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Re: Off the Board for 2 weeks
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2013, 02:31:09 AM »
Well, since by the mid-90's, the Russians had withdrawn from Eastern Europe (the Warsaw Pact itself was dissolved in 1991), there really wouldn't be a need for so many U.S. troops in Germany.  I suppose some U.S. troops will be there as long as NATO exists.

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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2013, 08:09:00 AM »
British troops are pulling out of Germany as well. We are now on the final run-down.

Ella
Hope you and your family are enjoying themselves, and good luck with the move. Having an RAF father I know all about this sort of thing!

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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2013, 11:53:13 AM »
Well, since by the mid-90's, the Russians had withdrawn from Eastern Europe (the Warsaw Pact itself was dissolved in 1991), there really wouldn't be a need for so many U.S. troops in Germany.  I suppose some U.S. troops will be there as long as NATO exists.

Yes, exactly. It was part of the 'peace dividend' of the Cold War ending. I would imagine there will always be a base there--at least in my lifetime. Between NATO and the new AFRICOM (African Command--designed to respond to threats, etc...in Africa) as well as being the mid-way point for transport to the Middle East, there is still a need for some presence.

I picked Bob up from the airport this morning. :D  Of course, now I'm back at work until 7:15 tonight. LOL Our time together will kick in this weekend but it was great just to see him in person again. Skype is a good thing but nothing like the actual person. It was a surprise to the kids (who are off today) as they were expecting him home tomorrow. That was a wonderful scene. :)
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Re: Off the Board for 2 weeks
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2013, 12:01:39 PM »
Have a great vacation with your family.

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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2013, 06:01:18 PM »
Vacation time is over. Back to work (my actual job and my mod duties) as my husband leaves tomorrow.
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« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2013, 06:14:35 PM »
Vacation time is over. Back to work (my actual job and my mod duties) as my husband leaves tomorrow.

Welcome back, grandduchessella; we've missed you :)

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« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2013, 10:19:20 PM »
Vacation time is over. Back to work (my actual job and my mod duties) as my husband leaves tomorrow.

Sheesh that went fast! Hope you enjoyed your time away and welcome back!
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2013, 10:52:50 PM »
We had a really good time. I am dreading tomorrow though. At least I'll have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble. :)
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« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2013, 11:09:12 PM »
We had a really good time. I am dreading tomorrow though. At least I'll have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble. :)

I hear ya there. Can't be fun to wish him that lengthy goodbye. Seems like you have a pretty good game plan worked out for the future though and (just as importantly) have made the most out of your past and present.
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Re: Off the Board for 2 weeks
« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2013, 02:26:18 AM »
Welcome back.

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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2013, 03:11:48 AM »
Hello Ella

I hope you, husband and family enjoyed yourselves.

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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2013, 09:23:07 AM »
Welcome Back!! and im glad you had lots of fun!!!

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Re: Off the Board for 2 weeks
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2013, 11:59:22 AM »
Welcome back Ella!

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« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2013, 10:05:39 PM »
Thank you, everyone. I saw him off today (and then had to go back to work--red eyes, blotchy face and all--it's a good thing I didn't have to work the Circulation Desk today or I would've scared the customers!) and he made it safely to Dulles and is now midway over the Atlantic. He'll finish up his last legs about 12 hrs from now. Luckily, he can fly as a regular passenger and not go via military flight. When he was deployed to Afghanistan, it took almost a week to get in and out via military airplanes.

On a positive note, we received his next assignment notification this week! We are going to SHAPE HQ NATO in Mons, Belgium! We loved our time in Germany and have been dying to get back. Of course, we'll be short one child as Kate will be in college but she can come home on each break--she'll have high priority when taking Space-A on military flights and they fly right out of DE (and she'll be going to college there) and into Ramstein, Germany about 3 hrs away from us. And I've made so many international friends through my time here on the AP Forum since I was last in Europe. Now maybe I can meet some in person! :)  Plus, I am going to totally gorge myself on royal sites and, since I'm not planning on working during those 3 years, I plan to actually put all those plans to work on books into operation. So, needless to say, we're very excited. When he wraps up in Jan-Feb, that's when we'll head overseas.
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Re: Off the Board for 2 weeks
« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2013, 02:06:07 AM »
Thrilled about Belgium!  and doing books! Best of luck!

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