"Lesa: I have a pretty similar photo of my son Rob and me after the oath ceremony at MEPS last July. I cried, too. But just as you said, they are so confident and happy in their decision and thrilled to actually be on the path that it is impossible…"
"Finally graduation week is here!!
Marty and I will fly to San Antonio Wednesday morning!! We're taking the bag Rob packed for himself before he left, and already he knows he will need to pull out some stuff to send back with us. So we will…"
"Hi Steph! I love reading your perspective on basic, the AF training and everything! Makes me feel closer in a way to my son because I can imagine he is feeling the same as you.
He is in BEAST week now where they get away from the dorms, camp out…"
"=) The good old days of listening to Dorm Chief yell at the rest of the females. But, I loved our dorm Chief. Great position. :) Plus once he gets operations it looks excellant to Military leaders
Graduation was fun. It was hard to leave my family…"
"I'm glad you have plane reservations and a great place to stay. It is truly going to be a wonderful experience. The Air Force does it right. Lots of pomp and circumstance, tradition and honor. I've never felt more proud of my son and my…"
"Thank you, Jane! We appreciate your thoughts and support! .... Three weeks to go now. He has been calling once every weekend but hasn't written a letter in two weeks. Being dorm chief takes a lot of time and seems to leave his voice very…"
"I'm a proud mom of a son in the Air Force and another son in the Navy. I'm so glad to hear how your son, Rob, is doing. Being dorm chief, although an added burden now, will certainly prepare him for what's next. It won't be long…"
My son, Rob, is more than halfway through boot camp now, past the hardest first three weeks of adjustment, learning and getting used to the T.I. yelling all the time. Now, he's into "the fun stuff" like the gas chamber, shooting, the obstacle course, etc.It's been an adjustment for him because he was named "Dorm Chief" and must lead his 48 fellow trainees. Their mistakes are his mistakes and responsibilities, so he has an added burden. While others are writing letters at night, Rob is doing his…See More
"Lesa ~ Sorry you didn't get to dunk the recruiter, but I'm so glad you and Wes finally have a date and can actually make some plans or at least visualize life for the remaining months of the year!! His date means you will miss him for the…"
How disappointing that Wes ~ and you ~ are having to just cool your heels and wait, and wait.....I wonder if perhaps the military has been flooded with enlistments since the fall with the economy's downturn. But who knows the reason…"
"Hi, Guys. No, Wes still hasn't heard anything. He is getting frustrated and so am I. He is just wasting time at this point. Waiting to leave, school is out, no one will give him a job because he has no idea how long he will be here. It is all…"
Have you heard anything more about Wes' departure date? Since Rob's date is getting close (July 28), I'm forcing myself to learn more and do what I can to help him get ready. Of course, he's been getting…"
"Thank you for your comments, Stephanie!! Wow, you've given me a great advice, insight in what it will be like and what it is like now that you are a full-fledged airman. I loved your descriptions of how you and others in uniform are treated at…"
Marty & Christi, “Welcome to the Blue”. I am glad that you have joined us. I started Air Force Dads to help support and encourage parents and family members, girlfriends and boyfriends, of young men and woman who have or are going to join the Air Force. Please feel free to look around the site and get involved with the groups and discussions that are going on. Maybe start one of your own. I have two sons and both of them are in the military. My oldest joined the Navy and is stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72. My youngest joined the Air Force over 4 years ago. He is slated to deploy this Spring. Please thank Rob for his up and coming serves to this great country from an old Vietnam vet. Thank you for raising a fine young man. Please feel free to ask any question you have about the Air Force, we are here for you.
Christi, you are very welcome. Having sent both of my boys off into the military I know how nerve racking it is for the parents, family and friends. My parents did not have anything like this when I left home for the Air Force and I am only too happy to provide a forum for all of you to meet ask questions, answer questions and cry on each others shoulders. I am so glad that you have joined us and you too can use this site and enjoy the friendships that can come from being here.
Hi Marty and Christi! My son is also going in as an enlisted this summer. He graduates high school in May and then off he goes! I am so proud and so sad at the same time. This site has been very helpful to me and I hope it is for you as well.
Marty & Christi, I wanted to stop by and say hello. It won’t be long now and Rob will be headed for the “Big Blue”. Is he getting ready with physical and academic stuff? It really does help to go in physically fit. Then you can go and have fun rather then having to work so hard to get up to speed. How are you guys holding up?
Sgt. Terry, I'm not worried about Rob's fitness. He loves the gym and is proud of always being near the top of every firefighter fitness test -- fire academy, state division of forestry, volunteer dept., etc. He'll be challenged by the academics, but it won't be for lack of studying and trying. He always puts in the effort and he's proud of his knowledge. But he's not the born college man that others are. I think he'll do fine in Air Force training -- Marty
Marty & Christi
I tell everyone that has a child going into the military to stay close to the recruiter. Make sure that Rob is telling the recruiter everything even the 4 pounds overweight. The recruiter is there to help. I also see that you have joined the BMT group. EG has put some good information up there. We will get some more information for you. Please do not hesitate to ask question. This is a new experience and we are here to help in any way we can. I thing that I did with both my boys, David when he went to BMT and Paul when he went to RTS, was my wife and I sent a letter everyday the mail ran. This will be Robs life line to the sanity of the outside world. He will look forward to mail call. He will want to hear form you both, as well as any other family and friends.
By the way a party is a great idea. We had one for both the boys when they left. Have some paper a pens available and encourage everyone to write something to Rob and than put the in a memory notebook for him to read later after BMT. Take lots of pictures at the party too and put them in the notebook as well.
Okay enough for now I will talk to you soon.
Hi, Guys. No, Wes still hasn't heard anything. He is getting frustrated and so am I. He is just wasting time at this point. Waiting to leave, school is out, no one will give him a job because he has no idea how long he will be here. It is all starting to get him down. He signed up last fall and was lead to believe he would be leaving as soon as his "available" date, but the new recruiter is saying it could be awhile. I don't understand. I am so glad Rob isn't going through this. What are some of the things you are doing to prepare for his departure?
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