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Thread: son-in-law going to Afghanistan

  1. #1
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas

    son-in-law going to Afghanistan

    Our son-in-law, an Air Force Staff Sergeant, has been at (Army) Ft. Riley in Kansas for almost two months getting combat and other training prior to deployment to Afghanistan. He still has more than a months training to go before he leaves. He got a four day pass and his father drove there to pick him up and bring back to Arkansas. We had him for dinner last night and had a great visit. I am very pleased and proud of his attitude and equally pleased that both he and our daughter choose well for their life mates.
    He has already had tours in Iraq and Kuwait (140 degree daytime temps ). Both times he came back with a boatload of awards and commendations. This tour will be different though. The Air Force is expected to perform patrol and protective service for their base. Meaning, even though his job is something technical, he will now also be a combat soldier. Understandably, we aren't thrilled about that. I gave him a knife, and Arkansas whetstone, to take along for the 'just in case' situation. It is a standard K-Bar Marine knife. But, this one was used in the Pacific theatre in WWII by a family friend and given to me when I was just a small kid. According to the friend, it was used in hand to hand combat against the Japanese. (I know the details but they are not important for here.) I have had this knife for more than 60 years. Now Andrew has it. The sheath is dry and crumbly, I'll buy a new style nylon one to send to him for actual use. When he returns, I'll make a shadow box display for it. We are praying he won't have to get Taliban blood on it and will return home unscathed.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Frank, he is in my prayers for sure. Great gift you gave him as well. As you said, let's hope it does not get used for its intended purpose. Wish him well.
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  3. #3
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Frank, thoughts and prayers sent Andrew's way, and I hope he gets bored just sharpening that knife.

    My buddy Don is headed for the sandbox too, Iraq, he is DoD former military, he works for DRMO. He gets to wander around the sandbox and decide what gets reused, sold to the locals, or sold as scrap.

    He will spend six months over there, his wife and kids are here in Japan.

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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Frank - your post is dripping with pride, as well it should be.
    Prayers and best wishes!
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  5. #5
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    Jan 2007
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Frank, Andrew will be in my prayers, as well as all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines serving in places of danger.

    Your pride shows through in your post!
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  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    he has my support frank, and you have it as well!
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  7. #7
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    100% behind you and your SIL.

    You have a right to be proud.
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  8. #8
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    Jan 2007
    Consider this another vote of confidence for your S.I.L. and best wishes and hopes for his safe return.



  9. #9
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    I thank him for his service Gods speed on his safe return


  10. #10
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Ditto what all the others have said. All the best (and thanks) to your son-in-law.
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