Written by Carol Frank Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
After four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Captain Christopher Blaha of the 2nd Infantry Division is back in the states at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Washington before he begins his next assignment. And after faithfully serving in dangerous missions in the world’s hot spots, where will he be sent? Next stop, Hawaii.
will be stationed at Ft. Shafter which is just outside Honolulu and will be responsible for assisting the National Guard in their training for active duty. He will be deployed there for 2 years and it will be a welcome change for him and his many friends and family here in Great Neck. After that he will attend school for a year, an intermediate level of education on military studies, “how the army runs.”
Captain Blaha says, “Military experience has been great for me. I’m fully supportive of encouraging young people to consider service. Whatever occupation you’re interested in, there’s something for you in the Army, Marines or Air Force. Just do your research.”
In Captain Blaha’s most recent assignment in Iraq, his special task involved the logistics of the operation, purchasing equipment and supplies for the battalion. As he prepares to leave for Hawaii, his ability to handle difficult situations is again being challenged. This time the challenge is Dennis, the massive, yellow cat who captured his heart years ago when he was at Fort Benning and has patiently waited at home during his deployments. Now, Dennis must be subjected to what he evidently considers to be ignominious torture, numerous shots required for animals immigrating to Hawaii. Dennis has developed quite a reputation at the vet’s office where it takes all staff aboard to wrestle him into quasi-submission for the inoculations and Captain Blaha is once more in the role of making peace between wary and warring parties.