Deployment Essentials

Those of you sisters in arms know that preparing for a deployment can be extremely stressful. I truly believe that the deployment tasking itself isn’t as stressful as getting here. Checklist on top of checklist! Not to mention, making sure finances and family members are in check. Although there is a ton to write about deployments, I just want to focus on Blog Essentials. What did I pack for my journey?

Outside of the mandatory items, what are some musts you should pack for a deployment? For me, I needed my electronics and hair products. See my list

iPad Mini (upgraded to iPad pro): It’s easy to carry around and for me, I am able to use for work. When I conduct food inspections, I load the forms and complete the forms on my iPad. Also, my iPad is great for the long boring plane ride. Although there was a moving playing, if I wanted to just listen to music, read, or watch my own movie, my iPad was there. I was able to Facetime my parents during some stops on the way to my location. I personally use my iPad for everything. I even jotted some Blog ideas.

Macbook: I originally did not arrive with a laptop because I try to use my iPad for everything. I actually tried numerous times to talk myself out of buying a new laptop. Unfortunately, I caved in when I decided to enroll into classes during my time here. I am aware that I could’ve used my iPad for my classes but I must having a keyboard is a blessing.

Fitbit: Since you’re going to be walking everywhere, might as well make a competition doing it. Also, most people become fitness freaks when deployed because there’s simply nothing else to do with the time.

GoPro Session: Totally not needed but I like recording my WODs.

Hair products: I’m a natural sister! You know I need my products. It’s already hard maintaining natural hair while being in the military. It’s harder while being deployed. Only for the simple fact that you’re not in you’re own bathroom at home and this extremely HOT weather!

Workout clothes: Well, you definitely will have your PT gear because it’s mandatory. I’m talking about CUTE workout clothes. One it makes you feel like an actual human again when wearing civilian clothes and not just a uniform. Also, we all know having cute workout clothes boosts your gains!

Headphones: There are many reasons for headphones. One: For the airplane ride. Two: You don’t have to annoy your roommates when you decide to FaceTime your family or with Netflix. Three: For music when working out.

Pictures: Hanging pictures around your living area or office space can boost morale tremendously. I didn’t bring any pictures but I’m thinking about printing some from Facebook for my office.

Now of course, you don’t NEED these things but it’ll make your time a little more tolerable. It’s 2016, who can successfully survive without technology anyways?!

Let me know what essentials you need when deployed OR when staying on long visits.

MarKayla BriAnne

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Bullet My Entire Day | Deployed Version

Typical Wednesday in the desert.

0415: First alarm goes off for gym. Grab sweater and mix preworkout.

0427: Gym time (Leg day. 100 squats, 10 wall balls, 90 goblet squats, 10 wall balls, 80 alternating lunges, 10 wall balls, 70 squats, 10 wall balls)

0516: Head to Drop Zone for Red Bull

0528: back in room to shower. Work at 8am

0635: Alarm goes off *Turn over for more sleep until my next alarm 45 minutes later*

0715: *Alarm goes off*.

0735: Get out of bed to get dressed and braid hair.

0757: *two mins late* Leave room and walk to work

0800: Just on time for work! Since I keep my toothbrush at work (it’s too loud to use in the room) I brush my teeth.

0817: Head to the theatre to give a briefing.

0912: My turn to brief

0917: Back in the office

1000: Food Inspection

1037: Walk to lunch with coworkers *we usually eat early to beat the crowd*

1055: Eat lunch in break room while watching Wheel of Fortune @1100 and Jeopardy @1130
(I’ve never watched these shows back stateside but it’s something to do here)

1139: *tired of Jeopardy* so I head back to my office

1629: Prepare CO2 solution for mosquito trap

1700: set mosquito traps

1733: Walk to chow hall for dinner.

1747: Eat dinner in office

1802: Head to room to shower and change for class

1845: Head to class (Speech 101)

1900: Class starts (only 6 students so doesn’t last the whole two hours)

2013: Back in room

2218: Call it a night because gym at 4am

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Me doing a Food Inspection (Notice I’m using my iPad Pro)

Where Have I Been?! Halloween Costumes in the Desert?!

I’ve been deployed for the past 5 months! I know, I know…I didn’t actually tell anyone. I’m on my second deployment and it’s almost over. 
I’ve learned so much these past 5 months. I’ve lost a treasured friendship but life goes on. I’ve also lost a few friends that paid the ultimate sacrifice. I’m extremely thankful to be able serve with present and past members. I have so much respect for all of my coworkers. I’ve watched a dad coach his son through Facebook Messenger, a mom talk her daughter through cracking an egg, a brother (my boss) give the toast at his brother’s wedding, and so much more. I don’t have a family of my own just yet but it makes my heart smile seeing the guys over here make every effort to keep up with the daily lives of their family.
I cannot wait to get back to my dog. LOL! I remember when I thought I was going to have give him away. The 5 families that was going to take him in ALL backed out. So literally a week before leaving, I was typing a Craigslist post in tears. Although, there were 7 individuals from Craigslist that offered taking him in during my time away, my coworker took him. There is still some good in the world, despite what CNN wants to broadcast. I just cannot wait to see my little bud.
Anyway, that’s enough. Enjoy some pics of my deployment, thus far. Ooooh I forgot to mention that I’m Team Crossfit now. Watch out!!

Also, I started vlogging. I’ve always loved recording my life but I was just afraid to put it on the internet. I’m a basic beginner. Like, NO editing skills whatsoever. I wanted to put my GoPro to some use. I should have more adventures once I return to the States.

Another thing, do any of guys get overwhelmed with Snapchat and Instagram? I want to stick with one platform but I feel like all of my stories should be on both. As far as stories, I am leaning more toward Snapchat. It just seems easier.


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Started using my GoPro Hero Session
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Night Bug Catching
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Who said we couldn’t have costumes in the desert?! We MADE these out of whatever we could find. LOL
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Selfie from Snapchat

MarKayla BriAnne

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