From the Front

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Name: MSgt Michael E. Bullington
Deployed unit: 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron
Home unit: 53d Computer Systems Squadron
Job description: NCOIC, Communications Focal Point

What will you remember about your deployment 20 years from now?
The people, the heat, the brightness, and the lack of sleep.

What's the most useful item you packed?
A flashlight -- it's always dark in the tent!

What do you wish you had packed?
More clothes! Thank God my squadron and family are sending me a care package.

When did you realize you "weren't in Kansas anymore;" aka your "Dorothy" moment? Climbing into my bunk my first night -- exhausted!

What's the best part of the deployment?
The people -- I've met some great and talented people from all over. I have learned a lot of great things from them. I can only hope they've learned a good thing or two from me.

The worst part?
The heat, the brightness, the lack of sleep and waiting for my care package!

What new survival skill have you learned?
How to make do with little sleep and how to pack better the next time.

What do you do during down time?
Down time? What down time? Oh yes, I do get a few hours every day, so I e-mail my family and then I sleep.

What is the first thing you will do and eat when you return?
What else? I'll spend a LOT of time with my family and then get some sleep. And, as long I am with my family, it really doesn't matter what I eat -- I'll just be glad to be back home.