To answer all of you who asked . . .yes, I am still going to deploy for 7 months to Iraq, sometime in late winter (that is all of the detail I can give you right now). The recent "draw down" doesn't effect the 130,000 regular people already there!
I will not be deploying with my 1st Medical Battalion Corpsmen (mostly Navy), but instead with a large Battalion of Devil Dogs (ie Marines). I will be one of the few Navy people and the only Naval Officer in the Battalion.
Got to love the Marines. YUT YUT (That is Marine speak for "done".)
Anyway, I will let you know !