Congratulations - Day 83

posted Nov 24, 2011, 5:47 AM by Brandon McGuire

(Original Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010)

This morning I had a rude awakening during PT. Sgt. Kent was trying to get everyone motivated saying we were going to shake off the weekend rust with an ability group run. After this a lot of people were overheard they were going to move down to C group. So as we were all ready to go in our groups, I was happily in C and ready to go when all of a sudden Sgt. Kent comes up and starts just picking people at random (including me) saying “congratulations you’re moving up to B group”. FML! Really??

So I had to run with B group. About a half mile down the road the guy behind me tells me he needs a battle buddy, he has to go pee. I escort him to the wood line and Sgt. Kent comes up and is yelling for us to hurry up and that we have to catch up to the group. So we get out and proceed to try to catch up to B group. We ran to Victory Hill the half way point where everyone stopped (that is where we finally caught up). Then it was off to head back, my energy was all sapped trying to catch up previously, so I didn’t make it too far before falling out. I can say that I wasn’t the last one to get back, but I was pretty close to it....which is why I run in C group in the first place. Grrrrr!!!

In class today we did some review and then I met my wife for lunch. She brought me lunch and we ate it together in the car. After lunch she had to leave to the airport to head back home. It was nice to see her one last time before she left. Let me say this one more time....I hate being away from my family, it really sucks. I now understand first hand when they say our military sacrifices so much for our freedom. Families and the soldiers themselves suffer just being apart for these long periods at a time. This may seem trivial when compared to the lives that soldiers give, but it is still an important sacrifice that I don’t think a lot of people consider.

When I came back from lunch I was surprised to find out that we are testing out of VOIP today. Holy Cow! I thought we would be studying the rest of the day and testing out tomorrow. We took the test which included a hands on portion (configuring a Cisco switch) and also a written portion (a number of multiple choice). Luckily even without the study time I was planning on, I still tied for the best score in the class with two others. We all scored a 96%...there were no 100% scores this time. Security+ starts tomorrow.

We had dinner, then had to go to the company for some mandatory training since it’s Tuesday. Today’s training was on one of the policy letters, stuff everyone should know anyway. Basically the rules that we have to abide by while living here. I guess the sergeants have been hearing people say “but I didn’t know that” a little too much, so now there can be now excuses.