Happy 4th and Happy 10th Anniversary!

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This will be a short and sweet Shooting Your Age since today is Independence Day.

I’m sure you are wondering what the Happy 10th Anniversary is about.  Well, ten years ago today, on July 4th, 2008, I came home from deployment in Iraq.  The fact I arrived back at BWI in Baltimore on July 4th, of all days, is strictly coincidental.  Flights from Baghdad to Kuwait, then from Kuwait home, were scheduled based on the needs of the military.  We started the process of coming home the last week in June.  But no one knew what day we would be flying out and arriving until the word came down.

And so it was we arrived at BWI in Baltimore the morning of July 4th.  Some wonderful volunteers in Baltimore organized welcome home receptions for every plane full of military members coming back.  And because it was July 4th, the banners, flags, and people were all greater than normal (so I was told).  The reception was a wonderful way to be welcomed home, and the first thing I thought of was that the guys coming home from Vietnam should have had this kind of welcome.

Arriving at BWI in Baltimore on July 4, 2008

I still had, as all Navy Reservists did, another week-plus to go through out-processing in Norfolk.  And because July 4th was a Friday, I had that entire weekend to just hang out before starting the paperwork.  Therefore, I didn’t arrive back in Atlanta, where I was living at the time, until that following Friday.

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If you’re playing golf today, I hope you shoot your age, have your personal best round, get a hole-in-one, or all three!

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years…

 

Next week we will get back to golf.  Until then, thanks for reading and enjoy Shooting Your Age!

 

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