Monday, January 21, 2008

Hello Ma'am ... This is Sgt. "Smith"

Let me start by saying.. my hubby is fine.

The past few days I hadn't heard from hubby.. but he called the other night. He was sorry he hadn't called cuz they were in Blackout.

The Brigade had sustained the first casualtie.

He didn't go into much detail... he didn't know the soldier, he was in a different unit and didn't know any details. That was all that was said about it. We talked for a little longer then he had to go.

The next day I got a call on my voicemail " Hello Mrs. **, this is sgt " smith". Just wanted to touch base and see how you are, Just give me a call back I have some updates". It was late by the time I got my voicemail and hubby had already told me what was up I figured I'd call her back tomorrow.

I called her this morning..she wanted to update my info. She wanted my correct address.

All I could think was... They want to make sure they have the right address in case I get a knock. ( I told hubby this when he called me at work tonight and he said " Yup that's pretty much why").

It reminded me of when he was doing his class A's for inspection before he left . I didn't understand why.. he said " In case I die, they have to make sure they are burial ready"

Wow... that was morbid... but it was true.

After she got my address.. then she says" Also, I don't know if you've been watching the news, but there were a few injuries and we had our first casualtie. It was no one from "unit" though."

That was it. So matter of, oh by the way.. just an update.

When I got home from work... They had reported it on the 10 pm news. His name, age hometown.

I've been told there's a phone call when they are hurt and a knock when... well everyone knows what the knock is. I pray to god every day that I don't get either one of those.

I can't even imagine what that would be like I won't.

My deepest condolences goes out to his family and friends.

I don't really know how to end this one....


trying said...

I dont really know what to say. Personally sometimes I almost forget about the whole element of danger in what flyboy does. He had two near misses this past week and he practically had to spell it out for me.

My heart goes out to the soldier's family. I always think about the families when I see or hear about it in the news.

It's odd the things that we live with over our head. You sound like your dealing well with it. : )

Mrs. Staff Sergeant said...

*sigh* I just found your blog while visiting another. I know this has to be a very difficult time for you. I'm also a military wife and my husband has served in Iraq. I remember it like it was yesterday...

I'll keep you in my prayers and hope that this time passes quickly for you. He'll be just fine! One day at a time right?

Ginger said...

I found your blog via another...and so the story goes. I too, am a military wife, National Guard Army actually. My hub has just returned from a 15 month deployment to Iraq, so I can totally relate. I remember the "update" phone call...and I was like, people do you realize we're on pins and needles here!! Anywho, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers..sounds like you're dealing as well as the rest of us!