May 6, 2004

Yesterday (Wednesday) was fantastic! All of our families were in Bryan by noon. We all went to lunch at the best restaurant in BCS… you guessed it… The Golden Corral!! Then we had our Mob ceremony. We had several guests, including the commander for Regional Readiness Group (RRG), he is a Brigadier General, and a pretty nice guy too.

After the ceremony, we had several briefings, including health care, Red Cross and legal issues. Holly and I also got our new ID cards. She gets a tan one and I got one that says “Active Duty.” After all the briefings, we all went back to the hotel, changed clothes and went to a Mexican restaurant and had a great dinner. It was interesting… we had twenty people at two tables outside. They took drink orders and Holly also gave her food order but nobody else did. The waiter left and never came back. Next thing we know our drinks arrive along with her dinner. We sure didn’t expect them to bring her food with our drinks. I gave them hell and we had excellent service after that! We had like five waiters and stuff buzzing around our table – it was kinda funny. Anyway, after that we all parted ways and went back to the hotel for the night.

This morning, we all gathered in the lobby again and said our final goodbyes for a while. Yesterday and today have been emotional roller coasters for most of us. We have felt pride, sadness, anticipation and thankfulness. Today we head up to Fort Hood to begin out Mobilization Processing. We have no idea how it is going to go or how quickly we will be in DC. We also don’t know what lies ahead for us in the next few weeks. We understand that our primary mission is in DC, but if the Army needs us somewhere else, they will put us there. Only time will tell. I might not post for a few days while a Ft Hood as we may not have internet access. More soon.

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