Has it really been 25 years?!?!?
I had a post drafted last night and ready for publishing today, but whenever I write a post I always set it aside and step away from it before clicking “Publish”. I’m glad I did that this time, because I really need to quit being so hard on myself when it comes to my military duty. I’ll explain more here in a few minutes…
Today is one of my favorite days of the year. July 3rd. Yup, you read it right, July 3rd, not 4th. Why? Because it’s my enlistment anniversary of joining the Air Force. Today would’ve been 25 years had I stayed in longer than the required 20 years needed to retire. But I retired after 20 years for several reasons. Some of which I still struggle with to this day, but most of which I have learned to let go.
Korean war memorial dedication, mid 90’s
Service member of the quarter, circa 1996?
Senior NCO induction ceremony 2007
Offical retirement photo
My family and friends at my retirement ceremony
My favorite retirement photo
First and foremost, I retired so I could be there for my kids. When I get upset over the fact I never deployed, or am reminded I would’ve never been able to make Chief, I look at my daughters and know I made the right decision. Having 2 parents in the military just isn’t the easiest thing to do so I decided stepping down was more important for the girls. Yes, I still have to work full time, but I am at least here for them while my husband deploys.
Last night my girls and I kicked off the weekend (even though I am working all weekend and the 4th, I am trying to have SOME fun, lol) by going to military appreciation night at our local Kane county Cougars baseball game. I submitted my hubby’s photo for the jersey, and they even asked for my photo too! I felt a little silly next to veterans of this caliber, but I submitted mine anyhow! I will be auctioning in hopes of winning one, too!!! Here are some pics from the game!
pano view of the field. Breathtaking.
All of the amazing veterans that will be on the jersey, honored to be among such heros
The jersey! SOOOO cool!
So while that first post really went in to all of my regrets I had about not being able to accomplish the goals I set out for myself while in the military, this post will share a few of my favorite pictures from my military days (see above). It IS my 25 year anniversary after all, and even though I had to work today I’ll still treat myself to a glass of wine or two tonight. 🙂
How are y’all celebrating the 4th? Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend!