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OT: The exodus

April 15 2017 at 6:32 AM

Josh  (Login Althaur)
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Hello everyone! I'm sitting in Kuwait this morning. Of course, I'm welcomed with high winds and a bunch of sand blowing around. It was gorgeous when I first arrived this morning. Got checked in to billeting, showered and walked out for breakfast and coffee. Bam! Sand blasted and in need of another shower already. I hat the desert.

This was probably the most rewarding, yet toughest deployment in 29 years. I worked with some real professionals doing some great, game-changing work. I was in awe of how much my team did even when I was throwing more at them. It was also the toughest because of missing so much time with my wife and our daughter who was less than a year old. Skype is a miracle though! I got to see both of them almost every day.

I'm sitting here cooling my heels for several days. I hate the boredom, but it gives me time to catch up on my reading.

Thanks to so many of you here who emailed, texted, and wrote to say hi. That meant and means a lot to me. I hope to thank each of you in person in PA. And thank you to everyone who took the time to send me care packages. Those were wonderful and enjoyed by the whole team. I think the state of NY may have a beef jerky shortage for years thanks to Panerik. wink.gif

I can't wait to see so many of you next month. I'm looking forward to the laughs. Take care!


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(Login jrdiandrea)

Glad your on your way

April 15 2017, 1:43 PM 

I enjoyed experiencing your past year through your posts here and on facebook. From first meeting you at the Cleveland GTG just before your deployment and soon catching back up with you in Phila......it's great to hear of your appreciation for the experience but I'm most glad to know you are safely returning home to your family. Thank you, Josh, for your service. But now it's time for you. You and your family!

I look forward to seeing you soon.


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(Login panerik)

Congrats and thank you...

April 15 2017, 2:03 PM 

...for your heroic service and the sacrafice that you and your family has made...I am glad that I was able to support you in some small way. We are thrilled that you will be home soon, and can't wait to see you in May!!

I already see people eating beefjerky on the streets of NY again!!!

So happy for you and your family, Josh...
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(Login fullcourt1)

travel home safe brother....thank you for your service, cya soon

April 15 2017, 3:07 PM 


just living the dream
chicago, usa
'more than just a watch'....

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(Login FLS2K)

Thank you, and see you soon! 👍🏻👍🏻

April 15 2017, 4:11 PM 

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(Login Gorilla_Wrists)

Thank you and stay safe

April 15 2017, 4:22 PM 

And safe travels home!

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(Login sassiekiwi)

Well done!

April 16 2017, 11:53 AM 

Hey Josh

Have never met you but have followed your posts and am so glad you are safe and sound and on the way back to your family. Thanks for serving and enjoy the days ahead.

Peace to you.


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Mike Aeromat209
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This is GR8T News !

April 17 2017, 3:47 AM 

Best wishing you a safe and fast trip Home !! Hope to see you soon we'll Have a cold one!
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Peter Fruehling
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Thanks for all you do, Josh! Travel safe and keep us posted on your return.

April 17 2017, 1:29 PM 

...wish I could make it over to the GTG next month. Take plenty of pics!
- Peter

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