This morning, my email contained a fantastic article, 'Rear D' Moves Into High Gear As Tragedy Strikes. I thought this was a spectacular example of the importance of a good Rear D and I was so impressed with the people profiled in this story.
In an interesting coincidence, Joan D'Arc just published A Strange Feeling, about how she has reacted to her husband's unit leaving without him. I absolutely understand her feelings. For many warrior families, the idea of missing "the show" is a hard concept.
So, where do these two things come together? Truthfully, the jobs taken on by a Rear Detachment can make or break a deployment for a family. A good Rear D commander, and a good team, are the backbone that help families thrive, and that makes it easier for the troops to keep their mind on their jobs. And honestly, I really want those troops to be thinking about their jobs, not about what is happening at home.
I, for one, am delighted when the Rear D is made up of smart, committed people. I know the job will be done well, and everyone will benefit. I've always tried to remind my friends who are sad that they are serving in a Rear D that the families will be glad to have them. I know they aren't delighted, but they are serving in an important role.
To all those who have to, get to, or choose to serve in a Rear D: Thank You.