When you’re in the Air Force, there comes a time when you have to think about punching out. There are many meanings to “punching out,” but there are only two that matter.
The first is illustrated in this photo. In 2003, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds lost a jet at a Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho air show. The pilot ejected, or punched out, safely less than two-tenths of a second before the plane hit the ground. In fact, this photo is the first ever taken of a real-world ejection.
The second type of punching out is when you decide to leave the Air Force. The analogy is as if you were the pilot (you) abruptly leaving the plane (the Air Force) before its scheduled landing (retirement).
No doubt, my punching out is the second type.
Tonight, I had a chance to Skype with my son. He’s almost two years old, and he’s grown so much since I’ve been gone. He doesn’t even look the same.
Well, my wife tells me that she is always showing him my picture and telling him that I’m his daddy.
When you have a really long day, it’s quite necessary to remember the important stuff in your life.
I’ve had more than one day here where it just doesn’t seem like I’ll ever make it to December. When this happens, I just look over at the picture of me and my son.
Since I’ve got about four months left in Baghdad, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do when I get home. I think the answer is “take a vacation with my wife.”
So, earlier this week, we booked ourselves a Caribbean cruise. We’ll be sailing on the Crown Princess from Princess Cruise Lines.