Well, today was the first day for me to be a civilian in 8 years. 28 Feb 08 marked the end of my TOS with the USAFR and i was discharged from the Individual Ready Reserve. It felt kind of wierd, no phone call, no emails or anything. I'm just waiting for the paperwork with the DD214 to show up.
I kind of have mixed feelings. I'd go back in a heartbeat, strap on my gear and march through the gates of hell with my buddies. At this moment, my USAFR unit has a squad deployed to the sandbox. I was already IRR when they deployed, but talked to a handful before they left and I just felt like I was sitting on the sidelines and watching. I'm excited that I no longer have the concern of call up and deployment and time away from home hanging over my head, but I have friends in a foreign land and they are without me.
It's an odd feeling. I guess any vets on the board know what I'm talking about.