I am a former Air Force officer with a Civil Engineering degree.
I hold a Professional Engineering license.
I deployed to Afghanistan for 9 months on a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and came home with a bronze star and combat action medal.
Are you impressed yet?
I am also now a bewildered and struggling stay at home mom who doesn’t know how to reconcile the purpose and prestige I experienced in my ‘former’ life with the reality of the mundane life I live now. Motherhood has humbled me. It has also held up a mirror for me to take a long, vulnerable look at myself. Who am I really?
Am I still that success-driven woman I once was? Most days, I don’t feel like her.
I refer to my deployment to Afghanistan as the glory days–you know the days when I used to be important. I spent six years in the military, including a 9-month tour to Afghanistan. And I’m proud of my deployment and the story that goes with it. A PRT deployment isn’t a traditional military deployment, it took me out of my comfort zone and interacting directly with the Afghan people on almost a daily basis. Putting me on the front lines of a combat zone where danger is a constant threat. Where you don’t know if the person you are helping is a friend or foe. As you help, as best you can, to rebuild the country’s infrastructure and attempting to bring hope to a people who desperately need it. Read more.
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