Sometimes in the middle of our deployments, we are allowed a few days off. It helps troops refresh themselves mentally, physically and emotionally. It's an essential priviledge that is intended to help our people maintain their sanity so that they can maintain focus on the mission. It is an awesome treat!

So I recently got to go on my little vacation. I went back home to see my mom, sister, and other relatives I haven't seen in years. Although I didn't get to see my kids, I was able to reconnect with family as well as my culture. Being away from my roots has allowed me to forget the sites, smells, tastes and beauty of where I'm from. So of course I was ecstatic to get to go back in time and take a visit into my childhood.

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