March 31st 2003, the day Chris took the oath to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. March 31st 2016, the day Chris will end his active duty service to his country. For 13 years Chris has proudly worn the uniform and performed the duties he has been tasked to protect our country, whether is was on land, or under the sea. We have been through a lot the past 13 years. We have lived in 5 different states, met some amazing people and then have had to say good-bye to some of those amazing people (thank goodness for FB), be apart for months at a time (with little communication at times), be away from our families, start new schools, learn how to get around new areas and do it all with a smile on our face! There have been hard times and there have been wonderful times. We have had some amazing opportunities we wouldn't have had if we didn't live this lifestyle, and for that I will be forever grateful. While Chris' time in active duty has ended, he will still proudly serve in the reserves. It wasn't his choice to leave AD service so at least this allows him the chance to continue his service to our country. Chris' transition in to civilian life shouldn't be too hard since he will be taking a contractor position doing exactly what he has been doing the last four years, just in a different uniform now.
Although we knew this day was coming for some time, it is still a little hard. We look forward to this next chapter of our lives and can not wait to see where it takes us. We will cherish all the memories the last 13 years has given us and cherish the friendships we have made. So many of you have impacted my life in ways you may never know.
Here is to us living this next chapter of our lives to the fullest!