I just read this great blog about a Dad and Son’s ‘adventure’ at Ft. Knox during Basic Training (BMT) Graduation weekend. It certainly made me smile and reminded me of our family ‘adventure’ during our son’s graduation from Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Our ‘adventure’ occurred while dropping our son back off at his dorm after an off base excursion to see the San Antonio Missions baseball team play. It was well after dark upon our return to the base, but within the permitted time frame. While we were saying our goodbyes, my son realized that he did not have the required flashlight to walk around base after dark nor did he see a fellow Airman from his Flight returning to the dorm. Base safety requirements are that Airman Basics walking on base after dark must have a flashlight and must walk in groups of two or more. After quickly assessing the ‘risks’, our new Airman First Class (A1C) hurriedly exited the car, found two Airman Basics with flashlights and requested an escort to his dorm…sounds good, right? All the rules being followed…
All was well until two Air Force TI’s, the Air Force equivalent of Drill Instructors, who are easily recognized by the Smokey the Bear ranger-style hats they wear, rounded the corner of his dorm building and immediately started questioning our son. In horror, we silently watched from the car as they started talking to him and the two Airman escorts were quickly dismissed. We thought that he might lose his off base privileges for the following day. It was not until the next day, when we went to pick up our “Honor Graduate’ that we learned that the TI’s had given him quite an earful …that he was not a trainee (Airman Basic) any more, but an A1C, however they threatened that a return to Airman Basic status could be arranged!
The entire weekend was so special for us and the other families there to watch their loved ones graduate. Rest assured, he was back on base without incident that next day.
I started Write2Them as a way to use email to write letters to my son while he was at Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base. I wanted to make it easy for myself, his Dad, sister and mostly importantly his friends to write to him while he was away from home. All the military service Basic Training locations restrict Recruits access to smart phones, iphones and computers during training. Using Write2Them we didn’t have to worry about stamps, envelopes or getting to the post office. You can learn more about Write2Them at http://www.write2them.com