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Family Matters Blog: Couple Shares Deployment Journey

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 – Air Force Master Sgt. Rudy Gamez and his wife, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christina Gamez, are blogging about their separate deployments in Afghanistan in hopes of helping other service members facing their own deployments.

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Air Force Master Sgt. Rudy Gamez and his wife, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christina Gamez, spend time with their children, 3-year-old Eva and 5-year-old Tomas. The couple is blogging about their experiences while on separate deployments in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo  

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Over the past eight months, they’ve been documenting their experiences in the blog, “Double Duty: Know Before You Go.”  Blog posts run the gamut from dealing with household packing to the pain of family separation to day-to-day life in a combat zone.

“I want people to understand the emotions of deployments from both sides,” Christina told me during a recent interview. “I've been on the other side -- left at home with a full-time job and then some, with two kids and no family in driving distance.

“Now I see it from the deployed side,” she added. “I understand the need for a stronger emotional toughness so the deployment doesn't destroy you.”

For more on this blog, see the American Forces Press Service article: “Air Force Couple Blogs About Deployment.”

To comment on this blog, or read other posts, visit the Family Matters website. 

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