Air Force, United Arab Emirates

Received the following email:

Mr. Plemons-
My name is —–; I’m a Technical Sergeant (TSgt) deployed to the same base as —–. I read the letter you were kind enough to draft and send over here. I, for one, very much appreciate efforts by folks like yourself to make sure we know we’re appreciated and not forgotten. While it’s certainly not as comfortable as home, our living conditions here are certainly far from bad. The worst part, for me, anyway, is being away from my wife and son. My wife and I are both —– years old, with me being 17 days older than her; it’s something I kid her about from time to time. Our son is a little over —– years old, and a constant source of pride and frustration, as I am quite sure you can relate to.

While I have no experience with a family member with Down’s Syndrome, I can only guess the amount of love and hard work that’s involved. Since you signed your letter “In Christian love,” I feel comfortable sharing with you that my wife and I believe that God graces such special children to the parents He feels will care for them best. So know that I consider you and your wife to be special people, and your family will be in my prayers tonight.

I don’t share the same degree of interest in the UFC as you, though I have watched a few matches since being deployed here. It is an interesting sport, and one I’d be much more inclined to watch regularly than the so-called professional wrestling (WWE and that sort). I know the wrestlers/actors for the WWE are atheletes, in the sense that they need to be in very good shape to do what they do, but I don’t consider their form of entertainment to be a sport.

As to one of the questions you posed in your letter, yes there are a few gamers over here that I’m aware of, and I suspect more than that. I, too, started playing DnD at an early age (around 10 to 11), and have enjoyed it, as well as quite a few other different systems. One of the Security Forces folks is actually running a campaign here, which I would love to get involved in. Unfortunately, his shift and mine are different enough to make that impractical.

Well, it’s 2:40 a.m. here, which is 6:40 p.m. on the East coast. It’s time I got to bed, since I have to be on the bus to head in to work by 11:45 a.m. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them my way, and I’ll answer them as best I can. Thank you again for taking the time to express your support and letting some of us get to know you.

Take care and God bless!
Air Force

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