Our whole reason for traveling to San Antonio, Texas was to watch JC’s youngest brother graduate from Air Force Basic Military Training. He had spent the past two months training to become an Airman, and we were all very excited to watch him take the next step in advancing his career in the Air Force.
Saturday morning, bright and early we all piled into a vehicle and headed to Lackland Air Force Base. Once JC and I had our clearance to head into the base after having our ID’s checked, we joined the thousands of other families and friends gathered on the bleachers surrounding the parade grounds to wait for the ceremony to start.
|Bleachers and security around the parade grounds.|
|All of the "trainees."|
Luckily we were on the right side to see our Airman as he marched by with the rest of his flight. The training and discipline the men and women had gained over the past two months was really astonishing. The last part of the ceremony was to hear all of the trainees make their pledge as new Airmen. Airman Fultz said reciting his oath was the best part of the day.
|We all had to stand as the flag went by our bleachers as part of the ceremony.|
|The new Airman.|
After the ceremony we walked the miles (literally was at least a mile) to see his barracks. The room was small, and cramped with no privacy, but very neat. For someone who had an EXTREMELY messy room at one point, the cleanliness of our Airman’s area was incredible.
We also were able to explore a little of Lackland Air Force Base. It really is a small city in itself. There are malls, bowling allies, grocery stores and much, much more. For someone who has very little experience with how things work in the military, the visit to Lackland was a great experience.
Reflecting back on the day one word comes to mind: pride. The new Airmen emitted so much pride as they took their walk and Air Force oath, finally reaping the benefits of all of their hard work. The faces of family members and friends clearly displayed pride as they watched their loved one further their dedication to our country.
Congratulations Airman Fultz, we are PROUD of you!