Update. . .
Papa Ray predicted correctly. MDG was delayed about 31 hours out of Kirkuk and is now sitting in a tent in Kuwait waiting for a flight out. Unfortunately, it looks like he will be spending a few days there. After he came home on leave in August I learned my lesson not to expect smooth traveling. Hope for the best and brace for the worst! Its hard not to get discouraged though. Dealing with the military gives me so many opportunities to practice patience!
Hang in there Sweetie. I love you