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Answering the call

April 8, 2009

For the past few days, dad has been convinced my brother and I have been in the other room, close by to him. With a great deal of disappointment mom has to break the news to dad that we are not home.

Today mom called the Red Cross to get Geoff and I home. The Red Cross notifies military members of deaths in the family or other equally substantial events. Within about two hours time of my mother calling, the Red Cross notified my ship. Right as I was walking on board after leaving a conference, the Command Master Chief had the message in her hands. After a few minutes of talking, I was on my way off the ship on emergency leave.

Shortly after I got home I poked around online to look for plane tickets. Then I called United to see what they could offer. After about 20 minutes of being on the phone, I had a round trip flight for $310 departing Wednesday morning for Orlando. I simply could not turn those down, given I was quoted tickets for over one thousand departing the same night.

We’re coming, dad. Hang in there just a little bit longer.