Congratulations Flower, you made it! I've been along on this ride with you for 23 of your 33 years in the military and there are just not words for how proud of you I am. Starting out with 4 years in the Navy, and transitioning to the Army, living through multiple deployments, big and small, you served our country with pride and the spirit of a true patriot.
I remember after we married and the post 9/11 conflict erupted, I was asked to speak at a service club in Alameda. I recall sharing that you were a Tanker and laughing, "Who gets out of high school and becomes a Tanker? I'm not sure there is a big calling for tank drivers." And I wasn't far off because when you did deploy, it was with an Infantry unit! Talk about Murphy's Law! We were some of the lucky ones because you came home in one piece and we were able to get back to building our fairytale life, and in so many respects, it is just that!