As I’m now within a few weeks of returning home, my unit just held an event to wish me well in the future. It’s called a hail and farewell.
Obviously, I wasn’t being hailed (that happened in June). Instead, I was being farewelled.
During the ceremony, new people are welcomed and the old are fondly remembered before they depart.
My friend, Jeff, said a few words about me, but it had more of a “Friar’s Club Roast” feeling to it. I prefer that sort of thing. He told a few stories that had a veil of truth to them, but one story in particular was very exaggerated… and hilarious.
It was great. The people I care about (in Iraq) were all there, and it gave me a chance to call out the awesome people I’ve been working with on a daily basis.
Above all, I thanked Brig. Gen. David Quantock for not firing me after I put him in a CNN interview, which eventually was featured on a Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes special investigation on the network.
Afterwards, I was presented with the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Essentially, it’s an award presented while working for a joint command, which is what Task Force 134 is.
It’s been a great ride so far. I have a few events scheduled this week, but when I’m done with those, I’ll be packing my bags.