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Good Morning Xangaland!
I’m sorry if I got your hopes up yesterday… Nope big news is not a baby… However this is a life changing piece of news. I’m sorry that it is such a formal format and I know that most of you know a lot of this but this is for those of you that don’t and it is also the email I’m sending out en mass to all the family and friends. So here you go!
As many of you know my husband, Ryan, is in the Air Force.He is currently in the process of cross training from his current field of A.G.E. (aerospace ground equipment) mechanic to Contracting.This is a mandatory career change due to overstaffing in his current field.
He will be leaving for technical training for his new career field on April 26th for a 7 week course.He will graduate on June 21st.We were informed that this job change would most likely result in a move due to the fact that Luke AFB (our current station) has no opening in the contracting field at this time.
So we have been, not so patiently, awaiting orders so that we could announce to all of our friends and family what was going to happen.On Monday we received some shocking news. We have received our orders and yesterday they were officially confirmed by the orderly room here on base.We have orders to serve a three to five year tour of duty at Spangdahlem AB in Germany.We will be leaving the U.S.shortly after Ryan’s graduation on June 21st of 2006.
We are currently awaiting word on whether or not I am allowed to leave the country due to my surgery.We had originally heard that my surgery would keep us stateside, however, as Ryan has pursued this avenue we have been informed that currently all that can keep us in the U.S. is the receiving base (Spangdahlem) being unable to care for my medical condition.We were told that this will probably not be the case.We were told to proceed under the assumption that we will be going. I will let you know if this changes.We should find out for sure one way or the other by end of business today.(However it could be later depending on communications as Germany is 8 hours ahead of us.)
Please just know that Ryan and I have talked and prayed about this in depth for the last few days and we have peace…This change in our life was born of prayer, though it is not at all what we expected.As soon as we heard the slightest news about Ryan having to change jobs we called out to our friends and family to pray and pray you all have.We have all prayed that no matter the outcome the hand of God be in it and that He would put us where we were needed, in His will for our lives.Over the last few days as new information has slowly come to light we have begun to see the hand of God in this…As frightening as that is.
Everything that has happened with this situation from the minute Ryan found out he had to cross train has made the base stop and scratch their heads and this was no exception.Apparently, for someone in Ryan’s position, just starting in Contracting as a 3 level, overseas is not available.In fact online, where the assignments are listed Spangdahlem is not even an option.When Ryan went into base to confirm these orders they told him there must be a mistake, that this shouldn’t be possible.We crossed our fingers and hoped and prayed.
The official word that has just come back is that these orders are real and concrete.Apparently Spangdahlem AB in Germany is the ONLY place in the world (outside of the U.S.) that, at this time, needed ONE level 3 contractor, and we got it.
In the long run it is only three years…Though I know that this doesn’t make it easier, believe me I know.The good news is that we won’t have to sell our home.At the end of a long overseas tour (and this qualifies) you get to pick the base you want to return to depending on availability.So if Luke AFB is available we can come back home and our house will be waiting for us.Along with all of you.
For those of you who know that I was panicking about possibly having to leave my babies here in the states we have found out that Germany is the only European assignment that does not require quarantine for animals.This means that both of our dogs would fly there with us with no delay and the Air Force will pay to ship them.And as a dear friend told me this morning… “After reading your email, it is clearly seen that God’s hand is in all of this. Just the fact that all will be taken care of and your boys will be able to go with you! That is surely an answered prayer that maybe God answered without you even having to pray it! He looked down, saw your heart shatter when you thought your two precious dogs couldn’t go with you, and He said, “Oh, Courtney, I got it covered. Relax!”
Some other good news is the location of the base.SpangdahlemAB is just 8 miles from the city of Trier, a famous city from WWII (shown in Saving Private Ryan in case you want to know.)It is located in the Southwestern corner of Germany just a hop skip and a jump from Luxembourg and only 100 miles from Paris, France… so if you want to visit… LOL
So the official word is that after Ryan graduates on June 21st of 2006 we will have a short two weeks back here in Phoenix to out process from the base and say our goodbyes… we will have to be in Germany by roughly July 7th of this year.
We ask that all of you would begin to pray for us… that God would open a place for us in Germany and help us to find His will in the place He is putting us.We ask that you begin to pray that God prepares our hearts and conditions our spirits for this journey.We have chosen to approach this as a call into the world to speak God’s word and work on men’s hearts.God is sending us out to fight this war (both the physical war our country is even now fighting and the spiritual war that rages ever around us.)We ask that you pray for us, for strength, for wisdom, for peace.
“For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war.”
2 Samuel 22:32-35
I will send updates as we receive them.