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Updated on August 17, 2012
MSG Randall Greets wife Marina
MSG Randall Greets wife Marina
MSG Randall Fletcher, wife Marina and son Mason
MSG Randall Fletcher, wife Marina and son Mason
Robert Hewett Sr.
Robert Hewett Sr.

ROBERT HEWETT SR: Marina, I know your husband has been deployed in Afghanistan and that he is due home for leave in a day or two. How about writing about his arrival as you envision it in your mind. Describe the scene and what you expect to see and feel.

No Ordinary Love


Marina Sanut Fletcher´╗┐

Standing in a crowded airport terminal, she stares at the hallway view ahead. Foot traffic shuffles by speedily. Next to her a little hand reaches out to hers as if to grasp for safety. She holds it and squeezes in an effort to say "Just a few more minutes."

There is a coffee shop, a donut shop, and a yogurt store. None of which can draw their attention away from the floor of the foot traffic.

Suddenly, her heart races as she sees the Boots. The first indication that she can proceed upwards in her glance. As the steps toward them seem to move in slow motion, she takes a breath. The crowd grows larger and she tries to keep her focus on those Boots. In a swaying motion, she is pulled to the right, then pushed to the left. She is not the only one focused on those Boots.

As the crowd parts the view becomes complete. A single soldier proceeds. The little hand beside her releases and before she can move to catch him, he has conquered the foot traffic to his father.

"Welcome Home Daddy!!" she hears him say. The soldier approaches with their son in tow ."Let's go home Darlin.." he says. The most romantic words in the world for this Army Spouse.

May our Lord continue to be with all our Soldiers,

Written by

Marina Fletcher

Spouse to MSGT Randall W. Fletcher U.S. Army

Army Spouse, Army Brat

ROBERT HEWETT SR: This is a wonderful vision and I am sure he knows just how you are feeling. I wrote a poem from the soldier's point of view that is posted elsewhere on my hubpage. Here is a link:
I am dedicating this poem to you and Randy and I do think it will fit right in with his thoughts as his plane arrives and you are waiting for him.

I hope your friends, family and fellow military wives and service men and women will add their thoughts and feelings by leaving comments for you at the bottom of this posting. Congratulations on having a great love for and from your husband that is seeing you through this war.


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you Debbie for this wonderful review comment.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      This is beautiful.. I remember those days my dad coming home from war and getting to see him for the first time after a year. what a wonderful reunions those were.

      what a wonderful hub

      many blessings my friend


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you Lee and I am so sorry for the meaningless loss of life of your your wonderful Austgralian soldiers. These sorts of attacks are becoming all to common. I will be glad when all of our forces are out of Afghanistan.

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      Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

      Today Australians woke up to this news:

      The Afghan National Army soldier accused of murdering three Australian Diggers and wounding two others has been identified as a guard at a patrol base.

      The surge in so called "Green on Blue" attacks was a troubling sign of the gathering strength of the Taliban, a US defense analyst has said.

      After the suspect was named in The Australian, International Security Assistance Force spokesman Major Adam Wojack this morning confirmed the gunman was a lieutenant by the name of Hekmatullah, or Hek Matola.

      He said local authorities in Afghanistan were now hunting the gunman, who had worked as a guard at the Wahid Patrol Base in Oruzgan province.

      "We do know that he acted alone, he was a single shooter ... he did kill those Australian soldiers then jumped over a fence and fled on foot," he told ABC Radio this morning.

      The dead and wounded were from Australian Mentoring Task Force Five, stationed at a patrol base in the Baluchi Valley, north of the main base at Tarin Kowt.

      Two Australian special forces soldiers died in a helicopter crash on the same day, making it the worst day of combat since the Vietnam War.

      Bill Roggio, Senior fellow Foundation for Defence of Democracies, said it was highly probably that the Taliban had made a concerted effort to infiltrate and coerce members of the Afghan National Army.

      Speaking the The Courier Mail from America this morning, Mr Roggio said the tactic was linked to announcements of the draw downs of troops by a variety of countries involved in the conflict.

      "I think the Taliban have made a concerted effort to infiltrate and coerce members of the military, absolutely," he said.

      Mr Roggio said it was possible Afghan soldiers were being threatened by members of the Taliban to organize or directly participate in the killings.

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      Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

      I pray that every solder return home safe to his family.

      A beautiful and heartfelt tribute Marina, to the one you love and hold dear in your heart. A pleasure to read, Lee

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      You are welcome Marina, I know how you feel. My dad fought in WWI and was wounded by Mustard Gas and Shrapnel; my oldest brother served in the Phillipines during WWII; my other brother served 24 years in the Army and had tours in Korea and Viet Naam during war time. I was in for 5 1/2 years from 1953 to 1958 most of the time as an Army Aviator for he Big Red One at Ft Riley, Kansas. I am very proud of my military service. Thanks for writing this testiment to your love for your husband.

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      Mrs. Fletcher 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing my little story. I certainly can not wait for him to be home for good. To say that I am proud of him is just not enough. To endure the time away and remove what these soldiers leave behind from their memory, in order to focus on the mission, must be so hard. The spouses that have had to stand and wait for that flight to arrive understand how time seems endless. I can only imagine what emotions are being felt by the soldier, especially when they sometimes will only be returning for just a couple weeks. Our country has some very strong soldiers. I am honored to say that not only am I a daughter to one of them soldiers, I am also the wife of one.