23 December 2008

CE Christmas Party

So a week and a half ago are CE squadron had are annual Christmas party in are High Bay. This of course was my first one. I am the V.P of the Boosters Club for are squadron, well we are the ones that put on the parties and raise the money for it. We have been working on this party since October. We put a lot of hard work and original thought in to it. Here are the results...




































So each year each shop makes a centerpiece for the table and compete for the best one. Which this year are Chief and Base Ce Deputy Commander got to choose. Here are the different center pieces that the shops came up with. The 1st one is a sugar cube bldg modeling the 509th which one. I made a Gingerbread house of course with an added runway strip. It took me 2 day to do, but I had a blast making it. I think this is my best so far. I received runner up so I was pretty excited. It is the 4th picture. (not every shop made one)
We gave away lots of good gifts like flat screen t.v's, blue-ray players and bunch of ipods, a PS3 which I really wanted and a bunch more. The picture below is the top 3 of the boosters club, and of course my eyes were closed!

It was an overall success and lots of fun. As next year I will be deployed for the holiday season. More entries to come soon. I am finally on break for 10 days and I am not at base. So I am enjoying my time off finally. Hope everyone is having a happy holiday.

10 December 2008

The unveiling of the B2 Chopper with OCC guys in Hanger 9


So last Thursday on a cold morning we all headed to hanger 9 on the flight line. We packed in the hanger all excited and anxious to see the latest chopper OCC built just for us 509iners. They had the camera crew from the Discovery channel there. If you don't know the OCC guys have a show. It's called "American Chopper". If your into bikes and stuff like that I'm sure you have heard of it.Well are Command Chief and a Northup Gunman have been working with the OCC for a while coming up with ideas of what the bike should look like. Well in honor of the B2 being at Whiteman for 20 years they wanted to model it after it. So we all gathered around and waited for Senior from the show to bring it out. What a breath-taking event! It was this great feeling when you could hear the bike coming toward us but couldn't see it yet.
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Talk about getting goosebumps! Well Senior rides the bike out to the front of the crowd. All you can hear is this big roar from the bike and the cheer from all of us. Once Senior brings the bike up he talks to us for awhile and then the VP of Northup Gunman and the General gives us there words. (btw Northup Gunman are the makers of the B2 they are contracted out we like to call them the "Big Dogs".) Here are some more pictures to help tell the story.
Yes that is Mikey taking a picture with me from the show. It's a funny story actually. I was trying to get my picture with him so I went to the other side and squeezed my way into a group of guys who were also trying to get his attention. So I yell "Hey Mikey!" " Can I get a picture?" He completely turns around and comes over and takes a picture with me. As the guys are telling me that's only because I'm a female in the military. And I said " Yep pretty lucky" and they were like "Must be nice." and I said "Yep it is," and left lol.


So it was pretty crowded there and I needed to get back to work. Later that night my friend Amy and I went over to the Bomb Wing to get some good pictures of the bike.
So I'm sure you can tell by the pictures what an exciting day I had. It was a experience that will go down in my history book and a memory I will never forget. The show will air sometime in January. I will post a note when I find the actual date and time.

01 December 2008

Mentoring

I have been mentoring this girl at the local Middle School here in Knob Noster. She is in the 6th grade. Her Dad is deployed to Korea and her Mom works 2 jobs and she has 7 brothers and sister and all of them are adopted but her. Plus did I mention her parents are going through a divorce? That must be a lot for a little 11 year old. I met her back in September. She is a very smart girl but didn't have much motivation to do her work. Well she has come pretty far in these last few months. She still skips out on her homework sometimes but I try to give her some motivation to do it and tell how important it is to do well in school. I know when I was a kid I didn't want to hear that either but now I realize how important it was for my future. If I could go back I would do every homework assignment and would have studied a lot harder. I think it is very important to get through to these kids and show them how important school is.


Well today we worked on her power point. (When did 6th graders start doing power points?) Her project was on King Tutankhamun. For all you history buff's out there here is some interesting information on King Tut.

King Tut was a pharaoh in the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. He became the next King after Akenhaten at the age of nine. Because of his youth and inexperience, Commander Aye, who was his uncle as well as his private advisor, actually made the important decisions for him.
King Tut was a pharaoh in the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. He became the next King after Akenhaten at the age of nine. Because of his youth and inexperience, Commander Aye, who was his uncle as well as his private advisor, actually made the important decisions for him. One of the decisions Aye made was to return polytheism to Egypt. Polytheism is basically the belief in gods and goddesses. The cults of the god, Amen, as well as others, were revived.
Because of this change, King Tut, whose full name was actually Tutankhaten, changed his name to Tutankhamen. While his name had meant, "living image of Aten", his new name meant "living image of Amen." King Tut's short rule ended just nine years later, when he was just eighteen years old. The cause of his death is still questioned today, but it is assumed that he was murdered because he died from a blow to the skull. when King Tut died, his body was immediately, preserved by a method of embalming, and then it was mummified. King Tut's mummy was placed inside three coffins, one smaller than the next; the smallest coffin was made of solid gold. The outer two coffins were constructed of wooden frames with gold hammered over them. The coffins were finally placed inside a stone sarcophagus. The Golden Death Mask was placed over the boy's head, and valuables were place on the mummified body as well as inside the wrappings. The other rooms of the tomb were filled with the Golden Throne, a wooden war chest, furniture, a chariot, weapons, and other things that the Egyptians thought King Tut would need in his after life. The tomb was then sealed for protection, especially from robbers.

Mentoring is my way to give back to the community. And it gives a chance for these kids to look up to us Airman. They like us to wear are uniform's because it Set's a positive image for the kids.

30 November 2008

When the Weather is bad, Stay in and enjoy some good Company

So Saturday was a blast. Most of are circle of friends were back from home. The weather outside was frightful so we decided to stay in and have some fun. Which included some good drinks, music, and dancing. As Airman in the Dorm's or more like studio apartments. (Don't really like calling them the dorm's feels like I'm in college.) We have a good circle of friends we stick together and always have a good time.


So we danced and drinked the night away as responsible 20-somethings. Yes that is me singing into the remote control, hey I didn't have a microphone and that was the next best thing.

And yes I am standing on my chair I was singing to my favorite song! I guess it was so good I needed a stage lol. We airman know how to have a good time and not have to spend a lot of $$. Oh and this all took place in my room by the way. It was my turn. we all take turns it helps with trying to keep are rooms clean. I recommend buying a few boards games like Apples to Apples or Loaded Questions. Both great party games. They never get old.

29 November 2008

Black Friday

In honor of Black Friday I bought some Black clothes on sale at Nordstrom, my favorite store and a weakness of mine. I went to the mall in Overland Park, KS. This place is huge. I don't get many chances to come here. Mostly because I am a Airman in the AF and we don't make a lot of money at all. Plus I'm trying to save up for Christmas. So when I go I give my self an allowance to spend. This time it was only $100! Which really isn't a lot but I managed. I had been wanting this Black long pea coat, but I was waiting for it to go on sale. Usually it's $125 or so and today I got it for $58 bucks. Now that's what I call a deal. Then as I was looking around I found this dress I had been wanting. It is a black knit dress. I had been kind of looking for one for awhile but hadn't find the perfect one that would go with my suede boots. Well there it was my size waiting for me to find it. Plus that was on sale for $30. I bought some grey tights to wear with it. So I stayed within my shopping budget and left a very happy woman. Oh and got to eat at the Rain Forest Cafe, which is always a fun place to eat at.

27 November 2008

Thanksgiving and a new journey

Today is Thanksgiving. But it's not just Thanksgiving for me but it's one year signing my enlistment papers for the U.S Air Force. I have a lot to be thankful for this past year. Not only have I started a new journey in my life but I now have goals in life and have learned a lot about myself and I'm starting to discover who I am.

I decided to join the Air Force back in September of 2007. I had a good friend Ken Ellard a retired helicopter pilot officer for the Army. He had passed away the previous month. He was like a grandpa for me. He was a big inspiration to my life and always told me that I could do anything I put my mind too. He always talked very highly of the Military and all of the great things that it had to offer. Well when he passed away he had told Rod to watch over me and make sure I did something great with my life. Rod is a special person in my life. He has been there every step of the way in my new military life. Without his help I'm not sure if I would have made it all the way.

So it's December 07, and I was in this program called "DEP" (delayed entry program) . I wasn't planned to leave for basic in May of 2008, but I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to wait that long. I was very anxious about getting started. So my recruiter put me on a Quick ship list. So first available opening I could take and go to Basic. Well I had a friend in the program who I met along the way. We both wanted to go to Basic together so we would know someone. Well she was leaving in February to go and I still hadn't heard a word when I was going.

Well in the mean time I was packing my things up and putting them in storage just in case I got that call. Well the morning that call finally came. It was February 12 and my recruiter Tsgt Costely told me to get my bag together that i was leaving today!! Oh my was hit with so many emotions at one time I was excited, nervous, excited and scared. But I rushed around got everything I needed to go. Rod picked me up and I was on my way to meet Tsgt Costley. So once Rod dropped me off I was on my way to Denver to sign papers and get taken out of DEP and swear back in to Active Duty. So the next day when I took the oath of enlistment I was leaving on a jet plane to head down to a little place called Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

I was really nervous about it and when I got there I was scared out of my mind. I woke up to reality real quick. It was the toughest experience in my life. I was put in many situations I had never experienced before. Most of it was just a head game the T.I's loved to mess with your mind to see if you would crack. I'm not gonna lie I cried almost everyday until the end but I made it strong. I graduated on March 28, 2008. That was a wonderful day actually the day before was great because I got to see some of my family for the 1st time! It was very exciting.



Well the next step through this exciting journey was Tech School. My school was at Sheppard AFB. Which is in Wichita Falls, Tx. So they put us on a bus early Monday morning and sent us on are way. We all slept the whole way there. Finally Sleep. When we finally got there 8 hours later are MTL's were there to meet us and tell us we are safe no more yelling and crazy people lol. They showed us around the base and let us get settled in. We of course headed right for chow. We were starving airman who finally get to sit down and eat a meal at chow and not get yelled out and take as long as we wanted too.


The only hard part about tech school was not getting any sleep at all. We were lucky on the week days if we had 4 hours of sleep, that was worse then basic. But we made up for it on the weekends. I made some really good friends in tech school. One is Sam.i.am she is my wing man for life. Her and i have the same job so we were in the same class. Diaz was also in are class. Sam.i.am is the one in civy's. She was ahead of us on the phase programs and we still had to wear are blues off base.



















In tech school I was also a white rope, It meant i was like a chaplain student leader. Hint the white rope on my shoulder. Friday afternoon's were like squadron meetings like are CC would come out and talk to us and tell us to be smart over the weekend well sometimes we get to have revenge over the MTL's something like Pie in the face. Well we had this really cute MTL. No need for anymore words the pictures will show it all.


























Tech School for me was only a month long and it went by pretty fast. Are last week there was lots of fun. Are last weekend all together we had decided to get dressed up and go out.





































The photo to the right is my mystery pilot man. The was probably the best night of being in tech school. Well the week went by fast and soon came graduation on Friday May 9th. Also the day i put my rank on. Two strips, Airman First-Class.































So after graduation I got all my paper work done and Rod was here to pick me up and take me home to Colorado! Finally three and half months later I was free. So I made it all the way. I got the hardest part out of the way. I had never been so proud of myself.
So today I have a lot to be thankful for. My family and friends and my career. There will be more to come soon. So I hope this is a good start. Good night.