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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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My baby boy (yeah he is 36, but still my baby) is leaving for Afganistan this Saturday morning. We have been going to Nashville on weekends this month to spend as much time with him as possible. The last two weekends my other children have met all of us at two different restaurants for family time and good food. Nathan doesn't want any tears and so I only cry out of sight. Everyone says they thought we were pulling troops out of Afganistan. Nathan said everyone at his church and his friends thought the same thing. Guess no one knows what goes on unless you have someone in the military. Nathan is in the Airforce National Guard. When he joined the Guard about 17 years ago, he never envisioned having to go to war. He thought that everything he did would be in the State of Tennessee. then 911 happened and our worlds changed forever. He hauled fuel all over that country and only one of his company was killed. He wouldn't get out when he came home because he said that if another terror attack came, he wouldn't be able to look his children in the eye. Now he has been told to go to Afganistan. I don't worry so much about him being shot as he is no longer in a combat unit. I do worry about the IEDs that are planted all over that country. The numbers of wounded are hard to come by. And it seems that most are maimed from the bombs. Anyway I ask that you put him on your church's prayer list if they have one for soldier. Seems most do. Thank you in advance.

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Best of luck to Nathan, Lucile. I wish him a safe tour of duty.
My nephew is in the Air Force. He's not in a combat unit but an officer in an intelligence unit. They decipher documents, cell phone data, computer data, and other records captured from enemy forces. He was stationed in England but signed up to go to Afghanistan because he felt it was his duty to do so. He's been there since August. Scary but interesting to hear the few stories he tells. He said that the base goes dark at night and the sky is just brililant with stars.


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Your son is a wonderful and honorable man. I am sending him a thank you for his service and a prayer to return safely. You deserve a huge hug for creating such a terrific person.


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I was in the Air Force, many, many years ago. Here's a huge thank you to your son for keeping us safe!

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I wish him a safe and quick return from Afghanistan. That has to be hard.

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Lucile, I will keep him in my thoughts. Here is to a fast and safe return!


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what a beautiful family you have, what a handsome, honorable, brave soldier you have raised. I will be praying for your son as well as for peace and comfort as he is gone for you and your daughter in law. Do they have children?? How long will he be gone?

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Will do! I live in a very military supportive place and have the upmost respect for those who serve. You must be very proud

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Lucille, bless your son & I will keep him in my prayers. My youngest (22) is in the Army National Guard here in Jersey. I pray that his unit stays stateside but you just never know. As a Mom it is a very frightening and stressful thing, but also a VERY PROUD feeling to have a child who serves his country!
Best of luck to Nathan!

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My thoughts and prayers are with your son and his entire family, as well as his unit. I raised two step sons that served in Navy, the youngest and first in military was in the first operation desert storm he was Navy on the Tarora with on board Marines. They would take the boat as close to land as possible. He saw the burning of the wells and the sea arround them on fire. I Will never forget the night he called at 3:00 a.m to tell us hello and then Oh _ _ _ _ scud attack and left the phone dangling. He was fine I was a nervous wreck. So I have great empathy for you. He will be fine -- he will hava lot of hav love going his way. Linda

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