I know for the few people who do read my blog my last post might have been a little confusing. I am as vague as possible here when I talk about my husband's job. I am sure most of you can understand the security risks involved and have heard of something called OPSEC. If not you can read more about that by clicking here.
Most of what I write of course has meaning for me but might sound like gibberish to everyone else. I did have one email and one comment about what an IA is because of a statement I made in my last post. So for the record and for those who are interested but don't know here is a little basic information.
"A sailors deployed to Iraq is referred to by the Navy as an IA -- or Individual Augmentee. The Navy and Air Force have been tasked to "augment" the Army and Marine Corp in its efforts in the Global War on Terrorism. As such sailors and airmen are sent on TAD orders, serving as soldiers, to Iraq, Afghanistan, GITMO and Djibouti. Sailors receive two weeks basic combat training at Fort Jackson, SC before being deployed. These orders have been for six months to 490 days (15 months)."
The second thing is the term 'Ombudsman" which I believe is similar to the key volunteer program for the Marines. I am sure the Army has their own similar program but I am not familiar with the term they use. Here is the basic description of an ombudsman.
"The ombudsman program was established by ADM Zumwalt in 1970, in recognition of the challenges confronting Navy families. In one of his well-known "Z-grams," the admiral outlined a program -- the first of its kind in the U.S. military -- that provides better, faster communication between Navy families and Navy commands. The ombudsman is the official representative of the commanding officer and serves as liaison between families and the command."
I hope this helps and thank you for reading!