Monday, January 2, 2017

Operation Enduring Freedom - The Horn of Africa

Jared and Jordan are being deployed tomorrow. January 1st 2017. We celebrated New Year's Eve first at Nanny and Poppa's house with a farewell dinner for them. Then we headed to the Old Bank for drinks. Happy New Year!
The next morning Jared and the rest of us headed to Malvern, Arkansas and Jordan headed to Mena, Arkansas. Jared's mom, dad, and stepmom stayed with Jared for a couple of hours. Then they had to head across state to Jordan's ceremony.
From the National Guard website... Soldiers from Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion of the 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, said farewell to their families and friends today after a deployment ceremony held at the high school football field in Malvern, Arkansas. Approximately 700 Soldiers from the 1-153rd Infantry Regiment left the state of Arkansas. They will conduct a short period of training in Ft. Bliss, Texas, before they deploy to the Horn of Africa to support operations, exercises and security cooperation programs under U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).
We were fed pizza while we were there. Lots of sitting around and waiting.
Finally the buses arrived, four of them, and all the bags were loaded up. We had to say our final goodbyes.
Big longer bye for Sahara and Jared. There were some tears.

We watched as he got on the bus and took his seat. They were served boxed Subway dinners and ate them there on the spot. They got a couple of goodie bags with snacks and treats for the road. And then they were off. We're expecting to see him back again somewhere around Canyon's 19th birthday. It seems like so far away hopefully the time will go by fast. Safe travels Jared. We will miss you!!

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