The Beav according to Beav

Still crazy after all these years.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I'm movin' on

Interesting news:

I've been told I'm going to move. To Korea. For a year. Alone. (But not 'til June)

This does not upset me as much as some of you might think.

When I was growing up, my dad was in the Air Force. For a while, we moved every few years, as was normal for the military. When my parents separated, we took one last move, to Florida, where we settled. But, the setting was done by then. I feel cooped up - caged - when I stay in one place too long. I've been in this area for almost 10 years. Attached to the same unit for the whole time. I've seen people come and go. I've seen mission dwindle and die away. I know more about the history of our system than its capabilities. I've been itching to leave for at least 3 or 4 years.

The real good thing about going to Korea is that after that year is over, I get my choice of assignments. As long as they have billets at a base, they'll do what they can to put me in one of 'em. So, I take a one year hit - a separation from my wife and two boys - and I get to pick my spot. Clearly a win in the long-range column. It also takes me off the list to go involuntarily. (Though it no longer moves me to the end of the deployment list.)

I'm thinking about Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, or perhaps Buckley AFB. They are in Colorado Springs and Denver, which means further away from my dad, stepmom, and many friends; but in the same town as (or close to) my mom, brother, sister, their families, and several friends that moved there from Florida. Again, some minus, some plus.

So, I've got 9 months to get myself and my family ready for the separation; get Saundra into a day job so she can more easily handle the boys; get my laptop fixed or replaced; get webcams; and get my replacement fully spun up. No sweat.

--Beav (Besides, I dig kimchi.)

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  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger Devyl Gyrl said…

    My stepfather went to Korea for a year on remote, too. Although he hates travel and surroundings different than his "norm," he loved Korea. I have no doubt that although you'll miss your wife and boys immensely, you'll love the experience. Especially since you're an AF brat like me. We crave change, even when we think we don't want it! I keep saying i want to settle in one place ... but I always find a way to move within 2-3 years. Strange, eh? Oh well.

    I do really REALLY hope I get to see you before you go. I had planned on getting up there late next year, but now that won't really be an option. I can, of course, visit with Saundra & the boys, but I think it would be weird without you, as much as I did like her when we met the first time.

    Love you muchly!!

  • At 11:29 AM, Anonymous New York State of Mind said…

    How exciting! Will there be any chance of Saundra and the boys being able to visit? What a great experience that would be for them! I think it would be great for you to be able to get out west, I know you miss the rest of the gang. I, too, would like to get to see you before you go. Any remote chance? Really remote?

    Hope the preparations go well. Miss you!

  • At 9:59 AM, Blogger Soo Mi said…

    Of course there will be the obligatory send-off complete with karaoke and much merry-making. Hell, I might even throw down a song, just for you. I may have to get drunk first.

    I'll find The Girl an assistant babysitter so that Saundra can leave the boys comfortably at my house and par-tay with the rest of us for once.

  • At 10:05 PM, Blogger Bk30 said…

    wow, Korea for a year? Thank the big Guy for the net then! Is Saundra still in the airforce too?
    And Colorado would be awesome..even more of a reason to go see my mom :)

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