Saturday, July 31, 2010
Cadet Roller Goes To Field Training
Tom has been waiting all summer to go to field training. Today was the big day. We got an early start to the day as he needed to be at the airport by 4:30. He flew to Atlanta, had to meet up with the rest of his friends from CWU that flew from Seattle, and find the chartered bus to take him to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Field training is the ROTC version of basic training. He'll spend two weeks at Maxwell and then go to Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for urban warfare training. It is going to be a hot, humid month for him being in the deep south and not being used to that kind of weather. He has been studying, exercising, and packing most of the summer trying to get ready. He has been so anxious to go but a little nervous too. He kept checking and rechecking his instructions to make sure he was getting everything right. He didn't want to do anything that was going to get him into trouble. He has spent two years getting ready for this so I'm sure he will do just fine. It will be hard not being able to talk to him though. No phone calls or e-mail for a whole month--only snail mail letters. Hopefully I will get at least one or two.