Category Archives: Army

Change of Command

Last Wednesday, Domingos took over command of the Eighth Army Band, “Freedom’s Ambassadors.” The previous commander, CW3 Joseph Parenteau, is retiring after an illustrious career, and he has been a huge help to us in our move to Korea. We’re lucky … Continue reading

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Picking Up the Car

Yesterday was filled with a whole lot of waiting around. After breakfast, I headed over to the ACS building to take my USFK driver’s license test at 9:00. The test was fairly straightforward, though I kept looking for trick answers … Continue reading

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Day Two on Yongsan

Day Two was a much nicer day, with clear skies and sunshine. Here’s the view from our hotel room: Domingos had PT again early in the morning, lucky man, and I dozed off and on after waking up around 3:30am. After … Continue reading

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Day One on Yongsan

I have no photographs to share with you of my first day. That is because I got rained on big time, so I wasn’t about to let my new iPhone 6s get wet! The morning started out with Domingos reporting … Continue reading

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Traveling on the Patriot Express

We booked a hotel near the Seattle airport for Monday night. We were supposed to check in between 2:30 and 5:30am for the AMC (Air Mobility Command) flight, also known as the Patriot Express, so we decided to go at a … Continue reading

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Set a Goal for 2016: Create a Home Inventory

Imagine going through your entire house, videoing all of your possessions and also recording serial numbers, gathering receipts, and recording monetary values of the big ticket items. Have your eyes glazed over? Does it sound like a great idea, but … Continue reading

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Mad Korea Prep

So I haven’t written anything about Korea since that first post, and I thought I would procrastinate organizing for the move by sharing an update now. Everything has been ticking along – I got command sponsorship, we got the orders, … Continue reading

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Military Library Links

Military members and their families can access free ebooks and audiobooks through the various digital libraries available to each service. As you can imagine, this is one of my favorite military resources! I happen to have an account with the Navy, … Continue reading

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Korea: The First Step

Last week, Domingos finally got his RFO (Request for Orders). This means it’s now official: we’re heading to Seoul with a tentative report date of October 1st! I’ve decided to document the entire process of preparing for an OCONUS move so … Continue reading

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Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 18

9 December 2000 It’s Saturday, and this is the longest I’ve gone here without writing.  Victory Forge was Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  The hardest part was dealing with the extreme cold. We left early Monday morning, around 0530 hrs.  After … Continue reading

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Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 17

30 November 2000 Yesterday we had phase testing, which was a huge waste of time.  Mostly we sat around waiting for the next testing station.  We weren’t by platoon, and I ended up with a lot of people that I … Continue reading

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Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 16

28 November 2000 I have to finish writing about the Confidence Course.  I started to last night, but I got distracted. I’m so proud of my bruises.  I feel 100 years old today.  My back is so sore, especially right … Continue reading

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Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 15

24 November 2000 Well, Thanksgiving wasn’t too bad.  The DFAC was completely decorated with big cutouts of turkeys, pilgrims, and the like.  We even had paper tablecloths and placemats!  We were allowed to drink soda and eat dessert, and the … Continue reading

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Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 14

19 November 2000 0800 hrs It’s a rainy cold Sunday here.  DS L*** is on duty, so he’s going to give us a little class later on grenades.  I’m writing in the classroom right now.  It’s cold in here.  I … Continue reading

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Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 13

15 November 2000 2035 hrs Yesterday was a very long day.  They’re all very long days.  Only 29 more of them, though!  It started out rainy and gray.  DS H*** had us put on our wet-weather tops, but told us … Continue reading

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