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This past week on the base, there has been an exercise. At least that is what they call it here, but it is otherwise known as war games. All week the sirens have been going off throughout the day calling, “Yellow Alert!” and “Red Alert!” followed by explosion sounds for the exercise that some of the Airmen are doing on the base. My husband took part of it as well. The “painted” him up and he had to pretend to be injured while the others got graded on how well they handled the situation.
When he first game home from a day of war games, and I saw the “wound” they had painted on the side of his face, I froze. For a minute I forgot it was fake. It looked so real. It looked as if a bomb had exploded near the side of his face.
I thought back to all the alarms I had been hearing off and on all week. Although it was just an exercise and they were just practicing, I realized that this is what it sounds like to those who are deployed. Hearing this here on base made me think of all the men and women who are over there now and going through this only for real. For them it is not an exercise, it is not practice, it is for real.
I hope that while we go through our everyday lives we remember those who are still deployed and remember that although we can thank God for being safe here, some of our loved ones are not, and we still need to remember them in prayer everyday.