"I mark the days off my calendar and just looked at how many days I have left and teared up. I’m so happy I’m leaving. Nobody should be away from the people they love for this long it’s been the hardest 18 months of my life. Harder than my 1st deployment, harder than my failed marriage, harder than being a father who can’t see his child. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I’m thankful I have surrounded myself with caring people who love me and have always had faith in me. I couldn’t ask for anything more."