Today at 2pm I got a voice mail from SSG Steinmetz in the Admin section of 28th CAB to call her. When I called she read me a line from a message from National Guard Bureau in the Pentagon saying that "SGT Gussman's request for extension for one year has been approved."
With that I am staying one more year. The journey that began January 31, 1972, with the guy in the picture below getting drunk in a bar in Kenmore Square, Boston. . .
Saw the same guy straighten up, make sergeant and become an Army tank commander. In the photo below I am on a field training exercise in Germany in 1977.
The guy in the photo above left the Army and went to college in 1980, then re-enlisted in 2007 and in 2009 deployed to Iraq--with a bicycle.
And ended that tour with the guys below and "The best job I ever had."
One more year. Thirteen more weekend drills. I am hoping to do Annual Training twice this summer.