Deployments aren’t easy. You have the stress of being apart first and I can guarantee as soon as the departure day comes, all kinds of BS starts to happen like, the kitchen sinks falls out of the counter, the car water pump goes, dog has to go to the vet because he ate a piece of your gear as you were packing in the middle of the living room etc etc. Complete cluster……..
I handled it by setting up the spousel unit the best I could before I departed, had a couple plan B set up but when you get into country (for me Iraq & Afg) you have to somewhat separate yourself from your normal life and focusing on killing bad guys. Your fellow warriors depend on it. Frankly, somehow the spousel units (wives) at home while their warrior is deployed figure shit out and do a pretty damn good job. What other choice do they have?
It’s not easy and it’s a big shit storm when you come home from deployment where your spousel unit has been the problem fixer and you resume the man of the house role. Ya, it never goes well .
There were many times I was on a satellite phone in some shithole talking back home trying to reassure a little one everything was ok, or trying to fix an issue while describing how to do it 3,000 miles away. Then there is that god for saken list of shit the Mrs has for you to do because she couldn’t find time to knock out (7 months) while you were gone. Welcome to the deployment life. Time for a C-Gar
"The first mass departure of Fort Bragg soldiers to lead the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria took place today, with about 150 paratroopers deploying.
But amid the typical controlled chaos of a deployment at Fort Bragg's Green Ramp, officials said some of the most important players in the upcoming fight weren't in uniform. Read more here
The families – spouses, children, parents and others – of the deploying troops are vital in the coming fight, said Lt. Col. Douglas Gibson, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 18th Airborne Corps."