We had a sort of joke around base the last week of DTS - Nigel's iPod had a countdown timer til home set u for multiple people, and randomly someone would yell "Nigel what we at?!" and he'd respond with so many days, hours, seconds, and we'd all chuckle and talk about what the first food we were going to order would be, who we wished was going to be at the airport, how excited we were for snow, etc. It was our way of keeping the atmosphere lighter. Even with the week of debrief, I don't think anyone returned home as easily as we thought it was going to be.
One IMF the coolest things that came out of this was all the friendships! We have accountability between each other, keep in contact through Facebook, texting, Skype, etc. I have friends all over the world!!