Posted by: scrabblequeen | January 10, 2011

A Graduation

Hubby Dearest and I packed our bags last Wednesday and flew off to San Antonio for Jeremy’s Air Force basic training graduation. We we able to visit with him on base (Lackland AFB) Thurday after the first two big events,the Airman’s Run and the Coin Ceremony.

Once the “Retreat” is finished (flag ceremony) we were free to make our way down to the “retreat pad” to find our airman. All of the newly minted airmen must stay in their formation until they are ‘tapped out’ by family or friends, which is supposed tomake it easier for folks to find their loved one. That part didn’t work as well for us, but we found him anyway!
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After hugs all around, limited by ‘code’ to five seconds each, we gave Jeremy the Christmas stocking we had waiting for him. It is made out of the material the Air Force uses for their fatigues and even says Air Force right on it.
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For the next few hours, we were able to be on base with our airman, as were all of the other friends and families of the approx. 600 graduates, which means, that although Lackland is a large base, most venues we could be at were very full of people! We managed to grab some pizza and just spend some time talking before, all too soon, we had to say good-bye again until after the ‘real’ graduation the next day.

Friday started in the wee dark hours for us as we had to drive in to the base, park, and walk (or bus) to the Parade Grounds for the graduation. In order to be assured seating near where Jeremy’s Flight would be standing, we arrived on base before the sun was up. Brrr!! We chose to park at the Bowling Alley, once of only two choices, and walk over to the Parade Grounds…that decision ended up costing a very long hike later in the day!
We found nearly perfet seating in the stands and settled in to wait with everyone else. The Air Force treated us to a practice session by the MTIs (military training intructors) while we waited. Finally, right on the dot of nine o’clock, the ceremony began. It was really a very impressive and moving ceremony.

Because of Jeremy’s position in the back of the squadron, we couldn’t really get a photo of him during the Swearing In. We did get a shot of the front of the squadron, though. 🙂
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One of the cool things they did during the graduation was to have a pair of jets fly over, by way of a salute to the graduates.
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And, for now, I’ll finish up this first post ( you can count on more) with a photo of our newly graduated Airman. We’re really very proud of him…
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Responses

  1. what a joyful and momentious occasion ===congrats to you all!

  2. He looks great!! What great memories!!

  3. So very cool! Your airman looks proud, as he should be. Congratulations to all of you!
    The schedule is exactly the same as the Marines at Parris Island.

  4. Congratulations to Jeremy!! I know you are so proud. He looks wonderful in his uniform. 🙂

  5. You must get a lump in your throat when you look at your handsome son in his uniform! What a great experience for you all.

  6. Congratulations! He looks so handsome and proud!

  7. Congrats!! What a proud time for all of you.

  8. Congratulations! Wishing him and you all the best in all that the future holds.

  9. Please give him my most sincere thanks for protecting us. God bless the whole military family with peace and joy

  10. Congratulations – what a handsome Airman you have. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. g

  11. Belated congratulations!

  12. And a very handsome airman he is, indeed. Congratulations to him, and to the proud parents, as well! (And be glad his graduation wasn’t here, where you could have suffered at under 20 degrees for the last week!)

  13. How wonderful that you could be there. Congratulations to Jeremy and to the proud parents.


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