Got some good news today!
We were given the go ahead today from the MEPS doctor, so our plans are as concrete as we can ever expect. Tim will be shipping out to Air Force Basic Training at next Tuesday, May 26th. Basic is held at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, and if everything goes as planned Tim should graduate BMT on the 24th of July.
After that the plans get a bit hazy, but we do know that he will be heading out to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi for Tech School and that we expect his graduation to be sometime around November.
And some more slightly related photos from my arsenal:
This is a photo of Tim taking his enlistment oath on June 13th, 2008 (We haven’t decided if it is an omen that Tim signed his enlistment contract on Friday the 13th…. though it wouldent suprise me!) The officers working at the MEPSstation were very nice and let me sneak into the room for the oath to take pictures
And this is the Naval Officer who lead the enlistment ceremony. I could kick myself for not writing down his name at the time. He was fascinating to talk to, and gave a very heartfelt inspiring speech.
Please excuse the quality of these photos – the camera I was using had recently had a near death experience in the Pacific Ocean, needless to say it was just barely hobbling on.
Well, to be honest, the countdown started a looooooooong time ago, its just recently that I started ticking off the days.
So, most of our friends and family probably know that Tim has signed a six year enlistment contract with the Air Force. His contract is for Computer Systems Operations, which was his first choice of jobs.
Well, after a year of red tape, begging for waivers, a truckload of (probably silly) questions for our recruiter, having to endure a poorly timed surgery, and more false starts than I would like to acknowledge – We are finally approaching a date that actually looks like it might be serious for Tim to ship out to his Basic Training.
Of course, we won’t know that for sure until tomorrow morning. Tim is right now down at a fancy-shmancy hotel in Denver so that tomorrow he can have his feet inspected at MEPS(I have to sit here and laugh at the fact that we’ve jumped through so many hoops the last few months for a silly little toe. Ah Murphy, I gotta give you credit for that lovely irony!) I have to admit that I’ve been fighting a slight battle of nerves all day as it was this step back in February that set us back so far. But Tim has been as cool and suave about it as he can muster – I do admire him for it, though I don’t have any clue how he managed that.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I am feeling about all of this, and as to be expected my feelings are very mixed. But long story short, I am excited for our new adventure – even with all of the growing pains I know we will have to endure. I am confident that we will get through this just fine, and that we will be stronger and better people for it.
What I do know, is that I am really proud of Tim.
And to make this post a little less than boring – here is a photo Marguerite sent me of Tim in his dress uniform back when he was in Army ROTC at K-State.