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My son deployed to Afghanistan today

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Ski season in 2014-2015 will seem a little different. While I will enjoy it still, the thoughts will be with him the whole time. I pray for his safe return!


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God protect him and bring him home safe.

I hope that folks realize that there are still young men and women being sent into harm's way for our country. Some days it seems like folks take that for granted.
 

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WhT a grrat service thse men and women do fooor our country. Not many realizw sarcfice rhey mKe. i surr your son will be a vreat asset for the country and i surr you be skiing with him soon.
 

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I wish him the best of luck! I hope he stays safe.

I missed out on quite a bit of skiing as well due to being deployed in Iraq and Afghan, but the good thing is when you get back that absence makes the first turns so much sweeter!

You know where in Afghan he is going? And how long he will be deployed?
 

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Safe thoughts and good wishes to your son! And a huge thanks for both your past service and his current service to this country! :flag:
 

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I wish him the best of luck! I hope he stays safe.

I missed out on quite a bit of skiing as well due to being deployed in Iraq and Afghan, but the good thing is when you get back that absence makes the first turns so much sweeter!

You know where in Afghan he is going? And how long he will be deployed?

Shindand Airbase for 9 months. He was stationed in Germany and got to ski at some cool spots like Lermoos, Zer Matt and Zugspitze.

A funny side story - He grew up skiing since age 4 and skiing just felt to him like something everyone does. When he got stationed in Germany, he was excited about skiing in the Alps with others in his unit as I did when I was over there. So, first he acquired new gear and then started talking it up with others there. What struck him as odd was the fact that no one in his unit skis or snowboards. There are tours they can go on out of the travel office on post. In the end, he just went solo and met other people. We who ski or snowboard are a relatively small group in the US when you start to consider the entire US population. We are about 7.5% at peak (2010-2011) and around 6% today (this is a great topic for a new thread). A few other things he thought that was odd - he had a hard time finding a ski shop in Germany that could mount bindings on a 110 underfoot ski and once he was skiing he noticed very few people skiing off the groomed path which was nice for him so he could go after the freshies all day long. Basically his skis looked like water skis to most since they were skiing narrower skis.

Yes he will really enjoy skiing that much more whne he hits it again!
 

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Safe thoughts and good wishes to your son! And a huge thanks for both your past service and his current service to this country! :flag:

Thanks!

Actually thanks to everyone for your posts! I know this forum seems like we are a dysfunctional family - actually not seems like - we are, but the comments like these and those on other sentimental threads are awesome!
 

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Best wishes to you and son. I have a nephew (snowboarder) who served in Afghanistan about three years ago. He's gone on some fun ski trips with us in the past, but I'm not sure he's been out snowboarding since he got back. I might have to try to do something about that next winter:)
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Take issue with war, but please don't hate on our troops. The vast majority are great young patriots making a big sacrifice to loyally follow the orders of politicians ELECTED BY US!
 

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may he and all the brave young men and women be under God's care and protection . Stay strong , be well and know that what he is sacrificing will only add to his character . All the best young soldier and thanks !
 

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Safe travels and stay for your son!

I was stationed in Munich years ago. It was just over an hour drive to the heart of the Alps in Austria. Great times. Does the Army still have the recreation center in Garmisch?
 

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Thank you to you and your son for your service. Best wishes for a safe experience and a quick return home.
 

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Please thank your son for his service. I'm sure he'll be back, safe and sound before you know it.
 
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