Well, he did it! If you remember, last year Army Guy was accepted into the Army Aviation program. His first step toward becoming a pilot has been achieved with his graduation from Warrant Officer School! Sequestered in barracks from his family until graduation, it was a red letter day for everyone who faithfully sent cards and letters of support.
And now the fun begins. With the eye on the prize of flight school, he must first survive 21 days of SERE school. SERE stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. It mimics the conditions a soldier would find him/herself in if they were pursued and captured by hostile forces, aka the enemy. I can only imagine what happens behind the scenes.
But for now, Army Wife is happy to have him back home. Here are a few dignified, formal shots of graduation…and a few not so dignified shots of the after-party. (Since we couldn’t make the actual graduation, ceremony photos are compliments of a proud grandparent and equally proud Army Wife.)
- I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
- I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
- If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
- If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
- When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability, I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
- I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
Now for a few party pics; less dignified with no pomp for the circumstance.
Yep, that’s him. Our future pilot.
Congrats on a job well done.