So the "hello" was also on my laptop and I didn't see the message till last night. Apparently he's filled out his leave paperwork, but doesn't have firm dates still. At least that means he's still in queue and they haven't found him, how do you say .... indespensible? Indespensible. That's what I thought.
For those of you who didn't understand the previous quote, go out immediately and rent "Top Secret" with Val Kilmer. If you have kids, fast forward through the jail scene.
Thank you to the Bob and Mary S. family for providing funding for a package to go out to Daniel.