American Southwest Family Vacation

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Saturday, November 09, 2002

Off We Go! A New Adventure Begins

As they say, "and a wake-up."
This is the last sunrise I'll see from the dorms before we get...
Commissioned!
I drove down from Maxwell AFB, AL to Hurlburt Field, FL that same day. My first salute as an officer was actually from the Hurlburt gate guard.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Um, yeah, so this is where I finally ended up, after leaving my apartment in Boston on July 24th. That's 107 days, and over 8,300 miles! I guess that, technically, I was a nomad for nearly four months when you consider that I had no permanent address while at OTS. Imagine trying to pack everything into a 14 cu. ft. trunk and back seat that you thought you might need somewhere in the U.S. in the next 4 months.

And now for the next adventure!
Look out future, here I come.

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Thursday, November 07, 2002

Third Lieutenant?

Today is the day before I am commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. All of our training requirements were completed earlier, we're technically no longer considered Officer Trainees. But without that commission, we're in a rather humorously titled status known as "Third Lieutenant." Check out the rank on the shoulder boards.
The cool kids still ride at the back of the bus.
Ah, the memories of OTS. And I get to revisit them every couple of years as I get sent back to Maxwell AFB for additional professional military education.
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End Of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We spent two and a half years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State. As you migh...

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