So, I finished my 2nd deployment in the US Navy this week. After months underway, it feels good to be home. Port calls in Guam, Malaysia, and the Philippines this time around. I've now been to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. Before arriving in Japan in early 2011, I hadn't even left the country before. I've seen what genuine poverty looks like (most Americans have nothing to complain about - if you've got so much as running water and electricity, I don't want to hear a damned thing from you compared to what I saw in the Philippines and Thailand).
Really glad to have broadened my horizons. God bless America, we don't know how good we have it there.
What's ahead? I'll be in Japan through spring, then moving to Seoul, South Korea for a little over a year. It'll come at the cost of some freedoms I'm used to (having my own apartment, a curfew, etc) but I think I can do good work there. I'm looking forward to working with my brethren in the other services (primarily Army at Seoul) once again as well. I'm about sick of blue shirts and gray hulls for a while.