Newbie, first deployment, mil to mil.

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Registered: 07-31-2011
Newbie, first deployment, mil to mil.
Sun, 07-31-2011 - 9:40pm

Hi, Im new to this site, well actually I havent registered on any other site because ya'lls is the only one so far to stand out and actually give support. I am a 20 yr old woman who has served a mere 1 and a half yrs in the Air force. Im stationed currently at Langley AFB, VA where I met my boyfriend who is a 27 yr old EOD tech who has served 8 years. Just 3 weeks ago he left for his first deployment as an EOD tech, he was a cross trainee. For those who may not know what EOD is, its Explosive Ordinance Disposal, which Im sure many of you have seen The Hurt Locker so you get the basic idea. :) The thing is that I am in an Intelligence career field, so all the super scary stuff that you dont wanna know.. I have to know. Which I truly wish that I didnt have to know to be honest. He is currently at his backfill base in Kuwait, which isnt as high paced. But if any EOD techs get hurt in Afghanistan he is the first out the door to fill that spot.. which being Afghanistan its only a matter of time. Basically I wanted to tell a little bit about myself and maybe get any advice on how to coupe. I dont have children, just a rigirous work schedule.. So on my off days its hard to fill up my day, theres only so many work outs a woman can do. Lol. Thank you ahead of time.. :)

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 9:47am
Welcome to the board. I am glad you found us here. I'm sorry your boyfriend is gone right now.

My best advice is to jump into something you may have always wanted to do but never found the time. If you like to read, join a book club. If you like to cook, see if there are any cooking classes around. If you like movies, hit up the theater. Sometimes it is hard to find things to do because you get to focus on YOU and figure out exactly what it is that makes you happy! I think a lot of women have a hard time with that because we spend a lot of time trying to make other people happy :)

Another thing you could look into is taking college classes. It would be a lot of work on top of your work schedule but it would definitely keep you busy!

I hope the time he is gone passes quickly. And, also, thank you for your service. I know dual military couples have it even harder so hang in there. You will make it through!