Gretchen called at 12:10 pm our time, 8:10 am her time to say Sam's plane had landed. She expected to have him in the base gym within 45 minutes. She had been there, in the gym since 6:30 am.
At 2 pm our time Sam called and he and Gretchen were on their way home to Eagle River.
He sounded so good, so Sam, so happy to be in his car on the way home. So happy to have that tall redhead by his side.
He has a 5 day weekend off and won't have to report for a short, accountability formation until Wednesday and Thursday. After that it's half days until they come for Christmas.
He was so pleased that some of his guys from his platoon who were already home came to meet him.