraq. She and I commiserated with each other in a thread she started when her son shipped out.
As it turns out, Nick never got any closer to Iraq than the border of Kuwait. He visited 10 countries. Among other things, his unit participated in a major medical humanitarian mission in Kenya – they set up camp and treated over 300 local villagers, many of whom had never had any formal medical treatment in their lives. Liberty ports he visited included France (Toulan & Marseilles), Sicily (where, coincidentally, he was conceived 21 years ago when my husband and I were stationed there), and Turkey (where he bought my husband a Huglu 12-gauge over and under shotgun). He had two minor injuries – the first when a shipboard hatch fell on his shoulder and he was in a sling for several weeks. Later, during a windstorm in Bahrain, a (big – 30 x30) tent collapsed on him. Everyone else got out of the tent before it fell, but Nick didn’t wak up until the tent fell on him! He only got bruises from that adventure.
I was going to post a picture of him in the earlier thread, but I only had his Boot Camp picture in uniform and he hates it. As do most people – I know I hated my own Boot Camp picture and I wouldn’t have wanted my mother to publicize it! Anyway, I had him take a new photo last month and here it is. Handsome guy, isn’t he?
Thanks to all of you for all the distractions during the last few months – I really do appreciate it.
NinetyWt – is your boy back yet? Nick tells me that Marine deployments are frequently longer than Navy ones, but he ought to be getting back soon, if he isn’t back already. Can you give us an update?