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first_img About Author: Staff Writer Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Featured, Headlines, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago LoanCare, a ServiceLink company, announced that Adam Saab has assumed the role of EVP and COO, effective June 5. Saab had previously held the position of SVP at PNC Mortgage where he was responsible for core servicing for all mortgage and consumer products for the bank, as well as for the home lending integration as PNC combined the mortgage and home equity products onto the Black Knight MSP platform.“The background Adam has developed at regulated banks and his deep experience managing large-scale servicing operations for both primary mortgages and home equity credit give LoanCare a valuable advantage as we expand to serve more customers,” said Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare.In this executive leadership position, Saab is responsible for leading LoanCare’s effective and cohesive operations management team in managing business plan objectives, maximizing client business opportunities and meeting customer service goals and standards.Prior to joining PNC Mortgage, Saab spent 14 years at CitiFinancial Mortgage Company, where he held various positions in default servicing. At the time of his departure, he was SVP of the foreclosure and post default processes, overseeing 2,100 associates in both domestic and offshore sites.Saab has held key management roles in regulatory compliance issues such as, the consent order, National Mortgage Settlement, and implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations.“Adam is going to take LoanCare to the next level,” Worrall said. Adam Saab COO LoanCare 2017-06-09 Staff Writer Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Tiffany Malm-Ruiz to Oversee REO at USRES Next: Debt Level Among Top Disagreements for Couple Homebuyers Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Featured / LoanCare Announces Adam Saab as COO June 9, 2017 4,047 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Adam Saab COO LoanCare Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago LoanCare Announces Adam Saab as COO  Print This Postlast_img read more

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Melbourne View post tag: completes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense Share this article Following several weeks of intense training, in trying environmental conditions, HMAS Melbourne fought valiantly for Mission Readiness as she prepared her forthcoming deployment.Inclement weather, a condensed time frame for the training program and adjacent Fleet activities created some unique challenges as the Ship’s company proved their ability to achieve the required competencies. The sea phase of Melbourne’s Mission Readiness work-up took place over a two-week period. More than 40 embarked personnel from Sea Training Group (STG) added to the Ship’s complement of 230.Mission Readiness work-ups are specifically designed to train personnel using scenarios that incorporate expected challenges and potential exigencies for each operational deployment. Melbourne’s work-up culminated in a three-day evaluation period – where the Ship was assessed in its ability to execute mission-related tasks as part of a coalition task force whilst dealing with associated contingencies.Outgoing Commander Sea Training – Major Fleet Units, Captain Mick Harris said ships that undergo a Mission Readiness Evaluation (MRE) can expect the program to be challenging, tiring and unpredictable, similar to those experienced in real operational conditions.“The Ship has no idea what to expect, or the order in which they will receive the tasking. Sea Training Group controls the Ship for that period, and an MRE is the closest emulation of operational tasking Navy imposes within a training environment,” Captain Harris said.“For a ship to be deemed mission ready, the assessed ship will be put through its paces. This ranges from specific war-fighting scenarios to international engagement activities. Each challenge and scenario pushes a ship to develop contingencies, which meet the competencies required of them by Fleet Commander for their deployment.”Air operations were one of the elements assessed in Melbourne’s MRE. Melbourne’s embarked helicopter Dominator was exposed to a range of maritime interception operations in the training scenarios during work-ups in the great East Australian Exercise Area and confines of Jervis Bay. The integration of air support is frequently used during boarding operations by Major Fleet Unit’s and it is critical that personnel are well trained.Dominator proved to be a very reliable force multiplier for Melbourne and conducted two Surface Search sorties a day and provided close protection during boarding scenarios.[mappress]Press Release, July 15, 2013; Image: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Melbourne Completes MRE HMAS Melbourne Completes MRE View post tag: MRE Training & Education View post tag: Navy July 15, 2013 View post tag: HMASlast_img read more

first_imgGraeme McDowell expects the cream to rise to the top during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne but is feeling confident about Ireland’s chances. The Northern Irishman, who finished fourth in the Race to Dubai, is respectful of the Royal Melbourne course but thinks he and team-mate Shane Lowry will make it through to Sunday’s play. “You’ve really got to respect it. You really have to pay attention to what you’re doing out there because the wrong shot on the wrong line and the wrong shape at any given moment can get you in all sorts of trouble,” McDowell told the Herald Sun. Press Association “Scotty’s just one of those guys who you play with and think to yourself, ‘Why is this guy not winning every week?’ He’s that impressive,” McDowell said. “I had the pleasure, or displeasure, of playing with him in the last round of the Open championship last year, but I knew it was only a matter of time before he developed into the player that he is. “He has always been an awesome player.” The money focus at the event has shifted from team to individual honours, with 7million US dollars (£4.3million) in prize money to be divided among the 60-man field, including 1.2million US dollars (£740,000) going to the winner. In contrast, only 1million US dollars (£620,000) has been allocated for the teams event, with money only being split between the top three teams. Despite this, McDowell’s focus is on team glory. He said: “We’re big on the team element. The World Cup will always be about the winning team and we’re passionate about standing there as the winning team on Sunday night.” Meanwhile, Siddikur Rahman will make history when he tees off in Melbourne. The 29-year-old will become the first Bangladeshi player to take part in the tournament, two weeks after claiming his second Asian Tour title when he won the Hero Indian Open. “I’m really excited and I’m glad to play in this tournament. I’m proud with what I have achieved,” Rahman said. “I have received a lot of messages from my fans and friends on Facebook and emails and they are encouraging me to play well and it’s good for me and good for golf in Bangladesh.” “I feel like it will bring the cream to the top, for sure. The top players will shine and the less experienced players will have a problem with this golf course. “Shane and I are as good and experienced as anybody this week and, hopefully, we can be playing together late on Sunday afternoon. “It’s just a great track that requires a lot of strategy, a lot of positioning of iron play coming into these fast and firm undulating greens.” McDowell revealed he will approach the course in a slightly different way than would be expected. He added: “You don’t hit many drivers, maybe four or five max out there. “Like a links golf course, the wind can change this course within the space of an hour, change the character of holes when the wind switches direction.” McDowell also hailed Australia’s Adam Scott, who along with Matt Kuchar, is heavy favourite for individual honours at Royal Melbourne. Scott, currently ranked number two in the world behind Tiger Woods, has won back-to-back tournaments – the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, with the latter held at Royal Melbourne last week. last_img read more

first_imgValue Jet airlines, one of Nigeria’s safest airlines with a 100% safety record has thrown its weight behind the Remo Secondary Schools Athletics Championship which began thursday at the Gateway International stadium in Sagamu.The competition,organised by the Falilat Ogunkoya Sports Foundation is for secondary schools in the Remo division of Ogun state and it will serve as a veritable platform to discover talents that can be groomed in time to represent Ogun state at the National Sports Festival holding in Benin,Edo state in March/April next year and those that can be groomed to reprsent in the future.The brain behind the event, Falilat Ogunkoya is grateful to Value Jet and its owner,Kunle Soname for backing the competition and believes the talents discovered at this competition will forever be grateful to Soname,also an Remo indigene for giving them the opportunity to be noticed. “This is a dream come true for me and I am grateful to Mr Soname for identifying with our objective which is to give boys and girls in the Remo division of Ogun state the opportunity to showcase their talents.“Through his company,Value Jet, the first Remo Sceondary Schools Athletics Championships is a reality,’said Ogunkoya,the reigning African 400m record (49.10) holder and two-time Olympic medallist.Ogunkoya is also delighted that the South West Athletics Association has identified with her.“Schools from the six south western states of Nigeria have been invited for the South West Athletics Relays to add colour to the competition,’said Ogunkoya who remains the only Nigerian athlete ever to be ranked number one in any event following her number one ranking in 1998 after winning the 400m event at the Grand Prix Final in Moscow,Russia.Some of the Southwest schools that have indicated interest are:Brightville College Ibadan,Ayodele Comprehensive College Oyo,Progressive College Modakeke,Trailblaizer College Ilesa,Aquinas College Akure,Oyemekun Grammar School Akure among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe schools are in the same city, the same league and they share the same stadium for playing games. All this makes the rivalry between La Serna High School and California High understandable. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week An added incentive tonight is gaining a fresh start in what is generally referred to as the second season, as teams begin league play. And both La Serna, which brings a 4-1 nonleague record into the fray, and California, which is 3-2 and riding a two-game winning streak, have designs on ending Santa Fe’s four-year reign atop the Del Rio League. La Serna also has a modest two-game winning streak, with victories over El Monte (34-13) and Century (48-7) in its most recent outings. The game figures to hinge on which team can control the other’s quarterback, seeing as how Matt Petropulos and Mitch LeVier lead their respective teams in both rushing and passing. La Serna’s Petropulos has rushed for 424 yards and five touchdowns, and has completed 34 of 61 passes for 504 yards and four TDs. He’s been intercepted once. He also is the Lancers’ top return guy, averaging just more than 20 yards per kickoff return. Spencer Fields, with 213 yards and an average of 9.8 yards per carry, and and Justen Medina, with five touchdowns and averaging 4.8 yards per carry, have been major contributors to the ground game. But there is much more at stake when their athletic programs meet, as they will in football tonight at California High. Many of the athletes grew up playing with or against each other in youth programs, and bragging rights for the next year are at stake. center_img Anthony Rivera tops the receivers with 20 catches for 241 yards, but Franz Schweis appears to be the big-play receiver with just three catches, two of them for touchdowns, and averaging 47 yards a catch. Linebackers Joey Torres (32 tackles), Jacob Gonzalez (27 tackles/6 sacks), Nick Alvarez (26 tackles/4 sacks) and Clint LaVigne (23 tackles/6 sacks) and lineman Garett Yonemoto (6 sacks) key a defense that is giving up just 14 points a game. California’s LeVier has rushed for 194 yards and five touchdowns,and is 30 for 69 for 436 yards and two touchdowns passing. He’s been intercepted four times. He also has returned two kickoffs for 165 yards and one score. Sharing the rushing load for the Condors are Josh Gutierrez (44-190-2), Dominic Rivera (37-182-5) and Matt Navarro (28-113-2), all of them averaging more than 4 yards per carry. Trent Howard (7-108), Matt Davis (7-86) and Robert Arriola (6-124-2) have been LeVier’s main targets, with Arriola averaging 20.7 yards per catch. Like the Lancers, linebackers dominate the Condors’ defensive statistics. Terry Hackney (32 tackles), Howard (31 tackles), Andrew Ojinaga (28 tackles/3 sacks) and James McCrory (28 tackles/3 sacks), along with free safety Hector Saenz (23 tackles) and end Albert Zambrano (20 tackles) have been the leaders. @Tagline columnist:Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgAnd now for something completely tiresome.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Coliseum’s name is about to be changed for the fifth time in 21 years. RingCentral, a Belmont communications firm, has purchased the naming rights to the maligned stadium for three years at a cost of $3 million. The deal includes an option for a fourth year.“We have a contract that we are finalizing right now,” Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben told the Chronicle. “The goal is to …last_img read more

first_imgThe giant baobab surrounded by the flagsof the 32 qualifying nations. A calabash, identical to the exterior ofthe Soccer City stadium, simmers in the centre of the stage.(Images: Shine2010) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471 • Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524 • Jermaine Craig, media manager 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121 RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup starts on a high note• World Cup concert on song • Star-studded concert for 2010 • 2010 Fifa World Cup background resources • 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guideJanine ErasmusThe 2010 Fifa World Cup opening ceremony showcased the vibrancy of Africa and the colour and diversity of South Africa, the host nation.Thousands of fans packed into the magnificent calabash, Soweto’s Soccer City, to witness the official opening of the first World Cup ever to take place on African soil.At the start of the ceremony, conceived by music arranger Lebo M, the five airplanes of the Silver Falcons, the South African Air Force’s aerobatic display team, swooped over the stadium as fans wept and bowed their heads with the emotion of the moment. The jets made another flyover at the end of the ceremony, trailing plumes of smoke.Vuvuzelas rang out around the ground, but would be respectfully hushed a short while later during speeches and the national anthems.Young South African imbongi or praise singer Zolani Mkiva, the Poet of Africa, opened the proceedings with a passionate performance. The centre of the stage was then filled with 1 500 exuberant dancers of all shapes, sizes and ages.Many fans did not make it to the stadium in time for the ceremony because of gridlocked traffic, but those who were there were entertained by the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, TKZee and HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, the legendary Osibisa of Ghanaian origin, and Algerian singing star Khalid who performed his Arabic smash hit “Didi”.Tenor Timothy Moloi sang the Nelson Mandela-supported anthem “Hope”, which contains a spoken message from the former president and fervent sports fan. Siphiwo Ntshebe, who sang the version on Listen Up, the official Worfld Cup album, was chosen by Mandela to perform the track but died suddenly in May after a bout of meningitis.R&B superstar R Kelly sang the World Cup anthem “Sign of Victory” with the backing of the Soweto Spiritual Singers.The dancers operated a large dung beetle puppet, which rolled away an oversized Jabulani football. To the beat of African rhythms they also constructed a giant smoking calabash or cooking pot and then Africa’s iconic baobab tree on the raised platform in the middle of the stage.Other highlights included a map of Africa made of large sheets of coloured cloth, a tribute to all nations who took part in the qualifying stages and one to the 32 teams that did make it through, and the World Cup logo artfully put together like a jigsaw puzzle by youngsters wearing different coloured clothing.Let the games beginAn hour later, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and South African president Jacob Zuma took to the field for the formalities ahead of the opening game between South Africa and Mexico.Blatter congratulated South Africa for the impressive arrangements and all the hard work that went into preparing for this day. He thanked the country for its hospitality and dedication before handing over to President Jacob Zuma, who was to declare the tournament officially open.Zuma alluded to former president Nelson Mandela’s absence – the elder statesman was expected to grace the occasion but the tragic death of his young great grand-daughter, as she returned from the inaugural kickoff concert the night before, plunged the Mandela family into mourning and prevented Mandela’s appearance.“Madiba sends a message – the game must start,” said Zuma. “You must enjoy the game.”He continued, “The time for Africa has come. It has arrived. Allow me to say I am honoured and privileged to be given an opportunity to declare the 2010 Fifa World Cup open.”The dignitaries were then introduced to both teams and the match officials. Once the two national anthems had been enthusiastically sung by both camps, Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov, whose own football career was cut short by injury, blew the whistle to get the tournament underway.To the delight of their South African supporters, Bafana Bafana went on to hold their opponents to a 1-1 draw and scored a point in their Group A opening match, continuing the tradition of hosts not losing their opening games.According to Google the search term “world cup opening ceremony 2010 live” was the ninth most popular search during the ceremony’s duration.SAMA-nominated R&B singer, Timothy Moloi, is to stand in for the late Siphiwo Ntshebe, whose sudden death on May 27, 2010 shook the music world. Ntshebe had been chosen by Mandela to convey a global message of hope at the opening of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Moloi will sing the Hope track, which is believed to contain a spoken message of hope and compassion from Mandela.last_img read more

first_img The forum will be chaired in its inaugural year by the United States and Brazil. The 38 new OGP countries will develop their own country action plans in consultation with civil society, to be announced at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March 2012. US President Barack Obama, speaking at the launch, said that open societies, economies and governments together made the “strongest foundation for human progress”. He added that the Partnership came at a good time, with people across the Middle East and North Africa pushing for their governments to represent and serve them, and with emerging democracies worldwide showing how “innovations in open government” could increase prosperity and justice.Constitution, press freedom Zuma, in his address to the gathering, said South Africa’s Constitution “specifically provides for the establishment of independent institutions to safeguard and enforce openness, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and ethical governance in the public and private spheres.” The country’s “Chapter 9 institutions” – the Public Protector, Human Rights Commission, Auditor-General, Independent Electoral Commission, Gender Commission and Commission on Traditional, Linguistic and Religious Communities – were “an important armoury in promoting and protecting the rights of our citizens,” Zuma said. The country also prided itself “on having freedom of expression and media freedom that are enshrined in the Constitution.Informed citizens, efficient public service “We also regard the development of an efficient, effective and development-oriented public service and an informed and empowered citizenry as key tools in the promotion of open government,” Zuma said. “We promote citizen engagement and participation through direct contact with citizens by undertaking visits to hear their suggestions and concerns and to monitor service delivery.” South Africa also had a number of institutions specifically mandated with “preventing and investigating acts of corruption, as this is one of our key national priorities”. Zuma said the government was consulting with civil society in drafting an open government country action plan, and would also continue to in the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, which encourages governments to improve governance, including openness and service delivery to their populations. SAinfo reporter Increasing the availability of information about governmental activities.Supporting civic participation.Implementing the highest standards of professional integrity throughout their administrations.Increasing access to new technologies for openness and accountability. 21 September 2011 The principles of openness, transparency and accountability are built into and guaranteed protection by South Africa’s Constitution, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the Open Government Partnership – of which SA is one of eight founding governments – in New York this week. Zuma joined 45 other world leaders on Tuesday in formally launching the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments, in partnership with civil society, to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At the launch, the eight OGP steering committee governments – the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the UK – delivered their OGP action plans, signed a declaration of principles, and welcomed 38 new countries into the effort.Open Government Declaration Zuma joined the leaders of the other seven national founders in declaring their respective governments’ commitment to:last_img read more

first_imgImage by R. DiPietro-WellsThis month the Early Intervention team brings you a unique interview with a dad who is also a soldier.  We are grateful for his willingness to share his experiences and knowledge with us.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What were the ages of your children when you were deployed?My children are ages 13, 9, and 7 years old.What were some things you did to prepare yourself for being separated from your children prior to your deployment?I make time for them. My wife and I try hard to bring everyone together as much as we can prior to each deployment. I am blessed with a good amount of time off prior to deploying and we just try to enjoy as much time together as possible.What were some things you did to prepare your children for your deployment?I give each child a “special a day with Dad” prior to deployment. My boys opted to share their day with me and we went to a college basketball game. We had a boys’ night out and a fun road trip that included a stop at Krispy Kreme!For my daughter I checked her out of school one day and took her shopping. We went to Build a Bear and I helped her pick out a new stuffed animal. I had my voice recorded and put inside so she could hear me while I am away.Whenever I am away for extended periods of time we do a “Kisses from Dad” jar. My wife has a large glass jar we fill with a Hershey kiss for each of them per day I am expected to be gone. The kids enjoy taking one out each day as a countdown until I return.  It can be shocking at first to see how many kisses are in the jar but they enjoy seeing them disappear in anticipation of my return. It is worth noting that she has had to adjust the amount while they are sleeping sometimes due to unexpected changes in redeployment but overall they have enjoyed this concept.Please describe the conversations you had with your spouse prior to your deployment in regards to supporting her and your children.We have some very private talks and I am very open with her about the dangers at hand and my wishes for her and the family if something happens to me. Those topics are extremely difficult to talk about but there needs to be an openness and honesty in order to bring peace of mind to both spouses. Unfortunately I have seen too many friends pass away and it is extremely sad to see the burden laid on the spouse to make many decisions in a time of mourning and shock; there are things that could have been settled and talked about together prior to deployment. These are never easy talks but something I feel is necessary.We made an extensive “honey to do list” of things that would alleviate stress for her while I was away. None of them were very intensive, just things that would have been a pain for her to have to deal with while I was not there to help. I worked to accomplish everything on the list and the things I couldn’t get done I found someone to do them while I was away or I told my wife to pay for them while I was gone.My wife is quite independent and will go out of her way not to inconvenience others. Knowing this, I asked close friends and family I knew she would be comfortable with, to check in on her periodically and offer help because I knew she wouldn’t ask. For example, a man from our church volunteers to cut our lawn while I am away. People are willing to help but they need to know what we need. Unfortunately some people simply don’t ask for help.What were some of your main fears and/or concerns regarding your children’s well being when you were deployed?I have an amazing wife who seems at times to have been specifically programmed to be a military spouse. She handles the stress of the kids and the household extremely well. My concerns usually revolve around me not being there to support her and balance things out. While I am away it is difficult for my wife to simultaneously play the multiple roles required of her on a daily basis. The many roles of a parent can be overwhelming to any person parenting alone but throw in the added stress of knowing your spouse is in harms way and it can be overwhelming.Another fear is that the added stress can cause friction on the relationships between the kids and my wife, along with the distance between the kids and myself. It is hard to remain emotionally close without being physically close. Staying close as a family unit is my largest concern while I am away.What were some ways you were able to stay connected with your children when you were deployed?I have had to force myself to walk away from my work and make time to talk to my spouse and my children. I routinely have to counsel others to do the same. Time zone changes and operational demands can make staying connected extremely difficult. You have to make time and do what you can to make it happen. Your family appreciates the effort made even if the communication is sporadic. It is important they understand they are still a priority in your life.The topic of communication also relates to realistic expectations for both parties and having the hard talks prior to deployments. Prior to leaving I try to let my wife know how much she should expect to hear from me and what it might mean if she hasn’t heard from me for a long period of time. By having realistic expectations she can calm her nerves if my operational tempo picks up or takes me away from normal communication.Fifteen years ago I remember being happy to make a phone once in a while but now there is wifi in some of the most remote areas of the world. While operational security should always be adhered to, it is much easier to stay connected today than in years past. I have been able to FaceTime with my spouse and children in some places while audio calls were all that was afforded in others. We normally have the longest gaps in communication when I am out on actual operations.Please describe your transition back home. Did you do anything to prepare yourself and/or your children? Were there any challenges?Transitioning home is something that often gets overlooked and something for which both sides need to prepare. Many people are aware of specific combat related concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and other adjustment related issues. However, I want to share a few other examples that could cause martial friction if not discussed prior to returning home.Kitchen duties: When deployed I eat prepared meals on paper plates with plastic utensils. I grab a drink and then scarf down my food at a rapid rate. Upon finishing, I throw it all away and go back to work. No thought is ever put into where the food came from, when or how it was cooked, who provided the service ware, etc. In my mind they magically appear at scheduled hours.No family in America has a military kitchen staff working military hours in their home. Nor do they typically have an endless supply of paper plates and plastic utensils in a bin by the entryway. There is grocery shopping to do, meals to make, and dishes to do. Sometimes service members need to prepare themselves just to come back to a normal kitchen.Quiet time: While deployed I spend a lot of time in silent or quiet areas. I am married with three kids which means that this is a busy, noisy home to which I must readjust. This takes preparation and intentional effort.A sense of urgency: When deployed I am often called upon to meet unrealistic expectations and work an unreasonable amount of hours; many times to address life or death situations. Life is truly on the line and seconds do matter. While this is extremely stressful it is quite rewarding when done successfully. However, when transitioning home after months of these kinds of demands, the request to pick up cheese on the way home before Taco Tuesday, while heroic in its own right, pales in comparison in the mind of the warrior.Intimacy: This is an area a couple should discuss throughout the deployment so neither partner is expecting different things when transition happens.Time with the fellow service members: Team camaraderie while deployed in combat is something hard to put into words. I have a hard time explaining the bond made with these individuals but it is safe to say transitioning home means spending less time with them. While I welcome the idea of spending more time with my family, many service members build a bond in war that leaves them feeling depressed or alone when similar bonds are not found in their life back home. It is hard to replicate the camaraderie at home that is experienced overseas.Survivor’s remorse: One of the hardest things I ever did was go home from deployments where fellow team members had died. Realizing you are going home while others will never see their loved ones again is very difficult to comprehend and even harder to accept. It needs to be talked about and people need to be told it is ok to feel horrible that you are still alive.I have learned over time there is no greater act a person can do than to pour his or herself into the lives of their loved ones. When I was younger I had trouble transitioning home. Now with more age and experience, I gladly count down the days anxiously awaiting redeployment home. Healthy discussion and expectation management has helped me tremendously.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more