My 4th of July celebration out here consisted of a normal workday, with the added security and nonsense that goes along with a visit from VP Biden. USF-I held a naturalization ceremony to give US citizenship to 156 soldiers from almost 60 different countries. If you didn't already know, you don't have to be a US citizen to serve in the military, and this crowd raised their hands, recited the oath, and became citizens in a nice ceremony with the VP as guest speaker.
I 'almost' got to meet the VP at lunch after the ceremony. He was working his way through the DFAC (dining facility), was almost in front of me, then his folks had him take a different route. I gave up on that and went back to work.
It generally sucks being out here away from home, but I can tell you that it definitely stinks to be away from my wife, and home, and friends, on days like this. I hope everyone back home (and I'm thinking of Allentown and San Diego) had a great weekend enjoying family and friends - and I can't wait to get back to spend times like this with all of you!
I'll keep taking some pics, and posting some here:
Work is kind of slow frankly, as I continue to try to find new things I can do and new missions for my Det - to keep us busy now, and maybe provide meaningful support/service down the road.
If you use Skype, look for me online and give me a call sometime! "Bultar2020"
Take care! B