Thankful for Support from Home

By Staff Sgt. Kristin Walker
316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

As the holiday season barrels towards us, most of us are reminded of two things: that we’re nearly halfway done with our deployment, and that we will miss spending that time with the people we love at home.
Even though we have our adopted family within the unit and some of us have even invested the time to cultivate friendships that will likely extend beyond the deployment, the support that we receive from home is essential. The anticipation and excitement that we feel when someone tells us that they put something in the mail is comparable to the way you felt at six-years old and Christmas, or maybe your birthday or a trip to Disney World that was only a week away.
If you could just manage to wait one more day, you’d be that much closer to whatever wonderful surprises your six-year old mind imagined you’d receive. But unlike the occasional disappointment that you might have actually experienced when the day finally arrived because it was either a rainy day at Disney World or you received the dollar store version of that action figure or Barbie doll you really wanted, anything that you receive while you’re over here is treasured. When you’re away from home, anything from there helps you to maintain your grasp on the invisible tether that connects you to your “real life” in the states.
The level of joy and appreciation you feel when your mom sends you enough homemade cookies to give at least one to everyone in the unit, or your wife comes up with the innovative plan of decorating the inside of the box with seasonal decorations before packing it with you and your coworker’s favorite Halloween treats is priceless.
The feeling is contagious and rapidly spreads throughout the unit as we go to other offices for “work related” issues because there is almost always a communal ‘snacks-from-home’ area that puts a smile on our face as we sample the blondie bars, crackers, or freeze pops (yes, it’s still warm enough to enjoy those) and listen to the proud recipient briefly tell who sent them the care package.
The support we receive plays a significant part in helping us get through this experience because it makes us remember that we’re not just officers, noncommissioned officers, specialists or privates:  we’re also Lori, Heather, Britt, Will, Chris or Matt who feel like that six-year old kid when someone from home reaches out to let us know we’re all just one day closer. Thank you all so much for your support!


Staff Sgt. Kristin Walker is a 27D, Paralegal, in the US Army Reserve.  She hails from the Washington DC area and considers herself an avid fan of the theatre.  She writes for the 316th from Kuwait on a regular basis.

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