Tech School Part 2: Witchita Falls Edition

19 10 2009

I am now waiting to begin my second and final stage of technical training. After I complete this step I will be given orders to report to my first assignment. I am excited knowing that I am closer to achieving that goal, but also somewhat disheartened as I learned when I arrived here, that the avionics program is backed up and not only will I wait to begin classes, but my particular AFSC has a bit of a longer stay here than others. So by the time I leave here, I will have been in the U.S. Air Force for a bit over 1 year. As of right now, I will go ahead and say that I would have preferred to have my longer stay be at Biloxi rather than here, and that is as far as I’ll go into that. I will say one thing that has been especially tough, well maybe not tough, but more challenging than I originally thought it would be, is the whole Op Sec(Operational Security) and impartiality when it comes to politics deal. I’m sure some of you are aware that when you are in the Military you can’t go around voicing your opinion on matters such as politics, and other touchy issues because it might give others a bad impression of the Military and such. There are many different reasons but it would take too long to go into it. And I am sure that most of you know that I tend to have rather decided views when it comes to political issues. So I have had to check myself on a number of occasions and just keep my mouth shut. It isn’t easy folks, but I am getting used to it. The same, to a much lesser extent mind you, goes for Op Sec. There are things that I would like to talk about and go into detail about, but cant. Maybe not because they are classified, but because the wrong people knowing too many details is very bad. So When posting updates like these I have to go back through and edit a bit more than I was used to. Or when talking on a cell phone in a public place, I have to watch what I say and how much detail I go into. Just things like that, that weren’t a part of my everyday routine in the past, but are now becoming the norm. It just took a little getting used to.

~We the People~

2 10 2009

I have been trying to catch up on recent events and stuff in the political world lately, since I have been out of commission in that department for so long. I came across a letter that was written to Glenn Beck, back in June, from a woman in Arizona. I thought the letters message was simple and concise and got the point across. I thought I would share with you what the letter said:

I’m a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you’re willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I’m not a racist. This isn’t to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don’t you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don’t you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don’t trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we’ll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let’s have it. Let’s say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let’s just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I’m busy. I’m busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don’t want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we’re morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we’re so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn’t ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don’t care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.

Tech School Part 1: Biloxi Edition

27 09 2009

My AFSC, or job, is Integrated Avionics. In short it means that I will be dealing with and troubleshooting all the electronic consoles and circuits on the planes that allow them to function. Depending on what I am trained in later on, it could be anything from communication, navigation, or weapon systems. I am taking an Electronic Principles course program here at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. They say that by the time I am done here, should be in early October, that I will be 6 college credits away from having an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering. I have another stage in my tech school journey that, to my current understanding will be the hands on portion of my training, to be done in Texas. My awesome family came and visited me this weekend, we had a grand time. It was nice, I know I missed them, but you realize just how much you do after you say goodbye again. I look forward to seeing everybody at Christmas! So the next week or so will be filled with finishing the last two blocks of my training, attend a good number of briefings, and getting paperwork done for leaving for Texas. So I probably wont update until I am settled in at Texas. Hopefully my wonderful sister will get some pictures up of their visit sometime soon. And by soon I mean at her earliest convenience that is directly proportional to her free time. 🙂

Into the Blue

16 08 2009

I recently completed Basic Military Training for the United States Air Force. I must begin by stating that completing BMT was one of the hardest and most challenging things I have ever done. It was physically, mentally, and spiritually challenging. For those that don’t know, allow me to tell you why it was so challenging. Air Force BMT is 8 weeks long; it was changed from 6 weeks long November of 2008. The reason for the change is because the Air Force has evolved to do much more than only dominate the skies, thus more training was needed to prepare recruits for deployment. Anyway, I had minor cold symptoms for a few weeks and then got to the Sunday of the 5th week of training. My cold, despite the medication I was taking, had been worsening. I had been running a fever since Saturday and was not feeling well at all this Sunday. While at the dining facility for lunch, I was waiting in line to get my trey when I blacked out. When I regained consciousness only a few seconds had passed and the cafeteria worker was calling for an MTI (military training instructor) to come help. Long story shortened I was sent to the Emergency Room and after many tests I was told that I had a good deal of bacterial pneumonia in my right lung as well as a fever. I was given several IV’s and some antibiotics and sent back to my squadron with orders to be transferred to the 319th squadron. The 319th is a squadron dedicated to the sick, broken, and altogether unwell trainees. At the 319th the trainees receive medical care under slightly better rehabilitation conditions than the normal training squadron, and depending on each individual circumstance the trainees will either RTT (return to training) of separate from the Air Force. I was placed in a flight known as the Fever Flight where those who are contagious go to rest and attempt to get well. I was there for about 4 days as my condition steadily worsened until on a routine check up at the medical clinic I was sent to the ER again with a fever of 104 degrees. I was kept at the hospital for about a week and a half as they tried to find an antibiotic that would combat the pneumonia. Eventually the wonderful doctors prevailed and got my fevers and my pneumonia under control. I was cleared from the hospital and sent back to the 319th to await the go ahead to RTT. The doctors had suggested that I would not be at the 319th for very long, but that was not the case. The 319th’s policy for persons who have been hospitalized with pneumonia is to hold them for 4 to 6 weeks. Also my spleen had apparently been aggravated by the bacteria and was swollen. So they had to monitor both my spleen and my right lung before I could RTT. It ended up being about 4 weeks before I was cleared from the 319th. While at the 319th and the hospital I won’t lie and say I was fine and dandy the whole time, I struggled with doubt and depression at times. Just sitting around doing nothing for 6 weeks was torturous, as I watched my flight advance in training and graduate as my future remained full of uncertainty. I kept thinking that it wasn’t supposed to be like this, why me? But it did give me more time to spend with the Lord and in His Word. I believe that He taught me some lessons I would not have learned had I not become ill. While I became physically weaker through the sickness, I became mentally and spiritually stronger as a result of it. When I was given orders to return to my old squadron, the 331st, I was put in a flight that I ended up getting along with right away. They all said that after a few days it felt like I had been with them the entire 5 weeks prior. I made some good friends and had a good deal of fun along the way. When it came time to do the final 7th week physical evaluation I admit I was worried, because I was not back up to where I had physically been before. I passed both the pushups and the sit-up portion, but failed the 1.5 mile run with a time of 12:39 (passing is under 11:57). So I had to retake it in the beginning of 8th week, the week of graduation. That Monday I had to get a ultrasound done in the morning, so I couldn’t retest. So I ended up retesting for the 1.5 mile run on Tuesday, the day my family was going to leave for my graduation. Needless to say that I was very worried, not only because if I didn’t drop about a minute on my run I wouldn’t graduate, but also that I would mess up my families plans yet again. I prayed a lot more than usual for the ability to pass the run time again. When Tuesday morning came along, I ran as hard as I could, coughing up mucus and nastiness the entire time, making a time of 11:40. And that is some of why BMT was so challenging for me, but I would do it again if given the chance. I feel that I have changed for the better and have grown physically, mentally, and spiritually. I love the fact that my job for the next 4 years will be to serve and protect my country, my family, and my friends.

Air Force: Intro

25 04 2009

Air Force Logo - Silver/Blue Chrome

So it is that time. Time for me to go to Basic Training. I am leaving tomorrow morning and I won’t be back for awhile. After the 8-9 week boot camp, I go straight to Technical School, and I don’t know how many months that will take, I believe it is a different length for every job. So a special thanks to all of my readers for your loyalty, but I probably wont be posting until I am out of Tech School, but after that I will be updating this blog with my whereabouts and goings-on. So if you want to stay in touch with where I will be stationed and know what is going on, this would be the place to find out. Hasta Luego Amigos!

Rush at CPAC

13 03 2009

Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio host, and almost always controversial figure gave the keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in early March. I greatly enjoyed his speech and wanted to share it with you. The speech is rather long so I wont post the entire thing, but here is just one of my many favorite parts of the speech. The selection is regarding the current administration’s economic policy. (if your on a time crunch just start around 2:30 until 5 or so)

Housing Market

27 02 2009

So I don’t have the Fox news channel sadly. So I miss Glenn Beck’s new show. I try to catch parts of it on the Internet when I can. Anyway here is a clip from yesterday’s show focusing on the housing market.