Especially for a father.
"I just exercise, study, things like that. Visit with them, talk to them on the Internet when I can," CW2 Cory Shelton said.
Shelton's kids don't understand time yet. That can be bittersweet since his daughter Cindy still finds fascination out of his deployment.
"He goes in the Army, flying on a helicopter," said 4-year-old Cindy.
But the battallion is made up of more than just dads, or men. Spc. Krystal Saverse will be the lone female soldier.
"I'm with a really great group of guys. They treat me like a little sister," said Spc. Saverse.
It's her first deployment, and it's beginning to sink in.
"Now everything is really real so it's getting really scary," Saverse said.
But remembering the mission helps her keep it all together. The soldiers will assist in medical evacuations, but Cindy sums it up a little better.
"Whenever they get hurt they need to go to the doctor," Cindy said.
Out of the mouth of babes.
The soldiers will serve a year-long tour in Kosovo.