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      And just like that, it's over.

      I just finished my last day of demobilization briefings, and have put away my uniform for the first time in almost two years. It's a melancholy feeling in some ways. While I am happy and relieved to be home, it was strange to say goodbye to the men who have been my substitute family for the last fifteen months.

      The Bushmasters are coming home in waves, so as not to overwhelm the demobilization facilities here in Arizona. I believe more than three quarters of us are on the ground now, and I was right about in the middle of the pack, landing Sunday afternoon. Two days of demob briefings and we suddenly find ourselves free men again.

      Lots to do now! The wife and I have trips to California and Mexico planned - I have about a month of leave coming to me. I am giving some thought to returning to Galco earlier than I'd originally planned, however, if I can swing a few long weekends off. And speaking of Galco, there were several Galco employees waiting for me to walk off the plane, including Bill King (Old Padawan here), one of the sales reps and his whole family, and the VP of Operations. Patriots all!

      America is even more beautiful than I remember, and just driving around and looking at the abundance our country offers tends to remove any lingering skepticism I might have about whatever we might have accomplished in Afghanistan. As Jeff Cooper might have pointed out, after a long time in a danger area, the beer is indeed colder and the sky bluer.

      It's good to be home.
      Last edited by Mike Barham; 08-28-2008 at 08:00 AM.
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      Well, I'm new here, but just wanted to say...

      Glad you made it home safe, and thank you for your service.

      Zhur

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      VERY good to hear Mike, glad you're home! Lots of catching up to do I'm sure. Once again, God Bless and thank you for your service to our country.

      -Jeff-

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      Great to hear you're back home safely Mike!

      Thank you very much for serving. Your family is in my thoughts as well for enduring your absence.
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      Thank you Mike, for your service, your humor, your insight, your guidance, and your "Moderation" of HGF.

      Enjoy your time off. Enjoy your family. Enjoy Mexico, wine country, and even more, home...

      Welcome home. I'm sure you'll be on here a lot less... We'll miss you, but understand why!

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      Welcome Home! ...and thanks!

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      Welcome home.

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      Wink

      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
      It's good to be home.
      It's nice to have you home, and Thanks for your service


      In my short time on this forum, I have found your posts very informative.

      Now that you are back at Galco, see if you can get them to make a holster that fits the Taurus PT92 with rails.....

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      Ditto. Welcome home, Mike!


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      Welcome home.


      It looks like I caught the news regarding one of the earlier Bushmaster groups returning and reported you were probably back a bit early. I apologise to all for that error.

      Enjoy

      TOF

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      Welcome back!
      Thanks!!!!!

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      Mike,

      Welcome home! Glad you are safe and reunited with your family.

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      Welcome back Mike. Have fun with your family on vacation, you deserve it!

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      Glad to hear you're back. THANKS and GOD BLESS to you and your family!

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      Thumbs up

      Thanks Mike and to all the guys/gals of your outfit. God Bless and you have a beautiful family. A job well done.

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      What a beautiful family!! Enjoy your well deserved vacation. Glad you and your guys are almost all home and ready to return to the sweet life of family and friends.

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      Welcome home!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Welcome back!!!

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      Welcome home, and thanks for what you have done.

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      Allright Mike!! Congrats, welcome home, and thank you for your service!

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