As part of his clearing, he has to do a physical to see how much disability he is entitled to. Since he is Airborne he gets certain percentage right off the bat. Then, they did the full exam and he is 40% disabled (I think) somewhere around there. Being an Airborne Infantryman sure had its tole on him. He has a permanently crushed hip flexor, tendonitis, and some other very painful things wrong with him. It really hurts him to climb stairs or walk for more then short periods. If he stayed Airborne, he probably wouldn't be able to walk in a few years. He is only 22 years old. That is just too young to be in such bad condition but that is what being an Airborne Infantryman does to you.
We are trying to soak in as much Germany as possible. Even though we can't wait to get back to America, their is a few things that we will miss about Germany such as the food and sights. I try and get a Doner every chance I get and the Greek salads.. so good.
|Turning in his gear|
|Walking around clearing|
|You know you live on an Army post when you see these everywhere|
|Waiting at the bus stop|
|Adam Andrade and Steve. They went to Basic training together, deployed together, stationed together in the same unit and same troop. They have been together the whole time. They are brothers in arms.|
|Squadron on a beautiful morning|
|Goodbye Conn Barracks (where we were stationed)|
|Goodbye Ledward Barracks|
|I am going to miss Papperts, a German bakery. Best sandwiches I have had.|
|Yummy cold German coffee for on the go. SO good.|
|favorite Doner shop|