Our bear called last Sunday night from the airport in New York. He was on his way to Kuwait and will be there for about a month before moving on to Baghdad. We knew this second tour was immenent, but we weren't ready for him to be going back so soon. In typical fashion he enjoys this new experience and relies on his faith that he will be protected.
For the next year I will have my cell phone at the ready and charged. With every meeting I attend letting those around me know that I will leave at a moments notice if my cell phone goes off. People will be asking how he is doing, have we heard from him, how are we coping with him being in harms way. We will smile and say he is doing well and no, he doesn't get to call very often. Something we got used to when he was gone the first two years.
He will return to us, this I believe, after all it is the only thing that keeps me sane.