About 'Reporting for Duty'...
Sometime over the next few months, I expect to be deployed overseas for the first time in 10 years of service in the Virginia Army National Guard. My goal in writing this blog is to relate the events and emotions of transitioning from a civilian life, where freedom is taken for granted, to a full time gig in an Army at war.
I begin the blog as a 29-year-old, single male resident of the District of Columbia and the owner of a one bedroom condo. I work in the civilian sector as a computer programmer for Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), the publisher of washingtonpost.com. In the military, I am a member of the Virginia Army National Guard performing the duties of a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. I have no professional writing experience.
Except for 15 months of Army flight school, I've worked for WPNI for the past five years, and was looking forward to focusing on my professional career here until the day my National Guard company commander read the activation orders for our unit, 2/224th AVN (Aviation). After receiving the activation orders, I asked washingtonpost.com editors if they would like to partner with me in reporting the experiences of a Virginia Army National Guard soldier 'Reporting for Duty'.
The Obligatory Disclaimer: 'Reporting for Duty' will always reflect my opinions and those of the people I interact with over the next 24 months. This blog does not reflect the views of The United States Department of Defense or Army.
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