I haven't updated in a while because I've been super busy with school and Big Brothers/Big Sisters etc. But I thought this was worth an update.
We thought Ethan was coming back around Oct 24 (no official date, but that's what I estimated and we seemed to be on track). Yesterday he called to tell me that he's staying longer because he has to testify at the court-martial of one of his subordinates. The court-martial is Nov 4. We were (were!) leaving for our honeymoon Oct 31.
Here's the rest of the story: this guy has been a major pain in the ass from Day 1. He was Ethan's supply sergeant, and the guy couldn't find his ass with both hands. Or rather, he wouldn't try. He lost a crap load of equipment, and wouldn't go look for it when Ethan told him to. At one point, we thought we were going to be held financially responsible for $60,000 worth of equipment. Thank GOD his replacement actually found that shit.
Oh but wait, that's not all. First of all, he directly defied an order Ethan gave him in front of a room full of people. Ethan tried to give him non-judicial punishment, but the guy wanted to take it to court. And he actually got off, because he "might not have heard the order". 3 people gave him the order! The whole classroom heard it! But I guess in kangaroo court, that doesn't matter.
So then, Ethan has to council him -- you know, "you fucked up, here's how to improve". Well this guy is mad at Ethan (because apparently, it's my husband's fault that he's a jackass) and threatens to kick his ass! Well, now Ethan has to punish him again. (Fortunately he was removed to another unit). So we're back in court-martial.
In other words, the rest of the unit is coming home in mid Oct. Ethan and the two other people who are testifying aren't coming home to mid Nov. I guess. And it is all this guy's fault!
I had a falling out with the Army wives I used to hang out with over this. The one girl actually had the gall to defend Sgt Fuckhead to me when I complained about him threatening to kick Ethan's ass. "Sgt Fuckhead seems really nice" she said. Really? Is that a fact? "Well, he might have a slight anger problem". Anger problem? I'll show you anger problem, lady. Just mention for one second that Your Husband the Wonderful is coming home on time and you will unleash vengeance the likes of which you haven't seen before.
There is nothing I can do about this, so I need to just get over it. But it is so FUCKING UNFAIR and I am sick of it! I HATE THIS FUCKING DEPLOYMENT!!!!!!