Naturally, when you marry someone in the military you have to expect that at some point a deployment or two will happen. I knew this when Kyle and I got married and we were lucky enough to have the first few years of our marriage deployment free (He was in the field A LOT lol).
However, when Kyle's unit got placed on GRF (global response force) we knew that if something did happen they could be deployed at any time to any place. Most units are on this and nothing happens, they do their year on this cycle and then it switches to someone else. Kyle's unit was about 5 1/2 months away from being taken off this cycle when the earthquake in Haiti hit.
They were instantly recalled from the field and told to be ready within 24 hours to leave. Let me tell you that as a still relatively new spouse I panicked. We rushed to get everything we needed to including updating power of attorneys and bank account info. Looking back now I realize that this was a pretty good way to be introduced to a deployment, learning how to adapt in a crunch was so helpful.
Kyle and I spoke only once while he was gone, and he ended up getting really sick along with a few others. I mean imagine being in a country that just experienced the most devastating earthquake with little food and little water, and disease running rampant. It was bad. He ended up losing around 25 pounds by the time he came home, he was gone for about 3 months, which doesn't seem like a lot but it was sure an interesting time. I can't believe it has already been 6 years to the day since he came home from that deployment.
He deployed the following year to Iraq and to be honest that deployment was easier. Go figure.
It's been a long time since we have experienced a deployment (almost 5 years) and it will be at least a few more years until we do it again (if that happens, I know he is itching to deploy again). He was supposed to deploy at bliss but that didn't happen who knows when it will again.
It definitely seems so long ago now.