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Payton Johnson Professor Lowry February 21, 2014 EH 123 Dad’s Deployment Ever since I can remember I’ve always been a military child. My dad was in the Navy for 10 years, then took some time off, then joined the Army National Guard in 2006, and has been apart of it ever since. We had moved a lot of times before I started pre-school, but lucky enough I started pre-school in Richmond, my hometown, and I graduated from Richmond. To be able to stay in one spot as military family for such a long period of time, is incredible. My dad joined to Army National Guard in 2006, I was in the 5th grade and didn’t really understand what he was doing. My parents just went through a divorce the year before, so this was heartbreaking news. As I got older, I slowly started to understand what was happening in the world and why my dad joined the Army. At the time of him joining, the Iraqi war wasn’t expected to last this long. So we didn’t think deployment was an option. I guess we were wrong. In 2008, he was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan for a year. We went through all the precautions, the counseling, the preparation. We were mentally prepared from our father to go off to war. Three weeks before his deployment, we get a phone call. He wasn't going. The deployment got cancelled. My brother and I were ecstatic… my dad on the other hand, was not. He was also mentally prepared to go, even a little excited to go and defend his country. The military offered him a tour in 2009, to Iraq. And he took it. Once again we went through all the counseling and everything, then this tour got cancelled too.
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