Basic Combat Training Graduation - Ft Jackson South Carolina
What a week it's been! I added many of these photos to Facebook but for family members who aren't on FB, here is a recap of our week :-)
Doug and Tristan
Tuesday we drove up to Columbia, South Carolina and took our very road weary shibas up to the room. (Staybridge Suites are very nice, by the way...if you ever need a nice suite with kitchen.) It was rather maddening to know we were just a few miles from Tristan.
Wednesday was Family Day and to start it off, we were treated to a demonstration of the SIT's (Soldier in Training) skills. Insurgents arrived on the field in a truck, jumped out and started firing. (With the loud gun fire I was very glad Kobe didn't attend. He would have been terrified)
As they were attacking a group of U.S. soliders came running at them and "took them down".
Our soldiers made a dramatic entrance by running through the smoke.
For Graduation the soldiers who were able to pass and graduate lined up by company and platoon. Tristan was in Charlie Company, platoon 1.
After more ceremony the family members were allowed to go on the field and claim their loved ones. Until you found them, they remained at attention on the field. At least with them remaining in one place they were a bit easier to find in all the mayhem of long awaited reunions!
This was after we found Tristan on the field. Can you tell I'm a proud mommy?
At our hotel
It will be another 10 weeks before we see him again.
We are all proud of him. As his recruiter told him, not everyone can join up these days with stricter requirements (moral character, physical fitness, etc) and it's even fewer who do step up. In times like this I admit I worry, but I am so pleased to see him this happy with all he has accomplished.
An amazing reunion.
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