Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Korea & Germany!

So, many of you may already know but we got our assignment! We have known for a while that Andy and his entire A-10 class was going to be sent on a 1 year remote deployment to South Korea. We we went back and forth on what to do with Tyler, Georgia, and myself for the year. It is possible to bring family and while some do it; others do not. There are many reasons why we have chosen to stay back in the states; such as not having primary medical care for Tyler and myself. Other concerns were risking to find a fully furnished apartment off base as many airmen have occupied these right outside of the gate due to on base construction. We would only be allowed to bring 600 pounds of our total household goods for our entire family! Not much allowed for standard necessities!! With intense work hours; we would prefer to have a family and friend support structure with a new baby. Finally, we have prayed and talked intensely about this and feel that this is where God is leading us. We have not closed the door on moving over if He choses to guide us in that direction at any point this next year. For now; we feel an incredible peace about this decision and are excited for many opportunities to see each other. (If you look at the map below; Andy will be stationed an hour outside of the capital city Seoul on the northern part. The base is called Osan AFB...http://www.osan.af.mil).
We will be leaving Arizona early to mid November and heading to Sacramento, CA to stay with Andy's parents. Andy will leave first week of December for Korea and I will be living with them for a few months until I can make my first trip out to see him in March. Since they live so close to Travis AFB, I am able to fly with Tyler for free, Space available, on their military aircraft whenever I want! We are planning to go three months apart and 1 month on as I am able to visit Korea for 30 days at a time. Sometime in April I will be heading with the Honda and trailer to live with my friend Eve at Columbus AFB in Mississippi for the remainder of the year. I will continue to fly up to CA and wait for space A hops to visit...or maybe we will meet in Hawaii!!! (yes please :)) I am hoping to take advantage of this time to see my parents in Indiana and visit friends & family in MN as well. With all that said, we ask for your prayers and support during our upcoming transition and for continual guidance from God...we are excited to see what he has in store for us! That brings me to my next topic....GERMANY!
As of a few weeks ago, we received our "follow-on" assignment; meaning where we will be stationed for the 3 years after Andy's Korea tour. Andy called me on a Friday at about 5:30 saying that the "drop" came down. This basically means that out of the A-10 bases to select from (Tucson, AZ, Valdosta, GA, & Spangdahlem, Germany) they tell you how many openings are at each location. Now mind you, it has been our dream to live in Germany for a while now. Typically you are given your top pick based on how you ranked in your training class...not this time! They rolled dice! Did you read that??? They rolled dice for their assignement!!! I couldn't believe it. Andy and one other guy rolled a 6 for the two spots available; which means they got it! We will move there sometime next December ('09) or January ('10) once Andy comes back from Korea. We are super excited for this amazing opportunity to explore Europe and to eat some good, authentic Brautwurst :) Being 100% german; I will be in heaven! (looking at the map you will see "Rhine Valley" which is in between Frankfurt to the east and the country Luxembourg to the west. This is the area we will be living. The base is called Spangdahlem AFB...http://www.spangdahlem.af.mil.. in the quaint village of Spangdahlem, Germany). If you feel like speaking Deutsch; come and visit!!

4 comments:

"P. Munoz" said...

Wow! I am so excited for you guys on so many levels. First of all, I miss you sooooooooo very much! Second, I can't wait to hear how the new addition to your family comes along. By the way, Tara, you look fabulous! Anyways, I sure enjoy keeping up with the latest on you guys on here.

Jolene Renee said...

Hi guys! I am so excited for your little one on the way and all the new stuff in your life! :)

Jolene Renee said...

By the way, the pedro_munoz one was from me too, but I was accidently logged in as pete. -Jo

Jolene Renee said...

Wow. What a life you lead! Congratulations on your new little addition. He is so cute. :) I was looking at your blog trying to catch up and couldn't help giggle at Georgia in the bike attachment thing. Your voice brought back great memories of my roomate calling her dog back at home and talking to it. :)