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!

Monday, December 05, 2011

My Air Force Experience: A Future Decided Behind Closed Doors (6 of 11)

Well, today’s the day that people I’ve probably never met will determine if the people who wrote my officer performance reports (OPRs) were convincing enough to get me selected for promotion. It’s true that “You don’t meet the board, your records do.” And since I didn’t write my own OPRs (those with military experience probably just smirked a little bit), you could say that the board’s decision is an indirect evaluation at best.


Since this is my “second-look”, it’s historically unlikely that I will get promoted. While I won’t find out the results for a couple of months, one thing is certain: my career field wasn’t listed among those identified as critical enough for the board to select me for continuation if I’m not promoted. So I’ll probably be separating from the military in the summer, regardless of whether I want to or not.

To read my Military to Civilian Transition mini-series in chronological order, Click Here.
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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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