|I've been branded. :)|
These are just some of the programs. Everyone I have met is equally as touching. Bruce was in my Orientation group, he was in the Airforce for countless years, was also a Thunderbird, retired, and now is working for the USO in Dover. Dover is where the families of deceased troops come first when their loved one is shipped back from overseas. I couldn't imagine the kind of strength it would take to do that position day in and day out supporting people who have just lost a loved one. Everyone is so dedicated to each position they hold. It's really interesting to see how all the parts fit together. There's people who try to get corporate sponsorships so our troops deployed can get free phone cards from AT&T and events like a flag football game in Iraq with NFL players because Fritos paid for it. Then there's the people working with volunteers, and the people that plan the entertainment, and the people that market USO, and the people that do the IT support so we can call back home when we're "downrange" to all the braniacs who compute everything so we have data on our progress. Without any particular one piece of this puzzle, in nice terms, we'd be screwed.
In other news, our transport orders didn't come through, so we're stuck in DC for a little while until those go through. I like that we'll have this transition time. I'll be working in the donor department tomorrow and until we get shipped out. I'm excited to see this side of the organization and really get a feel for it before I go overseas and start working.
My going away parties were wonderful! I loved having the chance to just hang out with all my friends from everywhere. It's sad that it takes someone going half way across the world or a wedding once a year to get together like that. It was all really fun, even though my Herd lost, in a heartbreaking game :( I have received so many touching gifts. Thank you to everyone who gave me a card, or hugged me, or came to my party!