MIL Army son's deployment is over! :run:

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  1. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    He was on the first of two flights to arrive early Friday morning. I got to Ft. Stewart at about 11pm Thursday night. I stopped at the visitors center to get a pass for my vehicle, but after they verified that I was a relative of a returning soldier they waved me through. The guard at the gate was the most beautiful female soldier I have ever seen in person. I so wanted to take her picture...but I didn't. :wiggle: (ibsecuritybreach)

    I pulled in to the parking lot at the parade field, and was met by a young soldier. He looked nervous and fidgety as hell. I decided to cut him some slack and asked "Am I supposed to park somewhere else?" A relieved look broke out on his face and he directed me to park across the street, because "this is where the Generals park". :fawk:

    I was probably the 3rd or 4th car that showed up, and rumor had it that they wouldn't arrive until some time after 2am. So I got out and walked around. The parade field was surrounded by an honor walk with trees and markers on each side. Each tree represented a fallen soldier. There were a lot of trees.

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    Each memorial looked similar to this one, with individual family items and momentos:
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    Here's a brief .mov of the pre-crowd scene. Very dark and lonely. Not much to see. Probably shouldn't click: http://www.certifiedcomputing.com/john/johnpics/1130pm.mov

    After a while, families and relatives started filtering in to the bleachers. The temp was about 30F. Babies were all layered under several blankets. There was one girl that was dressed VERY sexy, no coat, nothing but a tight blouse and a skirt. And two obviously painful nipples. :hsugh: No pics of her. :fawk:
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    Around 2am, we could hear sirens in the distance. The crowd got extremely quiet, and then all hell broke loose: http://www.certifiedcomputing.com/john/johnpics/incoming!.mov

    The busses drove around to a parking area behind a stand of tall cedar trees (beyond the view of the bleachers). The commander of the Rear Detachment stood at attention, facing the trees across the field. Then we could see movement in the darkness at the far end of the field. Soldiers, marching together through the trees toward the reviewing stands where we were: http://www.certifiedcomputing.com/john/johnpics/out%20of%20the%20darkness.mov

    They came to a halt in front of the stands. But the front/left position was empty:
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    Then someone in civilian clothes was helped on to the field and escorted to the empty position in the ranks. He was a 3rd ID member that had lost a leg during the deployment. He wanted to stand with his unit when it returned.
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    The Company stood at attention for the Star Spangled Banner, and then sang the Army song and Gary Owen (3rd ID stuff). I recorded the SSB: http://www.certifiedcomputing.com/john/johnpics/star%20spangled%20banner.mov

    Then the Rear Detachment Commander gave about a 30 second speach, and dismissed the troops. And of course, pandemonium ensued: http://www.certifiedcomputing.com/john/johnpics/dismissed.mov

    I found John, and stopped taking pics. Too much personal stuff followed to write about. It was a good night for all.
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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Congrats! :bigthumb:
     
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    no airborne/infantry no care
     
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    I'm glad your son's back! Very happy that he made it safe. Even the welcoming ceremony looked cooler than mine.
     
  6. aftershock-

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    glad hes back!
     
  7. spyder007

    spyder007 Bаnned bу Ѕuреr Μоdеrаtоrs

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    :coold: It's been a happysad month for you.

    My brother ETS is march of 06, but with loss stop, he'll be in till 07 :hs:
     
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    God damnit. For some reason out of the darkness won't play for me. All the rest play fine. The first one made my heartbeat quicken and I got goosebumps. Like I was there. Very cool.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     
  9. SweetDaddyO

    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    awesome. tell that soldier welcome home and job well done. we're all thankful and safer for his service.
     
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    Congrats on ur boy bein home Ranger :highfive:, how long is he guaranteed to be able tp stay home ?
     
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    That's awesome Ranger.
    :bigthumb:

    Glad he's home.
     
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    :hs: i helped build that walkway with the trees a few years ago
     
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    Army mentality......they are dressed to fight until the day they stand down......

    Glad he made it home in one piece Ranger-AO.....
     
  15. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Crap. Out of the darkness was the best one! :mad:

    You and me both. :hs:

    Done x11tybillion :run:

    He'll probably be stateside for around 10 months, until the next deployment. Rumor has it that the 3ID will convert to light infantry and deploy to Afghanistan. But more rumor has it that they will go back to Iraq. So your guess is as good as mine. :hsugh:

    Excellent job. There were a lot of them around the parade field. :wtc:
     
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    glad to hear he's back :hs:
     
  17. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I got dirt from iraq/kuwait in my back seat now. :eek3:
     
  18. bloodred83

    bloodred83 im in ur cost gard, savin' ur boatz

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    Good stuff Ranger. You must be very proud of your boy, eh? /salute and tell him welcome home from Teh Barracks crew!
     
  19. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Probably need to right-click/save-as. It's a slow download and large video files. :hsd:
     
  20. BobG

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    Ranger, you might wanna look at something like www.yousendit.com for hosting if speed is a concern. Downside is they're only available for 7 days.
     

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