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We’re off to California!

I haven’t posted about our lives in a while because it’s just been crazy!

It all started on Assignment night, almost a month ago now. Assignment night was the day where we found out the plane Nick will be flying from here on out and where. This is the day most soon-to-be pilots (and spouses) wait for all year.

It starts out with a roast of each student pilot, then a presentation of what they are flying. It’s all pretty exciting to watch, and at times, even suspenseful.

As most of you know now, Nick was assigned to the KC-10 to Travis AFB, located in Fairfield, CA. We are ecstatic! This was the first choice for plane and location among a list of 25 others–which is simply AMAZING.

For those of you who don’t know, the KC-1o is an air-refueler. It’s pretty large (think DC-10 passenger plane). 

So much hard work and dedication went into making all this happen (on Nick’s part).

The 12-14 hour days, the endless hours of studying, the long flights…and it’s great to see that it all paid off. I can’t truly understand all that went into getting these wings, but am so proud of Nick and is class for what they’ve accomplished.

So, what’s next?

We’re moving to California the week of September 12 for Nick to start another round of training, this time, specifically for the KC-10. ONLY TWO WEEKS FROM NOW!!

There’s a lot to do to get ready for the move, but we’re excited (not that we don’t love Mississippi)…

Once we get all packed and figure out a place to live, we’re going to road-trip our stuff across the U.S. — a five to six day trip (which I hope to blog about). Can’t wait!

In the coming days, I’ll be posting more on graduation day festivities (including pictures) and our new soon-to-be hometown, so keep an eye out for that!

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The Countdown is ON.

We are now just a few week days from being done with pilot training at CAFB (I say it like I have anything to do related completing this stage in our lives, hah!)– 24 days to be exact.

It is hard to believe though, that just a few months ago I was writing about our “half-way point” in all of this.

This is (hopefully) Nick’s last week of flying in training. After that, it’s just a waiting game to see where we will be moving to next! And we have just 10 days until we get those details! I hope this next week just FLIES by because I’m ready to know (and I know Nick’s ready to be done).

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about where we’re moving and if we have any idea of where we might be going. The answer is “no.” We won’t have any idea until August 5. Of course we have some thoughts on where we’d like it to be, but even that means nothing at this point.

What’s next – the students will get a list of available airplanes and their locations (hopefully this will happen in the next few days). From that, we make a list of what we’d like in order of preference.

After that list is turned in…it’s entirely out of our hands.

SO… cross your fingers, wish on a penny, say a prayer, rub a belly, light candles, or whatever, for a good list of options for this class to choose from this week!!

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Half-way Done with Pilot Training…

I’m about two months behind on this post, but thought it would still be good to do – at the very least for purposes of sharing pictures and documenting our life here in Columbus (as you can tell, there’s so much to do here).

In February, Nick reached the half-way point in pilot training. Basically, it was a quick celebration of completing training in the T-6 airplane and a quick little event to kick-off phase three where the entire class would switch to a new plane for the remainder of pilot training.

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with airplanes or anything related to the Air Force, I’ve taken the liberty of defining a few terms/planes for you since I hate not knowing what people are talking about and when acronyms are used in place of real words (which is my life).

  • T-6: the plane everyone uses in pilot training for the first six months (I think this is the right info sheet, but am not totally sure)
  • Track Select: this is the half-way point of training where the class is split up for more focused training depending on the planes they think they may want to fly and be assigned to after training is complete
  • T-1: plane you are assigned to the last six months if your future in the Air Force includes flying a bigger jet (cargo, air re-fueler, etc.)
  • T-38: plane you are assigned to the last six months if you want to want to fly a fighter jet

Now that that is done, we can continue.

To start the day off, family and friends of his class joined for breakfast and a commander’s welcome. Here we got an overview of what the guys had been going through the previous six months. And to hear how few people really experience anything like this.

After that, we headed to their “classroom” to get a taste of what they did each day — briefings, presentations, quizzes, etc.

The guys in the class were given a humorous certificate for completing their first solo flights and the wives received “certificates” of accomplishment for putting up with the training and all the various joys that come with it.

After that, family members had a chance to test out the flight simulators, which totally reminded me of the race car driving games at an arcade only much more complicated. Surprisingly, I didn’t crash until landing (the only reason this was even slightly a success was because I only had to steer the plane, not do any of the actual work. This was done by the simulator instructor).

And finally, we toured the runways/hangers and were able to get up close to the planes flying all around us.  Here are some pictures from one of the busiest airports in the US – Kind of crazy, huh!

T-6 plane

T-38 plane

Front of the T-6

T-6 plane about to land (I think)

Rich, Nick and I in front of the T-6

Back of the T-6

After a long day of walking around and exploring the Columbus Air Force Base, we returned for Track Select night. This was an hour of roasting for the guys. For Nick, it was a nice bit of roasting about losing his wedding ring while on his cross-country flight earlier in the year (very good choice, in my opinion). And after all was said and done, Nick received his first choice — the T-1 (proud wife moment)!

I only have a few pictures of this event AND they aren’t very good – enjoy anyway.

The spouses of class 11-13

Nick during his roast

Receiving an award!

We’re now six weeks into this last phase and the T-1 and so far, I think Nick’s been enjoying it. It’s been very early mornings and lots of studying but it will be worth it when the year is over!

Now, for those of you tracking, the next big day will be Assignment Night in early August. This is the day we’ll finally know where we’re moving to next and what plane Nick will get to fly!

Of course, I’ll be sure to posts updates and better photos from that one (it just might not be until December)…

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Checking-In.

I know, it’s been a while since my last post. I promised in the previous one that I wouldn’t do this again and I really believed myself. I would like to now apologize to those of you that live and breathe to read my blog posts (not many).

AND now that that’s out-of-the-way…

The last few weeks have just been nuts here in Mississippi! We finally hit the halfway point of pilot training and Nick is just about to start flying his new plane. For the aviation fans I know, it’s a T-1 (I think this is the right info on it). T-minus six months and counting!

Also, in the last month, I decided to change career paths a bit. I quit my job to go the “freelance” route and have to say it’s been an interesting and exciting last few weeks as an entrepreneur (more to come on this)!

We also recently visited Birmingham for some shopping, food and friends, as well as New Orleans for the first time. There we experienced some of the finest food and drink the city has to offer and saw quite a few crazies to kick-off the beginning of Mardis Gras season!

I’ll be recapping some of our recent excursions over the next few posts so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, leave a comment here or on Facebook to let me know what is happening in your lives!

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Here We Go…

Penny's Moving Day!

So, today was moving day. We’re off to the south – Mississippi. Yes, you read that right, Mississippi. Why you might ask? My husband, Nick was selected to start his training to become a pilot for the US Air Force. Not going to lie, we’re pretty excited about this opportunity and we were blessed enough to receive this particular location for him to train from for the next year.

So we packed up and made the drive stopping in Springfield, MO the first night. We found a great place to rest up and eat at — the Springfield Brewery. All and all it was pretty good.

Penny, our beagle pup is packed tightly in the car with us for this trip. She did great today. She slept most of the way and was pretty chill the whole time.

We also found out how much she LOVES air conditioning blasting her in the face.It’s definitely going to be interesting getting her acquainted with her new surroundings, but after all the traveling we’ve done with her in the past eight months, I’m imagining she’ll do just fine (feel free to leave me some tips, however).

Our second day should be a bit longer of a drive as we enter the wonderful state of Mississippi. Stay tuned for our grand entrance coming soon!

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