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I’m done!

Today marks the official end to my military service. I’m currently sitting on a plane thirty thousand feet in the air writing this. What’s funny to me is that I started my military service by taking a plane ride and here I am four years later on one marking the end. As I sit on this plane I can hear the silence pulsing through the air and that only means one thing; I am free at last.

I’m a bit disappointed in the way my unit handled my decision to leave but I feel like I am finally on the long road to inner peace. My service has changed my perspective on the world in so many ways. The boy who naively landed in Fort Jackson is no more. I have been tested both mentally and physically by my experiences. I look around the plane and I feel like my contribution to the country no matter how minuscule was worth it.

I have many things to learn about the civilian world as I transition into an every day life. Although I hated the hardships that I’ve endured I am forever grateful to the individuals who helped me cope with them.

I can now see the Rocky Mountains in the horizon and I know that I am ready for what the future has waiting for me.
I remember one of my Drill Sergeants saying, ” You may not know it, but someone back home is looking up to you right now, so if you’re thinking about quitting think of them and keep going, because there is three things you never give up on, your family, your country, and yourself.”
I will never be able to forget those words as I move forward with my life.

I leave y’all with this quote that I found inscribed in a castle in Norwich, England.

My road calls me.
Lvres me West, East, South, and North.
Most roads lead men homewards.
My road leads me forth.

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Homeward Bound

I remember laying in bed for the first two days after being back not able to sleep. The springs leave a lasting mark on my back as I toss and turn. My body is beyond tired but my mind tells me to keep going, I don’t know what’s happening. It all feels like a life time ago that I left home. I’ve traveled over 30,000km on different assignments with the military. 30,000 different places that my heart has left a small piece.

As I get closer to the end I become more restless. I don’t know what the future will have in store for me, but for now I have 30,000 reasons to be happy to have the opportunity to move forward with my life.

No matter what path you take with your life, it’s beautiful and don’t you forget that.

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Journey to the end

I try to picture my life outside of the Army from time to time. I wonder how the transition from this life to a civilian life will be. I have heard that the first six months are the most difficult. On one hand I am happy that I am looking forward to a civilian life and on the other I cannot forget about my friends.

It is difficult to write my thoughts clearly on this subject. As much as I would love to elaborate most people would not understand. At times I might hate being here, but what I have experienced here is going to be ever-lasting. The majority people that leave the military never exactly let go. Most people say that they are going to go to college, but once they are free, nothing ever gets accomplished. We are essentially lost in our past.

I have this crazy idea. I want to walk with my ruck-sack on from Splendora, Texas to Arlington National Cemetery. It is about a 1500 mile trip that I think will be a life changing journey. The journey should take about 2 months give or take, depending on how many miles I walk a day. I really think a trip like this could raise awareness for military service members past and present. Before we move forward we must honor our past.

Any comments on this would be great.

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Come along and join my party

Here are some pictures from various times here in the Army, the pictures span about 2 years and are from many different places/bases. I hope that you enjoy.

 

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1st time I got to repel out of a Blackhawk helicopter

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Basic Training

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Graduation

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AIT

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Hiking with friends

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Hiking

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One of my many tattoos

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Hiking

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This is how we live in the desert

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Some of the amazing food we eat, haha

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one of our numerous uniform inspections

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Gas chamber

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Working with the Japanese military

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At a stadium with a friend

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My battle buddies from BCT

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out in the desert

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another desert

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desert

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