So I keep in contact with as many Soldiers that I have served with as I can. The following is my half of a text conversation on preparing for a deployment. I always find myself a little long-winded and preachy when I give advice like this but it made enough of an impression for this Soldier to write it down. Its things like this that make me feel like all these years haven’t been for nothing, I am still able to help soldiers. That’s what it’s always been about and what I am going to miss the most.