I finally did it.  I returned to Arizona where this all began so many years ago.  In 1996, when I left the Marine Corps Air Station located in Yuma, Arizona, I was so relieved.  I was relieved of the heat, the desert, the empty feeling of being left behind in what became a less important job specialty.  The HAWK Missile System Operator command — then known as the Light Anti Aircraft Missile Battalion — was being phased out of service in favor of the U.S. Army's Patriot missile defense system, and the U.S. Marine Corps' Stinger missile battalions that were located all over the United States and abroad. I was stepping into the unknown with an application, and subsequent orders, to attend the esteemed Marine Security Guard program, that was located in Quantico, Virginia.  I was often teased for having obtained orders to attempt to pass this rigorous course at such a young age.  Both short on time in the Marine Corps, and short on duty with just over a year serving in Yuma, man...