Monday, April 14, 2008

Good News...

I just got this email in my offical army email system. I don't think I'm not allowed to post it, but then again, I haven't registered that I keep a blog anyway, so, if "the man" is watching, someone let me know to tell him. Anyway, here it is:
To Our Soldiers and Families,
Today, President Bush announced his decision to return to twelve-month deployments in the CENTCOM theater for active Army units. The President's decision reflects the improved security situation in Iraq – one made possible by your unwavering commitment and willingness to sacrifice – as well as the recognition of the impact of extended deployments on Army Families and our readiness. Today’s policy change will help reduce that strain as we continue to grow the Army and restore balance.

The Army will reduce “Boots On the Ground” time to no more than twelve months for all active component Soldiers deploying to the CENTCOM area of operations after 1 August 2008. Soldiers deploying prior to 1 August will complete their scheduled deployments.

The return to twelve-month deployments does not change the Army’s dwell time policy. This policy is intended to give units time to properly reset and allow Soldiers, Families, and friends to reconnect.

You have chosen a most noble profession. With your Families standing with you in support, you have borne the increased stress and burden of this war for our Army and our Nation. A grateful Army and Nation thank you.

Keneth O. Preston
George W. Casey, Jr.
Pete Geren

Mad props to civilian friends who know the three at the bottom even though I left their titles off...more mad props to anyone who knows which of the three I had breakfast with...and a special prize to anyone who knows what my reaction to said breakfast was. And, if anyone wants to go out and have a drink come mid-Nov '09 when I come home, let me know (sure, planning my return before I leave may be bad form, but why not?)


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