• Deserving Airman Commissioning Package

    An Exercise in Patience

    The “Hurry Up and Wait” phrase is a bit of a cliche in the military, but sadly, there’s so much truth to it.   That’s where I am right now, with my future in a holding pattern, waiting to hear…

  • BMT: Reuniting at Graduation

    BMT: Reuniting at Graduation

    As your graduation looms near, your family and friends will probably start freaking out about whether or not they’ll be able to see you during Retreat (the coin ceremony) or at Parade, amongst all of the 800+ trainees.  Fear not,…

  • BMT: Retreat

    This is it!  Retreat, sometimes known as the “coin ceremony,” is when you’ll officially become an Airman.  The flights are lined up in numerical order along the street, prepared to march onto the retreat pad, moving forward as flights file…

  • In Your Shoes

    See that smiling girl, with the makeup-free face, pulled-back hair, and red identification bracelet [to spot friends from my FB May Shippers group]?  The one sporting glasses during the daytime?  That’s me of course, in my last few hours of…

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    Struggling with Separation

    It’s been a while since I’ve laid it all on the table for your folks, and at the risk of criticism and judgment, it’s time to be straight with you. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t second guess…

  • BMT: Murphy's Law

    BMT: Murphy’s Law

    Military families are no stranger to Murphy’s Law.  I was a military spouse before I became a service member, so I was used to the idea that things go to hell when your service member leaves.  As soon as they…

  • BMT: photo Brother and Sister Flights

    BMT: Brother and Sister Flights

    The question came up recently of what the purpose or significance was between brother and sister flights.  I throw out the phrase quite a bit, so I thought I’d do a formal post on the topic. Squadrons are set up so that each…

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    Goodbyes and Friendly Skies Air Force OTS

      The day finally came.  I’ve been simultaneously waiting for this and dreading this for what seems like forever.  I started the Deserving Airman Commissioning Program (DACP) in the fall of 2012 and met the board in December.  Enter the…

  • BMT: The Airman’s Run

    The Airman’s Run is the first event of graduation weekend at BMT, and therefore the first time your family will see you and you’ll “see” them.  Why the quotation marks?  That’s because you’re not supposed to break military bearing and…

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    BMT: Mail Call!

    In addition to Sundays, you’re going to be living for mail call, let me tell you!  There’s tons of information about mail out there, but let me add a few key pieces of information.  Pass this along to your family…

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