Sunday, November 1, 2009

November is here...

Wow, time has really flown by. It's hard to believe that we're in November already. It is a relief, to say the least. Our replacements are scheduled to arrive here soon.

But until they arrive, the beat goes on. When the replacements do get here though, we will begin what is called right seat/left seat training to make sure they have a good understanding of the overall mission.

My hope is that the transition goes smoothly and everyone gets trained up on their responsibities. Then, Soldiers from our unit will be able to get back to their families and civilian life.

The new unit will then carry forth their own legacy of a Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) in Baghdad.

Like the acronym of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), M*P*A*D also has 4 letters, one 'M' and one 'A'. Will one of our Soldiers write the novel of Army journalists, which becomes a movie and sitcom? We certainly have a talented crew of writers, including the broadcasters, who don't usually get a lot of credit for their writing skills. Surely, one of them could pull it off.

I can say this. It won't be me. Once I leave here, I want to get right back to my family and concentrate on goals I have set for my personal and professional life. Army life will be put on the back burner.

I miss being home. But, it's not too much longer.