So today I got to feel what the spouse being left behind feels like. This will be my wife's first deployment to Iraq and hopefully her last. I must say being the one left behind is rough. She will be doing exactly what i was doing when i deployed back in 05, which is to be on a response team and provide security while EOD disarm's IED's, and mild convoy security mixed about. She'll be heading to Al Taqaddam. Hopefully the living conditions have improved a bit since I was there. Well keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She should be in country in a couple of days.