I am so sorry I have not been posting lately but I have been extremely busy! We have been very short-manned at my unit and I have been double, and sometimes triple, hatted at work the last two weeks. Things are just starting to normalize a little and then I got officially notified yesterday that I will be going TDY to Hawaii for three weeks in May!
My unit has continued to support the Misawa Helps project which has contributed more than 20,000 man-hours to local clean-up projects, and I am proud to say I've had a big piece in that success by making sure they get there and back. Starting next week they'll be going on overnight missions to the village of Tanohata which is about 3 1/2 hours away from Misawa!
I have had some time to myself over the last 2 weeks and have had some awesome opportunities to hang out with some locals. I was at a BBQ two weeks ago that was about half American and half Japanese and there were two grills going, one American style, one Japanese. This weekend I am going to the Hirosaki to see the Cherry Blossoms. There is an old area in the center of town with an old castle that has about 1000 cherry trees so it should be pretty cool to see.
There was so much going on the last 2 weeks and this blog won't do it justice. Next week I plan on getting a little personal because I will be hitting my 8 year mark in the military. So if you don't want to read about my reflections on the past and projections for the future go ahead and skip that one!