Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Here We Go!

For those who don't know me, my name is Bill Giles, and I'm about to deploy to Afghanistan.  I'm a nurse anesthetist assigned to the 909th FST (Forward Surgical Team) currently located at FOB (Forward Operating Base) Shank.  I am a Colonel in the US Army Reserves.

I've never blogged before, but I know that many folks want to know what it's like to live "downrange" in "the theater" (theater of war).  I'll try to post something every few days, as time permits.  I'll post pictures and tell stories as the Department of Defense permits!

My last day of work was yesterday, and the good folks at Carolinas Medical Center - University, my civilian employer, were kind enough to give me a send off complete with a delicious cake!  I'm very fortunate to have a patriotic employer - they supplement my income so that there is no net loss during my deployment.  They also allow us to continue our health insurance and other benefits as we desire.  Employers are not required to do this, and most do not.  it is greatly appreciated!

I am currently tying up loose ends at home.  I will arrive at Fort Benning, Ga, on Friday, to spend a week at the CRC (CONUS Replacement Center).  I'll live in barracks and have medical exams, dental checkup, shots, equipment issue, weapons qualification, and lots of briefings.  I've been through it twice before, and it's not fun!  I think the Army just wants you to have a miserable experience so that you can't wait to go to war!

If all goes as planned, I'll leave the following Friday and arrive at the FOB several days later.

Well, that's all for now - hopefully this will be much more interesting as time goes by.  Thanks for reading, and be sure to give me feedback on subjects you would like to know more about.  Please understand if I must be vague due to security restrictions.



  1. God Bless you, Bill! God Bless America!

  2. You are in our prayers, Bill. God Bless.

  3. Bill, God Bless You. I am very excited about this blog. Please be careful. Tell Adrienne if she needs anything regarding school to call me. I hope you and your whole family endure this separation and that it goes quickly and uneventfully. I will pray for you all every day.

  4. A blog is a great idea. Your emails & photos on previous tours helped us stay connected with you. Many others will have that privilege. Bless you, my friend. Tell Natalie to let me
    know if she needs anything.

  5. Glad I found your Blog. Your'e in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless you and watch over you protect you and bring you home soon. God Bless the United States of America.
    Jim Mohr
    Windsor Vt.

  6. Stay safe over there and hopefully you will just sit around and have nothing to do while you are there. We'll keep you in our prayers.

  7. I didn't know you were going, Bill. You'll be in my thoughts, as will Natalie. The blog is a great idea. I'll be happy to keep up with you.

    Take care. Stay safe.