Hi Cliff and welcome to the Forum,
Sounds like you are getting a nice cross section of advice. One of the many frustrations with this disease is having to figure out the best option of treatment for you. Unfortunately none of us has a crystal ball to see what our outcome would be with each treatment. Would that we could. So, you have to look at your situation, your age, your basic gut instincts, your medical options for doctors and learn about the procedures and then come to some kind of decision. Not easy, is it! We sort of all wish there was just one way to treat this, but there isn't. Some people don't get diagnosed until their AN is quite large, and then they usually have little options. Since yours is small, you have options. You have to hassle with military doctors, though, and I don't know how that works for you. I mean, if you wanted to do CK with Dr. Chang at Stanford, would they let you do that? Could you pick the doctors at HEI in Los Angeles if you wanted or do you have to go to a military hospital? I'm just curious.
My nephew is in Hawaii at the moment. He is in the Marines and is at Ft. Smith. He will be leaving soon and is heading back to Okinawa, which he loves. He likes the beaches there and doesn't like living in expensive Hawaii, so he is happy to return on Okinawa.
Anyway, I hope everything goes smoothly for you. And, yeah, I think your combat days are over, which, as far as I'm concerned, is a good thing. You certainly don't want to have to turn to somebody and say, What? after they have said, DUCK!.
Hang in there,
Sue in Vancouver, USA