Well, it's been two months and I'm now back at Fort Dix, NJ, sitting in roughly the same spot I was in when they told me to go home and tend to my "medical issue." Having done so, I have returned to resume my mobilization training for the deployment to Afghanistan. Although my unit has already been in Kandahar for over a month, just recently they joined up with the unit we will be supporting, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. So, I'm not going to be too far behind them.
At present, I'm still not sure how much training I have left to complete before I can leave, and I won't get scheduled for a flight until I'm done with training. As a result, I'm probably going to be here for a couple of weeks. If any of you think this is a very short time period, you've obviously never been to Ft. Dix. It's a pretty miserable place to be and zombies have more of a bubbly personality than some of the people that work here!
Although I enjoyed practically every moment that I was away from here, it's kind of good to be back. Certainly not because I'm away from my family; rather, it represents a milestone in my Army career. As many of you already know, my 8-year military service obligation expires this October, and I've vowed to get out of the Army upon returning from this deployment. So, I guess you could say this is the beginning of the end for me. While I am one step closer to going to Afghanistan, I'm also one step closer to getting out of the Army, and right now that's the only good thing about being back at Ft. Dix!