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"Iraq, The Story Unfolds" -- Deployment Starts

So the deployment starts, first I am asked by my unit to go to a course at Fort Huachuca Arizona to become an Electronic Wafare Officer.  Cant say too much about this as it is a classifed job.  The simple answer is that I spent a few weeks in sunny Sierra Vista, Arizona learning how to protect our convoys and troops from IED's.  You know, those bad things you hear about on TV that blows up and has killed most of our troops in Iraq.  For me it was a very interesting course, I actually enjoyed it.  Anyway  few weeks went by, I finished the class, and got to return home for a few days before it was time to leave. 

This was the hardest part prior to leaving as me and my wife knew this was the last few days for almost a year we would get to see each other.  It made it especially hard that we had only been married for 4 months.  We spent as much time together as we could and then off to Fort Benning to prep for Iraq.

I showed up to benning on Feb 7th.  I had gotten lucky as the rest of my unit was forced to endure six weeks of training where they were on lockdown, long hours, middle of no-where and basically no amenities.  All this time I was in Arizona and now Fort Benning.  We did have long hours, however once we were done we were allowed to do pretty much what we wanted.  Most just hung out, watched tv or hung in their room.  However I had managed to get my wife to come down and stay in a hotel off post and was able to keep seeing her for the majority of the week.  The last time that I got to see my wife this year was the day after Valentines day.  Feb 15th.  Later that week I flew onto Kuwait.

I ended up in Kuwait for a few weeks also.  Mandatory training, supply issued items, and other medial things holding me back.  It wasnt too bad, most of my day was spent adjusting to the time and climate.  The PX (similiar to a Wal-mart) was huge, we had a great gym, and small movie theater.  I got to call my wife about everyday at the AT&T calling centers.  Just a few weeks there and time to move to Iraq.

**Well not a very interesting blog for the day but you get an idea on what it takes to get to Iraq.  This tour for me was not to bad . . if you ever get a chance ask a guard or reservist what it is normally like.  It is horrible, 6-8 weeks, lock-down, poor food, very long hours.  In most cases they will tell you that "PRE-Mobilization is worse than the tour all together."


Thats all I have time for today, tomorrow I will talk about the initial impression of Iraq on this tour.



Nicholas S. Bush


Keller Williams Realty

Knoxville, TN


Comment balloon 17 commentsNicholas Bush • May 26 2009 08:55AM


Nick, keep us posted and stay safe.  Thank you for serving our Country!

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate about 11 years ago


Getting your perspective of this chapter of your life as you were thrust into it, is both illuminating and fascinating.  This is a corridor most of us never have a chance to peer into.  I look forward to your posts and am subscribing so I don't miss any.  Take care of you till you're back stateside. 

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 11 years ago

Nick...we have a good friend who has done three tours to the Middle East.  Thank you for your time and service.  We would be nothing without a good military to help protect us.  :)

Posted by Sarah Eubanks, Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public (Hill Valley Financial Services) about 11 years ago

Our prayers are with you.  God bless you.  God bless America

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -) about 11 years ago

Nick, thanks for the update. It's great being able to follow your journey. When you get settled, let us know what you and your guys need!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 11 years ago

Nick - We look forward to following your journey while we await your safe return home! A Hui Ho my friend, be safe.


Posted by Mike Eddy, Maui Real Estate Broker (Coldwell Banker Island Properties) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - keep those posts coming!  It's refreshing to be able to TRY to see the world through the eyes of a soldier.  Perhaps your posts should be compiled into a book when you return home.  Bet you'd sell a million copies!  Be safe!  Your new family is pulling for you and your fellow soldiers!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Hi Nick, I guess you were pretty lucky, all things considered, not having to do the lockdown and all. How is your wife holding up? How difficult for the both of you to be only 4 months married.

I am looking forward to hearing your stories about life there. I also think that you will be quite well known by the time you get back, and you should have no problem stepping back into your real estate career. Make sure you check all around here, there are so many posts filled with invaluable information.

Thanks for keeping us safe. I appreciate all you have sacrificed.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

And FYI, I think you should make these posts public, lets see what others think. You can build quite a following if you go public, and perhaps you can get some clients out of it when you get back! You can even go back and make the first few posts public!!! 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

Nick- Will admit your blog is the first I looked for tonight.  Looking forward to more information about how you are doing and how you and the other troops spend your days.  I think this is a great way to get into blogging.

I agree with Andrea that making your blogs public.  True their are pros and cons.  Like a potential client might not contact you because you are deployed, but then it might create interest in having someone follow you and they contact you when you get home.  Many blog readers read for months before they actually contact the agent. 

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 11 years ago


You sound just like my son when he went over and he had duty in Baghdad.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

Thanks for keeping us posted Nick, I am looking forward to your posts in the future..stay safe and God Bless

Posted by Brian Kuhns, Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns (Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber) about 11 years ago

Hi! Nick,

I will keep reading to see how things progress through your stories.  Take care!

Posted by Dana Wilkinson, Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conr (Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX) about 11 years ago

Nick, in addition to thanking you for your service please pass the same on to everyone you're serving with...and please continue to update us on what's really happening over there. It's only through people like you that I feel we get any hint of the truth. Thanks for taking the time to share.

Posted by Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team (Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - Your story is so remiscent of my son who had his holdovers in Kuwait too during his four deployments.  We anxiously awaited those phone calls from the calling centers even if it was for a minute or two as there were always others waiting in line to make their call homes too. 

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) about 11 years ago

Thank-you for taking time out of your day(s) to enlighten all of us on what it's like to be deployed to Iraq.  I notice you've picked up real estate agent-speak in referring to "amenities" in your pre-deployment assignment.  I look forward to reading your blogs, and thank-you for your service.  And your wife for hers, too.

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