May 31, 2011, 3:40 p.m.
This is an excerpt from a letter I wrote during my deployment at Bagram Airfield in 2009.
In other news…"Attila" the roommate has moved out! Woo-who!! It did not end on a good note. In fact, after talking to my boss last night in casual conversation, he is tempted to approach her commander about her behaviors. You see, I haven’t had to “Go Captain” on someone in YEARS. I typically forge a working relationship with the people I work with (superiors and subordinates), and that relationship is based on mutual respect and trust. I have NEVER had ‘insubordination issues.’ Besides, despite what you all may think, I really do not prefer confrontation. Don’t get me wrong…harm or disrespect my family (especially my child), AND IT’S ON!! Even then though, I’m kind of a wuss. Well 'the straw the broke the camel’s back' occurred.
Long story VERY short, during an attack on base, I was tasked to do accountability for our dorm floor. (Imagine, middle of the night, rockets flying over head…not knowing when the next one will come, everyone in full gear, and I’m running from bunker to bunker for cover and then to our dorm to make sure we had everyone or knew where everyone was…a pretty serious task!) She blatantly disrespected me in front of a hall full of subordinates. Put it this way…you know it’s bad when a senior enlisted member comes up to me and says, “Ma’am, you ARE going to handle that, right?” My response was, “Yes, when the time is appropriate.” I maintained my calm and after the situation was over, in our room, I confronted her. Again, this letter is not a good forum to give you the details of what happened…I just kept saying to myself, “Self – you don’t want to go to prison!” In summary, she ‘volunteered’ to move out.
Tabitha = 1
Attila the Roommate = 0