It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. – Lou Holtz
We’ve had several big homecomings in the past couple months across the Fleet and around the services. We recently welcomed home the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) along with Carrier Air Wing Eleven. They returned from an eight and a half month deployment to as far as the Mediterranean Sea. The main body of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade
Ideally your support system includes spouses from your command. These spouses are experiencing the deployment right along side you and they know EXACTLY what you are going through. These friends are sometimes referred to as ‘battle buddies’ and can become part of your family. If you traveled to be with family during the deployment, maybe your ‘battle buddies’ were civilian neighbors, church friends, or immediate family and you had virtual support from your fellow command spouses. Either way, having a support system is crucial to the success of navigating a deployment.
When the deployment is over, you might be wondering how to say Thank You to the people who helped you conquer that long separation. This list includes all kinds of ways to make your ‘battle buddy’ feel special and appreciated.
How have you said Thank You to a ‘battle buddy’ and made them feel great?
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