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Week 5 (Combined Ops)

I apologize for this being a couple days late (I seem to always get wrapped up in something.) I’ll definitely have to  get better about writing in this blog in the future. But anyways, here is week five and my favorite week here at ASBC.

Week 5 is pretty different when it comes to the other weeks at ASBC. We do a lot of the same stuff in a sense (briefings, Icarus, etc) but our flights are different. (I don’t think I’ve ever explained what a “flight” in the Air Force is, but think of it as a platoon like the army.) My flight (Gryphon Flight 810) has 13 people, all of which are 2d Lts (some have 1st Lts and even a couple Captains.) During Combined Ops we are combined with the SNCO Academy (Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) Academy. This Academy is where Master Sgts/Senior Master Sgt go for training to be a SNCO. These are people that have generally been in 16 years or more, as most are about to sew on Senior Master Sgt. These people are the backbone of the Air Force and are really your go to leadership in the ranks. As a fresh 2d Lt I am a higher rank, but that doesn’t mean that these individuals will respect me, or that I’ll even make the best decision (because as a fresh LT you probably wont.) This combined ops week is to get us in a flight with 6 or 7 senior NCOs and for us (the LTs) to interact with them like we would our normal flight.

Since my step-father was a Technical Sgt in the Air Force I definitely had a perspective of what the enlisted side was like before I ever became an officer. I went into this already knowing that these individuals, and people like them with that rank, deserve respect and mainly for you to go to them for advice on what to do. A SNCO can really make or break your first assignment. You can act like you know everything as a LT and try to boss people around, or you can go to this senior enlisted leader and rely on them for advice and input on what is the best route. They have given a large portion of their lives to the Air Force, and they really do bleed blue. They care about the Air Force more than you can probably understand, so they are here to help you. Some LTs don’t get this concept, but it’s changed more as time goes on (especially if we get training like this during combined ops.) This give us a chance to interact with the SNCO’s and see how they “tick” as well as giving them a chance to see how we “tick.”

I really have to say that I loved this portion of ASBC. My combined flight was awesome, and one of the SNCO’s was actually from the Terre Haute, IN guard unit (how crazy is that considering I’m FROM there.) The Terre Haute guard unit is what I grew up around and is what initially got me into wanting to join the Air Force (of course with the help of my step-dad Martin.) It gave me a little more perspective also, because this woman was 52 (i’m 22.) She joined the Guard well before I was even born, and here I am a higher rank than her. She gave me a coffee mug from the Guard Base on the last day, which really meant a lot to me…It’s the first thing I’ve received as a gift, and it means even more to me considering it’s from the place that got me started in this great Air Force.

The other five SNCO’s were also fantastic, I really have to say that I’m impressed with their professionalism and their performance during this time. Here we are 22/23 years old being called “Sir” by people we grew up calling Sir/Ma’am. Again, it’s surreal.  One of them made me smile on the last day when he gave us all a salute because he enjoyed his time with us so much. Another SNCO was a really big PC gamer, so he and I hit it off.

During Combined Ops we did some classroom stuff, but what I enjoyed most was the perspective exchange and the values discussion. During the perspective exchange the LT’s asked the SNCO’s questions and vice-versa, so we really got a chance to see what they thought about things. The “value exchange” section was probably the best as we were asked as a group questions like “Do you believe the military should allow Gay’s?” And we had to either Agree, Agree with Reservations, Disagree with Reservations, or Disagree and then put ourselves in the respective area in the room. It was always interesting to see the distribution for the questions and most of them were kind of shocking. For instance, only LTs (people my age) were the ones against gay’s in the military…I thought that was crazy, I thought it would have fallen the other way. I also found it interesting how all of these people backed up their beliefs, while I always took the neutral route, because I never made any of these judgments on my personal belief alone. Maybe that’s my political science side, but I’ve never believed that what I may believe is always the only and best way. For instance just because I think something isn’t the way it should be doesn’t mean it should be changed based on one group’s beliefs or feelings. But that’s a blog within itself.

For those of you coming to ASBC, look forward to this section of the course…It was awesome. I wish that the entire course could have been six weeks of this…I really enjoyed it that much.

I just finished our “deployment” phase and the last three days of instruction…Graduation is tomorrow, so a new blog should be up around Monday or so (I’ll be driving this weekend to Del Rio, TX) I just hope the hurricane doesn’t interfere. I’m going to enjoy my little bit of time to travel and go for a little vacation though.

Until Next time! I’m now going to go out to dinner with my flight for the last time =(.

Categories: ASBC, The Journey

Week 4, Briefings, Icarus, and Wargaming

24 June 2010 1 comment

Well the title pretty much sums up week 4 (I’m not even kidding.)

Did our “doctrine briefings”…15 minute long briefing, and I did mine over Nuclear Operations. AFDD 2-17. It really wasn’t that bad and I plowed through the entire thing from Sunday at 4pm to Monday morning at 4am. So I suggest to anyone going to be here at ASBC…Start the briefing early, and don’t plan a weekend get away the weekend before it’s all do. We also had to do a 3 page “position paper.” It really wasn’t bad.

We had another combatives course (our final one.) We did two icarus operations and then on Friday had an Icarus tournament (we lost the first round, but still did well!) We also had our two Wargaming operations which is my “additional duty.” When you get to ASBC you get assigned an additional duty in your flight from Icarus Officer, PT officer, Wargaming, Team Leader, etc. I got to be one of the two wargaming officers. We did pretty well on both of them. Got second out of twelve flights on the first one, and not sure how well we did comparatively on the second one (though I felt it was a better performance than the first.) I was really proud/happy with my flight though.

As a flight (well 9 out of 13 of us) we went Kayaking on the Coosa River. It was really fun, but I was hoping for several more Rapids. Needless to say I really want to go whitewater kayaking and maybe even purchase one (though they are a little pricey) So we’ll see…If I do that I’d have to also put an ugly rack on my car for it…so that’s one downside.

It’s funny to have a new ASBC class here, because we’re no longer the “noobs.” It’s fun being able to pass long some of the stuff we’ve learned to them.

This week is Combined Operations where all of us get split into new flights containing ASBC students from both my class and the class that started last week, as well as Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (people that have been enlisted for 18+ years and are at the top ranks of the enlisted force.) This is definitely the best part of ASBC. But I’ll talk about that when I do the next post!

Thanks for reading, and comments are always welcome!

Categories: ASBC, Training

Week 3 of ASBC and Nashville

I apologize for not getting this up sooner (week 3’s post) but I was in Nashville and also working on the “big” assignment for ASBC (We’ll get to that later)

The Weekend prior to week 3 isn’t all that special, I just relaxed and recouped. So there’s not much to talk about.

Week 3 is probably the 2nd busiest week of ASBC besides Week 4. Well I guess it really depends how much you put the big assignment off if Week 4 is busy or not…For me it’s been pretty relaxing thus far (but that’s for next week’s post.)

Week 3 is pretty similar to week 2 for the most part…a lot of lectures/academic classes. We’ve really started to dive into the doctrine of the USAF as well as operations and the different areas of the Air Force. We had to give a briefing and do a paper this week. I won’t give that many details as I don’t want to spoil the surprise for everyone…The paper was over the biggest challenge I think I’ll face as an Air Force Officer. I focused mine on my tendency to be negative and to then make those around me negative. It happened in ROTC a couple times, and I’ve really been aware of it since then to make sure it doesn’t happen. It just happens when things are going a route I don’t agree with, which definitely isn’t a good trait to have in the Air Force considering that what I think/believe won’t always be the necessary actions taken. This isn’t so much as me being selfish, this is more me trying to give my view/feedback and not being heard…or it just not mattering and things occur when I don’t agree with them. But I’m learning to deal with it and just shut up and color…

We also had an icarus op (where we play for points.) This didn’t go all too well, but we’re learning. We did another round of combatives and also had another “team challenge.” The team challenge was also for points and my flight actually did the best out of any other flight…So that was AWESOME.

We had “Take it to the Max” on Thursday which was a lot of fun. We went to the officers club and had a taco buffet and some beer…while we watched people “duel/joust” with those gladiator type sticks…Our team leader from our flight actually made it to the final round, so that was also pretty cool. Overall it was a pretty good time and allowed the flight to come together more. Hanging out with my flight mates is probably the best part of ASBC.

This past weekend I went to Nashville, TN .It’s like exactly halfway from Indiana to here…so that was a nice place to be able to meet in the middle. The town was ridiculously crazy busy…Bonnaroo was going on (a really massive music festival for rock/alt rock.) The Country Music Awards were going on and with them the CMA music fest/street fest…So the town was pretty busy. I wish I would of had more time so I could have gone to all of it, but I attempted to stray around from the massive crowds and hit the areas no one was really around.

After that I went to Centennial park which was created back in 1897 at the “centennial” of TN being admitted into the United States. It was pretty cool because of all the different parts to it, and the main being the Parthenon, which is a recreation of the one in Greece.  And I walked around downtown for a bit, and saw “the arcade” which is one of the only malls like it still open in the world. Also saw a lot of the cool bars and places to eat downtown, it was definitely pretty neat…You couldn’t even tell there was a flood a month ago. After that I went to Bicentennial park (from 1997) Which I actually liked the most. Every monument or thing in this park was definitely planned and well thought out. On one side was a time line…and as you walk the time line there are monuments dedicated to things that TN took part in…like World War II or the Civil War. I really liked the civil war part because this “time-line” was aligned north to south…and when you got to the civil war monument the time-line was “broken” which to me was to be the divide between the Union and Confederacy. On the other side of the park were squares with each county and info about each one.

(The bottom one is a picture taken in Bicentennial park while looking at downtown/state house.)

I then came back on Sunday and started working on my “Big assignment” which is a 16 minute long briefing on a piece of Air Force doctrine, and with it you do a 3 page position paper based on the doctrine with a book you’re assigned. I chose nuclear ops and I actually learned a lot…I was up till 3am, but I got it done!

Well That’s about it…I’ll post once this week/weekend is over…and I think I’m going Kayaking this weekend with my flight, so that’ll be fun!

Comments are always welcome (I Read all of them) and if you have any questions about anything feel free to ask either on facebook or on here.

I wish I could be home for Father’s day…so Dad if you happen to read this, I love you tons, and I wish I was there to spend some time with you. Happy early Father’s day pops.

Being away from home and knowing you wont be back for a long time really puts everything into perspective and how important your family and friends really are. I mean I’m doing well being away from everyone, but it was nice knowing I could see everyone whenever I pretty much wanted. So remember to not take it for granted and get as much time as you can with all of your loved ones.

Take care everyone. Until next time. Lt “Hart Attack” out.

Categories: ASBC, This and That, Training

Memorial Day Weekend and Week 2 Of ASBC

As I said in a previous post, we get weekends off here at ASBC (at least we’re off from class, but we’ve still been getting homework.) Last weekend I decided to go see my friends Brannon and Mary Ann who live in Starkville, MS (It’s actually only like 20 minutes from Columbus Air Force Base, one of the bases I might have gone for pilot training.) I left on Friday and it was about a 3 hour drive or so. It was nice to just get away from Maxwell AFB for a while, especially after living in tents for the past week. Friday, and Saturday we just hung out and relaxed for the most part. I was able to put quite a bit of time into Red Dead Redemption while I was visiting them, which was nice since I had been playing on like a 17inch crappy CRT TV in my room at Maxwell. Brannon had like a 42 inch or something flat screen…so that was a change. Saturday we at a place called Mugshots (which was fantastic) and they showed me around Mississippi State (which was pretty cool.) Sunday we went to Columbus (the City) and then the Air Force Base. It was interesting to see one of the bases I might had went to, and the base in Del Rio will probably look very similar. Later on Sunday, Brannon and I went fishing (I seriously hadn’t gone fishing in like 10 to 12 years.) We caught like 30 fish between the two of us, but we didn’t keep them. Monday I pretty much just packed up and headed back. Overall it was great to see the two of them, especially Brannon since it seems any time he comes to Indiana the two of us always have jam packed schedules. I wish I could go back and see them again before I leave to go to Texas, but we’ll see. And here’s a picture of my weekend…

As for the Air Force and ASBC. I still haven’t gotten paid yet…It’s been like 11 days now since I’ve been activated. Hopefully I’ll be paid by Monday or Tuesday since I’m getting really low on funds. It’ll be nice though because all those various funds will hit at once. This was the first week of Academics, so all of us are just getting into the swing of things. The next two weeks now will be the busiest. We’ve got to knock out all our briefings and papers before Week Five. Week five starts “Combined Ops” when we pair up with the Senior NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) Academy, which I hear is the best experience out of the whole course.

My week has consisted of the following: academics, lectures, homework, discussions, readings, combatives, Icarus, and “Team Challenge.” The Academics aren’t bad…it’s basically just back to back lectures, but we do receive like 10 minute breaks every hour so we all don’t keep looking like we are about to dose off. The small flight room discussions are pretty good. That’s when our Captain guides a discussion or teaches a lesson with just his flight (the 13 of us.) This is probably where I’ve learned the most as we have 13 other people (including my Captain) and we share our different perspectives. Since I’m like the second youngest person and one of 4 people who just got on active duty, I’m using this to soak up as much info as I can. We have 5 or 6 prior enlisted people in my flight, which are all HUGE sources of knowledge. It’s definitely a great asset to the flight. After the flight’s second week together, I must say we’re still coming together as a team, but we’ve been doing pretty well. Next week will be a real test, as there are several scored events next week.

Discussions and lectures can range to about anything you can think of that’s applicable to new officers. From core Air Force competencies, creating goals, problem solving steps, teamwork, team-building,  critical thinking, critical listening, etc. We usually have about 30 pages or so of reading the night before f or the class, and one time this week we had an assignment to finish. This weekend I have a paper to do, a briefing to prepare, and another briefing due in the middle of the week. The week after next I have to turn  in my large paper (3 pages) and a 15 minute briefing.

As far as the other stuff…Tuesday we didn’t have any physical activities (these usually take place in the morning around 8-11.) Wednesday we had introduction into Icarus. Here’s a video about Icarus (if you click it of course.) Icarus was created solely for ASBC, and in it is a lot of stuff you will learn here about ASBC, especially Air Doctrine type stuff. Basically it’s dodgeball on steroids. It’s pretty fun though. On Thursday we did Combatives (just like at ROTC Field Training.) The cadets at Field Training are actually doing it the same place we do it this year. I think after my ASBC class graduates, and the new class comes…they’ll be exposed to the next tier of combatives. This is due to the fact that everyone from now on should have had combatives already, but some of the people in my class haven’t yet. My class contains the last of the people that graduated before I did, and are just getting to ASBC. On Friday we did a “team challenge” and that’s about all I can say about it, because it’s not supposed to be discussed. The Team Challenge was basically a test over the stuff we had learned that week and put it into a physical realm we could see.

Some other random things…

I drove to Pratville (which is North-West of Maxwell) and  it’s definitely a better place to  go then my exit 3 recommendation earlier. It’s got about anything you can imagine as long as you drive far enough, and you don’t have to get on an interstate and deal with Montgomery traffic. There’s a block buster there which I found on Weds, and has been my saving grace from boredom right now. I watched Invictus and Blind Side, which were both good but Blind Side was awesome.

The commissary has sushi here, and it’s really quite good. They have a lot of variety, and it’s a better selection of food and drinks than walmart for sure. I know this commissary is larger than the one at Del Rio or Columbus, but this is a quite larger base than those two. I recommend you buy food from the commissary and don’t go out to eat for every meal.

For those soon to be new officers…once you get your ID and it says “LT” on it, expect to be saluted by security forces when coming on base…If you are saluted then salute them back (yes even though you’re sitting down in your car.) I’ve had it happen about four times, and I must say I’ve been impressed with the professionalism of all the enlisted security forces at the gate…but then again they need to be, there are 2 and 3 star generals that go in and out of this base.

For those getting their braid sewn on their service dress coat…it’s 3 inches from the end of the sleeve.

oh and I also took a quick video of my room…It’s not terrible, but in comparison to the rooms with flat screen TV’s, kitchens, and their own bathroom, it sucks. I attempted to upload it…but didn’t go to well with the internet.

That’s it for now…Until next time! Thanks for reading. (Post comments or questions if you’ve got em.)

Here’s a picture I’ll leave you all with…This was taken on the Friday of my 1st Week in our “deployment” phase…It’s several 2d LTs getting promoted to 1st Lt.

Categories: ASBC, This and That, Training

They Call Me…….Sunblock

fIt’s been a little more than a week since my last entry, but today has been my first day of computer access since I was “deployed” to Blue Thunder on Monday. I apologize in advance it took me so long to finally get an entry up, but out at Blue Thunder most of us didn’t have computers, let alone internet access.

Well, to start off with, I had my “mach deployment” phase of Air Space Basic Course from Monday to Friday. I’m going to be pretty general  about all of it because it’s a training environment in which I shouldn’t tell the people coming after me every little detail. There are several things they throw at you at the last moment to see how you and your flight will react, and some more “stressful” situations than normal that you will just have to wait and see for when you get here. It’s just the nature of the beast.

They throw the mach deployment at us first thing for one main reason, to force you and your flight to bond by hitting the ground running. You just show up on “TD-1,”or in our cases the first day  of class, and by the afternoon you are in  full battle rattle marching off to your deployment site. The last class that graduated right when I first got here, did their “Blue Thunder” during week five of the course, while we are doing it at week 1. (Blue Thunder is just the name of the tent city they have out here at Maxwell.) Blue Thunder is also the site of the middle third of my 28 day Field Training back two years ago, which makes it a little weird being out there. Only this time I’m not getting yelled at and I have a cell phone! (My cell phone seriously kept me sane because they give you several hours to relax and recoup your energy…which I was so thankful for.) What we learn at Blue Thunder,we will need to apply to “Vigilant Warrior” on Week Six where we apply everything we’ve learned here at ASBC in a scenario over three days.

But now onto what happened  at Blue Thunder. (When I say full battle rattle I mean Kevlar Helmet, Kevlar Vest, and M-4 Carbine (with the firing mechanism removed.)) We were in ABU/BDU’s the entire time (Airman’s Battle Uniform, Battle Dress Uniform) as well as our “Battle Rattle” if we were outside of our tents, and it was still in “duty day hours” (8:00AM-5/6pm.) This combination of long sleeve ABU’s and Full Battle Rattle made for a very VERY hot five days with 92 degrees and a ridiculous humidity. During field training we were just running around in summer weight Battle Dress Uniforms  and no battle rattle. (The ABU is a middle weight for use in all climates unlike the BDU which had a summer (light) weight and a winter (heavy) weight.)

Monday
We started off with several welcome briefings, met our flight mates, our flight commander (a Captain who will be our mentor, coach, supervisor, and teacher for the next six weeks.) Luckily for me everyone in my flight is really cool, chill, and likes to have fun. There really hasn’t been a “storming” stage at all (When dealing with groups there are several stages of group development: forming, storming, norming, and performing.) Maybe we just bypassed the storming stage  or we just haven’t had it  happen yet, time will tell. Our flight commander is all really really awesome, it’s like the complete opposite person I had for field training (which is definitely a GREAT/GOOD thing.) This guy is extremely laid back, loves to have fun, and jokes around with us a lot. Having a really  chill flight and a really cool flight commander is definitely making this experience that much better. After all the welcome briefings we went off to change, and get our duffel bag for the next five days. We “marched” about 2 or 3 miles with just the duffel…and then got issued another duffel with a poncho, canteen/belt for it, and sleeping bag (Or two in my case…I somehow got lucky and got both the summer and winter weight sleeping bags while most  everyone else got winter weight.) We also received our battle rattle gear, and then started marching again for another mile and a half. It was by no means comfortable, so I definitely have respect for people getting deployed and having to carry more stuff than that. Once we got to Blue Thunder we had a M-4 familiarization class, and were done for the day (done by 1900 or 7pm on this day, started at 0645 that morning)

Tuesday Started off with the “FIST” (0645) which is exactly like the PT Test but it’s not graded and doesn’t really “count” for anything. You have to do the minimum push ups and sit ups as you would with a real PT test, but you instead had 15:30 to run the run in. They call it a “Safety” test to make sure you can do everything at ASBC they want you to be able to do. If you fail you retest two days later. If you fail again I think you are sent home…But if you are a commissioned officer…you SHOULD be able to pass it. They mainly allot the extra time to account for acclimatization, and some of us might be out of shape. The rest of the day consisted of breakfast, lunch, and dinner of course, but we had a three hour self aid buddy care (combat first aid basically) and then had about three hours of “hands on” self aid buddy care. The hands on stuff was pretty cool because you actually had to do it like you would likely be using it in a combat situation (minus the real gun fire.) Once this was finished we were done for the day which was at 1700 (5pm)

The title of my post today comes from this “self aid buddy care” scenario. Sunblock is now my nickname thus far in the flight because when we did the scenario I was a wounded person and had to be carried out of the battlefield. When my two flight mates attempted to pick me up the female LT was having trouble carrying me. Once we got back to the safe area she was joking that I was a lot heavier than they would think (I weigh 165 with regular clothing on so I might have weighed 190 with my combat gear on.) I responded with jokes about me being fat apparently, and over the next few days her and I consistently joked about it as well as a few other flight members. On weds I mentioned I forgot to put on sunblock and she said “sunblock? psh you ARE the sunblock fatty.” My flight commander heard me called that on Friday and was explained the story, so now I am sunblock.

Wednesday This day consisted of small unit tactics and land navigation. Small unit tactics are just the tactics you would use in small units on patrol, etc. And land navigation is exactly what you think it would be…using a compass to shoot asmithus from point A to point B and navigating there. The day started at 0645 and ended at 1715 (5:15) We also had a “wingman day” which is an Air Force wide thing to try to stem the amount of suicides and alcohol related incidents every year. Something that my Flight Commander pointed out really put it all into perspective for me though…On average about 90 people die in the Air Force die from the two things I just mentioned (which is certainly cause for it to be a concern of course,) but if you look at all 300,000 members of the Air Force that computes to be like .03% or something. He was saying that it made him feel pretty good to be in a job where it attempts to stop an incident that makes up .03% of the population…I agree with him, it definitely makes me even more proud to be in the Air Force, we take care of our own.

Thursday Started at 0800 (I got to sleep in!) This day was spent doing integrated base defense all day, which also included searching people, vehicles, and similar things. We got some hands on training with searching people and searching vehicles as well as building defensive fighting positions and planning out a forward operating base.  We were done by 4:30 or so.

Friday Started at 0815 but we had to have our cots packed up by 0700. This day consisted of chemical and biological training on how to protect ourselves with our “MOPP” gear including a gas mask. We also went and tested our masks in a chemical setting in which we were exposed to tear gas. After demonstrating our masks were fine we then had to take them off and feel the affects of tear gas. I tell you it really wasn’t that fun…Burning of the eyes, nose, mouth, and some pores (like if you had just shaved, which I had.) Also your nose, and eyes water like crazy trying to combat the burning. After this we got back, packed up the rest of our stuff, and then marched  back. We got lucky and made it the first mile or two to drop off our M-4’s and then had lightning within five miles, so we were bused back the rest of the day (my shoulders were quite thankful.)

Notes about Blue Thunder and Week 1

  • You can have a cell phone, a computer, or pretty much anything you want to take out there. The class before us (that graduated before us) told us that some of their flight commanders took out their computers and stuff for them so they didn’t have to carry them, but we weren’t offered that.) I didn’t take my computer because I didn’t want to have to march with it in my duffel.
  • IF you take some type of electronic device be sure to bring the charger…there are power outlets.
  • You do not have to eat breakfast (meaning you don’t have to be awake whenever it is breakfast time.) You just have to be at your first session by whatever time it says. Sometimes I slept through breakfast. Reveille always happens before breakfast so thus you do not have to be up before reveille. This isn’t field training, we all don’t have to be our their formed up. We’d all just be in our tents sleeping.
  • It’s HOT out here if you’re going to be here when I am….if it says “recommended” on the packing list, I’d definitely pack it.
  • Tactical elbow pads and shoulder pads aren’t needed by any means…I think I may have been on the ground once or twice. Don’t waste your money on them (though I haven’t seen what the week six deployment will be like yet.
  • You don’t have to have a camelbak…as several people just used canteens and got along fine (though you have the old school web belt to go along with the canteens…haha.)
  • You can text message pretty much whenever you have a break, or even make phone calls…
  • You are a 2d Lt now, and everyone out there will treat you like one…this isn’t field training any more.

If anyone has any other questions besides those (those are mainly the ones I asked friends that came before me, or other LTs asked when we were here) I’ll be more than willing to answer them. For those of you that have gone to field training…It’s going to be a much more chill version of your deployment training…and it’ll be more in depth. This stuff is taught by Air Force Sgts that are considered the best of many of these subjects. They know this stuff inside and out. Ask them and get as much information from them as possible, they are all very willing to help.

Overall it wasn’t a bad five days, but I definitely missed a bed and air conditioning (also know as the “Air Force Life” when talking to my friends from other branches….)

I even got the weekend off (including memorial day.) Here at ASBC you get every weekend off to go do what you want…as long as it’s within 300 miles for the most part (they do make exceptions most of the time.)  Thus on Friday I decided to go see my friends Mary Ann and Brannon over in Starkville. I’ll post about that hopefully tomorrow. I need to get to bed now as my day starts by 0730.

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