It felt like I was in Afghanistan for a long time or at least it felt like a long time. The weird thing was that I spent four months in training and almost nine months deployed, but the longest part of the deployment was the four long months of training preparing for war. It seemed like every day dragged on. Culminating toward the final day we would leave and go to Afghanistan.
Stuck at Camp Atterbury – Preparing for War
Luckily, we had breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But the time we were stuck at Camp Atterbury, Indiana preparing for war. It was as if we were stuck in a place where everything went in slow motion, especially time. We trained in situations to help prepare us for our time in Afghanistan. Some of the training was useful. Lots of training felt like a waste of time. I guess overall we learned what we needed to learn. We all survived our time in Afghanistan and I think that was the ultimate goal.
And meanwhile, this California girl was stuck in one of the craziest winters in Indiana. Ok, now I know that is really just winter in Indiana, but it sure felt like something I had never experienced. I didn’t think it was possible for it to be normal. There was snow on the ground from right before Christmas to sometime in February and then when the snow melted we were ankle-deep in mud. When the snow returned near the end of training, I was so thankful for a frozen ground.
My parents and husband came to see me before I left. My parents met up with distant cousins from Indiana who took them all over Indianapolis, but I bet if you asked my dad what the best part was he might tell you it was making snow angels.
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