I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet few folks that are all spouses of Chinookers. When ever I read or hear about a Chinook going down I bolt off to their blog to see if there's news. As the saying goes most often no news is the best news. Luckily none of their spouses have been injured this time around. Unfortunately an Active Duty Soldier whose blog I read lost a member of his unit recently. His account of the funeral detail left me in tears.
I sometimes find myself lulled into a sense of security knowing that my spouse is deployed in Afghanistan. The country is more stable, has had more time to work through the difficulties of becoming a new nation and it gives you this false sense that there isn't so much to worry about. Yes, the investigation is still underway and it appears that this was not due to the Chinook being shot down but it still is a reminder that no this is not as safe a place as home. Nor, is it a place where you can sleep at night without some worry that things can go wrong.
This month was a tumultuous month due to the elections and I am sure the unrest will continue through November which is the month of Ramadan the most holy observance of Islam. So hang tough, keep your head down and Godspeed to those whose spouses are still deployed (regardless of location).