Suspected, but now confirmed

Our son, currently an E-5 (Sergeant) with the 4th ID at Carson, will be going back to Afghanistan all too soon. He did an ISAF tour in 2013, but this one looks to be a bit more grisly…I am proud of the young man’s skills and toughness, but neither of those can save one from an IED, RPG, or even a single well-aimed 7.62 round.

This sort of puts a damper on Christmas:

Two brigades from Fort Carson, Colorado, are on tap for a spring 2018 deployment to Afghanistan, the Army announced Thursday.

The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, will be part of a regular rotation in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, according to two releases from the Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs.

“The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division is trained and ready for any mission in the Army. Our formation of soldiers are fit, inspired, disciplined, and trained,” Col. Monté L. Rone, commander of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, said in a release. “We couldn’t do this without our families and owe a special thanks for their willingness to stand by our most precious resource ― The American Soldier.”

Rone’s brigade will replace 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, who have been in Afghanistan since September.

If you pray, pray for our boy.  If you don’t pray, cast a white light around him, or whatever it is you do.  He’s one of the most polite, respectful, punctual, loving, and giving men I’ve ever known…His kids need him to help them grow up.

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