Got an Email from InfantrySon

January 20th, 2009 by InfantryMom

He’s apparently over his cold (finally) but now has an endless sore throat, courtesy of the dryness of the middle east.

Says he’s not been able to do much “infantry stuff” yet and that knowing that might make me happy – and it does … sorta.

His first box is on its way from me and the 2nd one almost filled. Hopefully they’ll get there before too long.

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I finally got an address!

January 1st, 2009 by InfantryMom

YAY – the lovely FRG has sent me the address for InfantrySon’s platoon (now in Iraq) so I can get his box taped up and off to him!!!

I’m happy!

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Some early morning news

October 11th, 2008 by InfantryMom

InfantrySon called today and InfantryBrother managed to answer the phone before we could hear it upstairs. So the first we knew was InfantryBrother knocking on the bedroom door and telling us InfantrySon was on the phone and had a computer problem.

That’s right — the reason for the call was to seek tech support! LOL Hey, I’ll take phone calls from him, no matter the reason.

After InfantryStepDad walked him through most of his computer issue, I got a chance to talk to him. They’ve been through a lot of intensive training and he’s now assigned to the M203 Grenade Launcher. This is the grenade launcher mounted to the M16 rifle. You can see it in this photo below the barrel of the M16.

M16 with the M203 grenade launcher

He seems pleased with this assignment and says he’s doing well. He actually has another challenge coin now but I don’t have a picture of it. I think I’ll have to buy him a camera to get one :)

He also said their orders had changed and instead of deploying to Kuwait mid-December, they are going directly to Iraq and probably at the end of October. He gave me more details but I think they’re too specific for this venue.

It will probably take me a day or two to adjust my own mental timeline to this new update – not that it’s set in stone, mind you, things can change quickly.

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InfantrySon Called

September 7th, 2008 by InfantryMom

I got a call from InfantrySon at about 5:15 this morning – good thing I’d been getting up about then on weekdays to get to work. I think he said it was about 2 in the afternoon his time.

He’s arrived and is doing well. He’s waiting for barracks and thinks he’ll be assigned to Charlie Company.

He’s get a cell phone that is free for him to receive calls on and has promised to email me his cell # and some rough idea of reasonable times to call him.

He also had some more nerve-wracking news. Originally we thought he’d be deployed to the Sandbox in late January or early February of next year but he’s now heard it may be the beginning of December this year.

It was great to hear his voice, though.

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He’s Off to Germany Today

September 3rd, 2008 by InfantryMom

InfantrySon called my at work yesterday to catch up before he ships off to Germany – Today.

All in all we had a good talk and he seems to have really enjoyed his time off and the two weeks of hometown recruiting. He says he’s been still losing weight and working on his upper body strength but can feel himself starting to slack so he’s glad to be going to his unit where they’ll push him to keep in shape.

His laptop is doing well for him and he asked if I had a beta key for the new World of Warcraft expansion. I don’t, lol. Poor guy was very disappointed.

Some reminders to let me know his official unit and his APO address as soon as he gets them and that I want to join the Family Readiness Group as soon as I can so I can get updates. I’m betting I’ll have to nag in a week to remind him but that’s okay :)

The most amazing this was InfantrySon’s announcement that he’d gotten engaged. InfantryFiancee is only 17 and he’s known her for about 2 years, but mostly remotely. I won’t pretend I have misgivings and am worried about him being hurt, but I constantly remind myself he’s an adult. I was glad to hear that they plan on living together first, after he comes back from his first deployment in about 15 months. You learn a lot about someone when you actually live with them day in and day out. Plus it takes a very strong woman to be an Army wife.

I’ll cross my fingers it all works out for the best but I did tell him that he needs to make sure she has our contact info and we get hers, just in case. It would be bad if something happened and we couldn’t let her know or vice versa.

He has said his plans are to take some leave after his first deployment and pick her up then drive to his dad’s then fly to my home to introduce her. That will be good :)

Waiting now for more information.

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