It was actually a lot of fun but we were already sleep deprived and this ordeal started at midnight and wasn’t over until noon the next day. It was stressful but it was so much fun and I wouldn’t have missed it for all the sleep in the world.
In September Major Marty training at Army Medical Headquarters at Fort Huston in San Antonio attending a five day course called Tactical Combat Medical Care.
I have never been away from my family for more than a week. I will miss my family enormously and my absence from them has already started and it is profound.
There has never been a date that has meant so much to every one of us as September 11, 2001 but for obvious reasons (which I won't go into) in recent years it seemed as though public participation in commemorative events was floundering.
Next week is the 9th "anniversary" of the 09/11/2001 attack and in about six weeks I will report to Fort Benning, Georgia for 120 days of active duty in the United States Army on behalf of "Operation Iraqi Freedom". During my own "run-up" to this deployment people have made a big fuss over my decision to volunteer but it's not at all that simple.
Martin Lesser, of Longmeadow, a family doctor with a practice in Holyoke, is scheduled to leave with the Massachusetts Army National Guard Friday for a tour of duty in Iraq.
The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter (left) and Maj. Martin Lesser of Holyoke Mass., pose for photographs following Lesser’s appointment as a medical officer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, Jan. 11, 2009. Lesser, aged 57 years, received a waiver so that he could join the Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric Kolesnikovas)
|Welcome to the CONUS replacement center. For those who do not know, CONUS stands for Continental United States. The term CONUS replacement center has a lot of significance in army circles.|