In honor of the 4th of July, and Independence, I want to tell you a little bit about our son, Skyler's, Air Force Journey. Skyler left home on December 28, 2010 for Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
Over the following eight weeks, he was pretty isolated. We were not allowed a lot of time to talk with him. We got random phone calls, that lasted any where from two minutes to 20 minutes. While he was there we wrote letters, tons of letters, information about all the little things going on in the real world. During that time I found a wonderful on line group who helped me keep my sanity. Some of those ladies have turned into amazing friends.
Skyler is in the first row, the last fast you can see.
Basic Training graduation took place the weekend of February 25, 26, and 27. The trip to San Antonio was an amazing time for our family. We were ecstatic to see Skyler and all that he had accomplished. I am sure some of you recall my excitement about that trip. It was also an opportunity to meet some of those lovely ladies from online and get to know them and their families a little better. Kathleen Giebler and Heather Parsons, you are both amazing women, and true friends in my heart! Congrats to all the families of the 322/164 who survived basic training. GO EAGLES!!
Our Family during graduation weekend; Caroline, Patrick, Austin, Myself, Skyler, and Win.
Fast forward another 3 months and Skyler was graduating again, this time from Tech School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX. Another road trip our family anxiously anticipated and greatly enjoyed. While we were in Wichita Falls, we got to visit with another Airman from Skyler's Basic Training, was wonderful to see him, and catch up on what he has been doing since Basic.
Skyler and his Tech School class mates on the wing of their plane.
We were able to bring Skyler home, and he was here 14 days, During that time Caroline had a birthday, Patrick had a Band camp concert and we were able to spend time with my Mom and Poppa Jim.
On June 13 we put Skyler on an air plane headed to his very first duty station in North Carolina. We miss him like crazy. Today I just want to say, " Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms, son. WE love you!"