D-day is now January 17th. 156 days away.
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted...it is just so much better having an actual date. The not knowing was really getting to me. Whew. Another good thing - the deployment should be much shorter, as he's still joining the same unit. Hopefully he'll only be gone from January to November-Decemberish.
SO! Whew. That's that. Are you new, and don't know what the hell I'm talking about? You can read some background right here.