2nd Brigade, 1st AD families briefed on next tour
“How is this going to work other than going to Ramstein all the time?”
The theme of the day was expectation management. 'Where we're going it's dusty and it's hot,' Col. via Stars and Stripes
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#1 Mar 23, 2008
I am not sure where to start with my concerns... I have a solider that had orders first to Schweinfut then abruptly changed to Baumholder now will be deploying to Iraq. He has not been settled in any one place yet, moved twice to two different hotels off base, has not received his household goods and have been told it will be taken care of....not to worry (this is the Army). He has other personal items in two suit case, a computer with no place to store them and was told leave them with a friend.(he just arrived to this unit not knowing anyone). His hotel stay is in a place that he is unable to cook a well balance meal....remembering I stated earlier that he lives off base with no form of transportation a ten minute walk to the gate then has to walk to his unit and take care of whatever he has to get done.
Baum holder demanded my son moved from Shcweinfurt two days after his arrival, Well it's like you're being invited to dinner yet there are no table mats or a chair to sit at the table when you arrive. This is what the Command at Baum holder is doing. There seems to be a breakdown in command and sponsorship of new solider's.
You might say this sounds like a over concerned mother that is not letting her son grow-up......My concern is if they are not helping to take care of their own on American soil how will I be able to sleep at night wondering about my son fighting a war that I or he doesn't agree with...but is willing to do his job. He or I have no problem with him going to Iraq, just make sure all his affairs are in order so he can do his job.
Did I mention that he was told he can finish his series of required Anthrax shots when he gets to Iraq.....with all the confusion I can't imagine that happening, Anthrax is endemic to the Middle East. Presently, he has not been able to obtain his weapons cards another essential to help in doing his job.
I will be telling my story in hope that someone will look into this matter. I will write to all the organizations on the base in hopes that someone will contact me before he leaves not knowing what he will be coming back to.
My family and I are in know way new to military life....My husband (my solider's dad) served 20 years in the military two different branches and is still providing medical care for Veterans and Soldiers returning from the war. Now our son is about to serve in Iraq but without proper command sponsorship and preparation.
In closing I pray that someone will look into this matter and contact my soldier.
Mrs. Velma Augustus
#2 Mar 28, 2008
Good luck and God bless your son. My husband leaves for Iraq in the next few weeks. It is a hard time for all over here in Baumholder. There is often a breakdown in communication here but we have learned to adapt and overcome. The Army WILL take care of your son, just maybe not the way you would like to see it done. It sucks but that is the way it is over here, especially right now with this HUGE deployment looming. I hope everything works out for your son.
#3 Mar 30, 2008
Please don't worry ma'am. I have also been stationed in Baumholder and deployed to Iraq from there. All your son's affairs will be taken care of. I know it sounds programmed but I am sure of it. Just reassure him and give uncle sam a chance to work everything out. I understand your concern. My mom had some of the same but now we look back at laugh.
#4 Apr 21, 2008
I want to say "THANKS" to everyone especially my son's unit for stepping up and helping him. He told me things are coming together and not to worry. Thanks for the other reassuring emails too.
#5 Apr 26, 2009
Velma, I've been trying to located you for some time. I'm here in Dayton, Ohio and I feel your concern about your son and all the others in this disasterous war. Please contact me your old friend from SCC Nursing school @ [email protected]
#6 Apr 27, 2009
Trust and believe that that your son will be all right. Sometimes we must leave things to a higher power, easy to say yet hard for flesh to do! [email protected]
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