The Story Behind My Move to San Diego

It’s not random… at all. In fact, this move is almost seven years in the making. I feel like documenting the story, so here we go.

Let’s go back to 2009. I was at work in FOB Hammer, Iraq. It was a pretty normal day in what would be my third and final tour to Iraq. My 1st Sergeant (1SG) had just returned from the US after three weeks of leave (vacation). Having him back, like any authority figure who has to disappear for a while, was bittersweet.

While he was away, I had additional responsibilities. As a sergeant, taking care of Soldiers and making decisions in my unit were already part of my daily routine. But while he was away, I had to communicate with a few “big wigs” from other organizations. Nothing I hadn’t done before.

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