Back when I was in the North Carolina National Guard, and six weeks after 9/11, we were mobilized. We all had hopes, visions, and wet dreams about going to Afghanistan. We went to Ft. Bragg.
Our unit was the rear command post for the XVIII Airborne Corps, so it was thought that we could augment the actual HQ while they planned on going to Afghanistan. Of course, we were supposed to go with them.
When the time game to go, half of us were left behind as the rear detachment. That sucked in just about every way. They went on Operation Enduring Freedom, and I stayed back on Operation Enduring Boredom.