We handed in the body armor, cleaned the weapons, recycled the usable, sent home the keepers and basically got rid off most of the gear issued over a year ago back at Fort Riley. We got everything new; I know I wouldn't want to wear used gear that has sweat and Afghan dust permeating it. We also had group sessions to talk about stresses, "sustainables" meaning good stuff, and "improves" meaning areas needing corrections. A few more days and we will go west to America. How excited we all are.
American Medical News just published a story on the book donation project, Operation Medical Libraries. I'm quoted. You can see the article at www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2008/08/25/prl20825.htm.