My husband standing in the airport in Haiti
Random pics of the 621st CRW getting ready to leave. They do not just get a call and jump on a plane! They have to load that plane and get it ready to go as well and then when they get there unload!
Getting their antibiotics (there was an Malaria outbreak and they have to be prepared)
Ted and members of the 621st in Haiti
As part of my Wordish Wednesday, I wanted to honor our military! As most of you know tomorrow is Veterans Day. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
January 2010 a little over a month after returning from Afghanistan, my husband got a very important, very expected call that his unit, the 621st CRW, would be deploying to Haiti to help the Haitians after the devastating earthquake. As with most deployments with the wing, my husband had very little time to prepare and say his goodbyes. They landed in Haiti to a big ole' mess to put it lightly. The poor people that were already there were TRYING to organize all of the planes that were bringing in supplies to the airport there. These people were not equipt at all to do such a large task, but they were doing the best they knew how. Thankfully the 621st is full of men and women who are trained to do such a task and had the airport up and running with precision in a matter of hours. Planes were no longer circling waiting to land for hours on end and people were able to get supplies in FINALLY! The 621st were some of the very first people on the ground. They had NO showers, NO toilets, and nothing but MREs!! They lived in tents right on the flight line. Imagine having to sleep with jet engines in your ear 24/7. Imagine having to wait 2 weeks before you could take your first shower and imagine having to use the bathroom on a bucket!!!! We have brave men and women all over the world, not just in Afghanistan and Iraq both of which my husband has been to. I want to honor ALL of our military past and present and not just those who have fought or are fighting in a war. God Bless all of our military men and women for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis while here at home and while they are deployed!
My husband has been all over the world on I don't know how many deployments MOST of which were last minute. I chose this deployment because we are approaching the anniversary. Please keep the Haitian people in your prayers as conditions are still rough there.