Friday, April 27, 2007

Bye from Afghanistan


Well my last Blog from Afghanistan, there were times I never thought this would happen and times I wanted it to happen that day. It’s been an experience and an adventure I will never forget and will always remember some of the things I’ve seen and done for the last year. I never thought it would be like this and never thought I would do and see the things I’ve done or seen. So a year in Afghanistan and I’m heading home, at times it seems the year went by fast and then I think about how much Bayleigh has grown and I realize its been along time and I’ve missed a lot in her life and my family’s life.. So the next year you can bet I will be making up for every minute...


My Mom asked me if I could go back to the day I signed my contract with the Army and if I would do it again. I’m not really sure what I would do, I’ve learned a lot and done a lot of things only a few civilians can say they’ve done and seen, but I’ve missed a lot of things as well. It’s hard to decide but I’m glad I did this and I’m glad I had the opportunities I’ve had over here. I will miss the people I’ve made friends with. I will miss the “good kids” and the Elders. I can’t say I will miss them enough to stay any longer but its time to be with my family and friends back home. Its time to continue on with my life back in the States, there is so much I have missed and ready to do all those things as much as I can.


I have a lot of memories I will take with me, from all the Med Caps to all the lunches with the Elders. It’s been fun and I have a great story to tell when I get home and can’t wait to tell it. I will always remember the smiles from the kids when we gave them something or when we returned their thumbs up... There is still a lot of work to be done over here but I know people will continue my goal and hopefully things will continue to change for the better and will one day be the Afghanistan of the 60’s and 70’s.

I hope all of you know how much help you gave and how much easier you made my job and time over here. If you weren’t sending boxes of clothes you were sending goodies for me. I appreciate everything all of you did more than you know. I never thought I would receive so much support but you guys are heroes and I’m so glad I had the chance to talk with so many amazing people. You guys are great and I hope you continue to help support the troops and the people of Afghanistan. Thank you all for everything you have done...

Well I guess its time for my final sign off from Afghanistan; I plan to keep writing in my Blog about my family, friends and everything going on in my life. I hope you all keep reading and stay in touch. Thanks again for everything and thanks so much for reading my Blog. You are all great Americans and I’m so glad I live in a country that supports its military as much as all of you do.

So long from Afghanistan...
Todd

18 comments:

Dakotaranger said...

Thanks for putting your life on the line for us

Cindy said...

Prayers are with you for a safe trip home. Enjoy your time with your family. See you when you write again. Tell Mark another box is on the way with school supplies, shoes and candy.

Flag Gazer said...

God Speed you on your trip home-
Hugs to your Mom, wife and daughter - and thanks for their service, too!!!

karin in tx said...

God Speed. May your reunion with your family be sweet.

Sarge Charlie said...

What you have done there young man is build up a data bank of memories, they will never leave you, some day you will share them with your grand children. When you do, you will be proud that you stepped up and did your duty. You will remember people like Sgt Dub, even if you go separate ways, you will always be friends. You might even remember some old sarg who still wants to be part of what is happening, I will remember you. Thank you for your service to country, go with pride, America thanks you.

Sarge Charlie said...

We are having a going away party at the old sarges place

Ron Simpson said...

Keep safe for the last few moments in country and on the journey home. From one Okie to another, Job Well Done. Maybe when you get back, I will run into you and shake your hand in person.

you should start another blog when you get home.

Flag Gazer said...

God Speed - have a good trip home :) - hugs to your daughter, wife and Mom and thanks for their service, too!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

thanks for your service honey. you did good....

smiles, bee

Jodi said...

Hurry home Soldier. Bayleigh and I can hardly wait. WE LOVE YOU !!!

Jodi said...

Hurry home Soldier. Bayleigh and I can hardly wait. WE LOVE YOU !!!

Vadon said...

Glad to hear you are heading home. I dont know if you saw the video I made with you in it, but here is a link.

http://vadons.com/Blog/?p=95

Thanks for your help while I was there, and I apreciate everything you have done for our country.

Have a safe trip home...

Matti said...

On my favorites list, I've moved your blog from the "Afghanistan" file to the "Back Home" file. And I had a big smile on my face while I did it. Godspeed, and welcome home!

mamaworecombatboots said...

Welcome home & God Bless.

Mrs. Fierce Shoes said...

Welcome Home!!!

I have tagged you for a meme. See my post at http://fierceshoes.blogspot.com/ for instructions.

coconut commando said...

Have a brew for us that are still under gen. order #1. Safe travel and take care.

_changed_ said...

Hello. I am an A1C in the Air Force and have just been told that I am deploying to Kabul in October. I was just wondering if you could tell me anything about the area. Is it an actual base? How hot does it get? Do you have any idea what the Air Force does over there? If you want you can either reply to this coment or email me any information at mariachic4u@hotmail.com.. thank you so much! I have been trying to find anything about the area online and are not having any luck!

Michael Kraft said...

Thank you Todd, i hop you dont mind the exposure of all you have done for us.

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