English Department Colleagues, Students, and Friends:
I'm just about two days out from beginning of my deployment. I'm pretty much packed and ready to go. I figured this would be a good time to express my deep gratitude to the entire department -- not only for the amazingly generous gifts of the Kindle and Amazon gift cards (extra thanks to Karen and Gwen for organizing it), but also for the outpouring of friendship and concern. That's something that I'll definitely take that with me (along with the Kindle).
Once I get settled in, I'll drop the department a note with my contact information.