So I'm sitting here getting ready to board a plane in about 6 hours to begin my journey out of Afghanistan after receiving perhaps the best Christmas present I've ever gotten.
I got to Afghanistan in April and selected January as my R&R. The rationale at the time was that "if I make it to R&R, my deployment would be basically over when I got back". Well tonight, I was pleasantly suprised and shocked to find out that when I leave Afghanistan it will be to come home to Hawaii after R&R due to force reduction measures.
Never thought I would be so happy to be referred to as "non-essential personnel"
And to top it off, I'm heading straight from Afghanistan to my favorite place in the world. Vegas baby, Vegas.
Side Note: If you see a guy in a white cap with a Multi-Cam backpack playing Aria, Venetian, Bellagio, or Wynn from 31DEC - 7JAN. That's me, feel free to say hi
I am way late to this post, but it seems well deserved and thanks for your services. You remind me of a person I met the last time I was in Vegas. I was sitting at a table with a Marine who was leaving on his tour in 2 days. He was overall playing bad and donating his money and didn't look to be having fun. I pulled him away from the tables (at about midnight or so) and we drank the night away on my winnings. If you ever make it to WI the beer is on me. Congrats on the return and I do hope the trip was awesome!