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I'm Back

It's been a month since I last published, and I can now explain my online absence. Briefly, I was following an order to cease blogging -- an order that is no longer in effect. To my command, thank you for your time and your backing for reinstating this blog. I assure you that it is not remotely similar to the blogs coming from theater that use minimal, if any, judgment in respecting the demands of operational security. To those of you who have followed what I have written, thank you for your patience. During the month when I was offline, many things have happened here and at home that should make this forum an interesting one for some time to come. If you'd like to know more about the issues that arose around my blogging, here's the text of a letter I was prepared to send to friends if I'd...

By Bert Stover | November 20, 2006; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (31)

A Decision to Save My Leave

We were asked to provide general timeframes as to when we would like to take our first two weeks R & R leave. I decided to take a couple of passes instead -- a few days off from work that don't get charged as leave. My intent is accumulate my leave and use it at the end of this tour so I can take a long trip across the U.S. to visit with family and friends....

By Bert Stover | April 7, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (76)

Visiting for One Last Time?

I've been visiting friends and family. I don't know if these visits will be the last ones before I leave, but that's the sense I have. I'm also thinking about visiting people I haven't seen for years. My college girlfriend, for one. But do I really want to stir up that pot of emotions? How big of a deal would it be? She is married, and for all I know has children. It could just be a casual meeting to check up on each other or it could be an uncomfortable, sad experience. I visited some of my fraternity brothers in NYC three weeks ago, which turned out to be a great weekend. Mostly they have become responsible professionals, doctors, lawyers and the like. How things change just six years out of college! I plan to visit my hometown, three hours southeast of Washington DC, for two weeks vacation just...

By Bert Stover | September 20, 2005; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (1)


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