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This Navy wife's fears are realized

"The paperwork stares me in the face. Its timing is impeccable.On Sunday evening my husband came home from the squadron with a packet to be completed with emergency contact information. I don't want to think about his deployment with the EP-3E squadron to Japan in June, but I have to. And now, the real need and usefulness in providing such information is undeniable.Where should I be contacted in the event of an emergency? At what locations and telephone numbers can I usually be found, both day and night. What are the names and ages of our children, and what kind of care would I require for them in an emergency situation? If I plan a trip in my husband's absence, I am told that I really should let the squadron commanding officer's or executive officer's wife know all the details so I can be found, if necessary. If my husband is endangered or killed, how do I want my in-laws informed, by a military representative in their local area or by a phone call from me?Tough questions. But necessary.No one ever said being a military spouse would be easy. But it is surprising just how difficult it can be sometimes.To my fellow Navy spouses, the spouses of the crewmembers of VQ-1 being held on the island of Hainan in the People's Republic of China, I share your anxiety, your fears, your hopes.This one has hit very close to home.You and your loved ones remain in my thoughts. You don't deserve this. The sacrifices, the dreams put on hold, and the loneliness that the military lifestyle can produce are quite enough, thank you. You are realizing a fear that resides in the hearts of all of us military spouses. No one can take away your hope, your faith, your courage, your strength, and the love that will see you and your spouses and your children through this challenge. You are the main link in a very strong chain that extends all the way to China and will help to guide your sailors home.Sometimes I wear a T-shirt around the house that has a little saying printed across the front. When I bought it I thought it was just a cutesy little phrase. After all these years as a Navy wife, I have come to believe it as fact. It says, Navy wife. It's the toughest job in the Navy. You are special, and you have the admiration and respect of many. Let's look forward to the joyful homecoming of our heroic air crew.You can reach News-Times reporter Christine Smith at csmith@whidbeynewstimes.com or call 675-6611. "

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