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Air Force Husband

For over twenty years I stood behind you
Taking a back seat you while you answered the call

This officer and gentleman relegated to a supporting role
Adoring you as you rightfully stood in the spotlight

Watching the home fires while you flew around the world
Saving lives, healing the wounded, and doing what you so loved

Serving as military spouse and single parent
Helping with homework and providing stability

Most of the time this was easy, really no big deal at all
Till the first time I sent you off to war

Sure I knew it was possible, just as it was for me
But how unprepared I was for that day you came home early from drill

As I recall that Saturday, August fourth, 1990 my eyes tear
Remembering the flood of emotions I felt

First and foremost was pride, pride in you and your valor
Helping me to recall just one of the many reasons I fell in love with you

Soon I felt other equally strong emotions
The next being fear, fear of the unknown and the prospect of death

But the hardest thing to deal with was the feeling of helplessness
Being unable to protect the woman I love, a husband's sacred duty

For over nine months I waited on pins and needles
Dreading the arrival of uniforms at my front door

Spending the time writing you letters nearly every day
And keeping it together for our daughter

Thankfully you survived that deployment and came home my hero
Just as you did when you had to return to Iraq and finish the job

Although I was better prepared this last time, it still was tough
So much tougher than when I went off to war

So, as I look back on my career and all of the challenges
The toughest duty I ever faced was being an Air Force Husband

Even so, I would do it all again with out hesitation
For the country that I love and the love of my life

Written by LeColonel
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