The Reaping

Last Friday was the Friday we've been waiting for for what seems like forever- the day Lance got his assignment.  We're so so so happy and excited to say that we'll be moving to Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, and that Lance will be flying his dream plane, the C-17 Globemaster III. 

Before I get into all of my excitement, I'll give a brief rundown of the actual assignment night.  A ton of people showed up for our class' assignments, the largest swarms of green flightsuits were spotted around the room-temperature pizza. After showing the class' noble attempt at making a funny video, each student is asked up to the front of the room, while a funny quip that their classmates wrote is read about them by their flight commanders- who obviously censored some of the more colorful stories!  The projector then displays 3 labeled photos of various aircraft, which are then eliminated one by one until the final plane remains. 

When we ranked our planes and bases a few weeks ago it was clear that this would be a good assignment night, meaning there were a lot of cool planes going to a lot of great bases.  By the end of it all it seems to be acknowledged that this was the best assignment night in a long time! While most classes usually get 1 fighter, ours got 3, and the rest of the planes were all on the cooler end of the spectrum- we would have been happy with a lot of the other assignments, but were even more fortunate to get our first choice.

I'm beyond excited to be going back to the West coast, (best coast), to an area where 'fine dining' does not mean Chili's, there's a Nordstrom, 'seafood' does not just mean catfish,  hiking won't first require a 2 hour drive, and its a place that's just plain nice to look at!  I'm optimistic about the job market there, happy that my family is just a short, and usually cheap, plane ride away.  Its imminent that Lance will deploy early in our stay there, and I'm happy to be in a place full of diversions for when that happens.

I'm anxious to start prepping to leave Enid, but alas, we don't have any dates or orders yet- its more that likely that we'll face another Oklahoma summer, as C-17 training takes place at Altus AFB in southern Oklahoma.  Apparently its a pretty chill training program, we've heard 5 hour days only 4 days a week.  Hopefully we'll also get a few trips in before going down there.



  1. So excited for you guys!! Congratulations ;)

  2. This sounds like it's SUCH a great thing for you guys! I'm so happy for you- lets hope they set some dates so you can get the ball rolling!

    xo em

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