Friday, September 14, 2012

AF Form 2096

Air Force Form 2096, the Classification/On-The-Job Training Action form.  The magical document that pending my signature, my supervisor's signature, my commander's signature, and the signature of the chief of education and training means...



I'm officially a 5 skill-level Personnelist!

Yes, it's official!  Today, Friday the 14th of September, is my big day!  It's hard to believe that only a year ago I was returning home from BMT and tech school and in-processing into my base.  I've been in the operational Air Force for a full year at this point.  I'm proud of everything that I've accomplished in such a short period of time.  I've been motivated every step of the way, and that drive pays off today.  My seasoning training is done, all of my tasks have been mastered in my training record, and my time in training is complete.  I'm no longer an Apprentice, I'm a Journeyman.

I have much to learn, of course, but this is a big step in my military career and many more doors open as a result of me achieving this skill level (opportunities to volunteer for deployment or training at other bases, the chance to go to Airman Leader School once I've been in long enough).
  
Now that my five-level is on the books, the education and training office can put in my nomination for my CCAF degree, since I've completed all of the requirements and was just waiting on the award of my five-level.  I should be recognized with the rest of the graduates at the next Wing Commander's Call, which I'm hoping DH will be home in time to witness. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Liebster Blog Award


Mrs. S from Lipstick & Leathernecks tagged me for the Liebster Blog Award and I figured I'd indulge, just to bring you more since I've been holding out on you for so long.  I'll try to keep it AF-related to hold your interest.  ;)

Rules
1. Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you plus you MUST create a set of 11 new questions for the 11 people you tag. 
3. Choose 11 bloggers
5. Absolutely no tag backs.
6. The bloggers have to have less than 200 followers.
7. Go inform them that you nominated them for the award.
[I'm going to cheat and skip those rules.  I hope you'll forgive me.]

About Me
1.  I haven't told you yet about the sizing of military uniforms.  It's ridiculous.  I call myself "Spongebob ABU Pants" for a reason.  I'm normally wear a medium shirt.  My ABU top is an eighteen, which is what I was issued at BMT.  I've tried smaller sizes, but the smallest one with the arm length I'd need is a 16.  I'm not looking forward to paying to have them fitted.
2.  After being really successful at BMT, I felt like my first instructor at tech school really didn't like me and I couldn't understand why.  I don't think I was that sassy.  Eventually, we got a new instructor who I had a much better relationship with.
3.  The prior service Airman in my tech school class was a little younger than me.  I ended up feeling really competitive in the end and I may have been a little excited when I realized I had pass him up in my test scores.  We were neck and neck for Distinguished Graduate.
4.  I learned at tech school that volunteering for CQ (12 hour shifts) isn't always a dumb move.  I volunteered when leadership was in a pinch and managed to wrangle a 341 that granted me a "No PT" day.  I used it on my graduation day, so I could sleep longer and put on makeup.
5.  My first choices for AFSCs were Intel, Public Affairs/Historian, and Paralegal.  I was also convinced that I wanted to reclass to Military Equal Opportunity (MEO).
6.  On a selfish note, I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to go to Mexico this Christmas on vacation (it's my family's tradition) because of traveling restrictions for military members.  This would be the first year in a long time that we've been able to afford it and that we could go together.  We'll cross our fingers and hope for the best!
7.  The IP Casino in Biloxi, MS (Keesler AFB) has a pizza restaurant that has an amazing scallop appetizer.  I miss fresh seafood, especially scallops!  The only bummer is that you only get four in the appetizer.
8.  Tech school DFACs are some of the best eating you're going to get on a military installation, mark my words.  We don't have 1/3 of those options at the Peterson DFAC.  Seriously, take advantage and load up!  I miss the made-to-order sandwiches and the ice cream bar!
9.  I still carry a tech school wallet when I'm in uniform.  They're approximately $4 or less and they're a laminated paper-type material with a clear window.  SUPER convenient for keeping the bar code of your CAC accessible for dining at the DFAC.
10.  I love that I regularly get compliments about my AF hair (in regulation, looks near-perfect, etc.).  The impression is worth the effort!  Gotta be squared away!
11.  If you're going to invest in a nice, tactical backpack, go for the solid black ones.  They're cheaper and you can wear them in blues or ABUs.  While I am glad I have an ABU one, it sucks having to hand-carry it when I'm in blues.                          

Mrs. S' Questions
1.  What is your favorite season?  Living in Colorado, I'd say spring or fall, but I'm leaning towards spring when it starts warming up but before it gets too hot.  Spring has the best candy and idea napping weather!
2.  What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn?  My mom used to sew my costumes as a child.  I really haven't dressed up as an adult, or not that I really remember.  One of my favorite costumes was Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, although my mom made the dress in pink because I wanted it pink instead of blue. 
3.  What did you want to be when you grew up?  Are you doing that now?  I used to say I wanted to be an art teacher, and while I'm not doing that, I'm still int he teaching field! 
4.  When is your birthday?  December 31st, the last day of the year!
5.  Show us something funny.
6.  Favorite joke.  I'm really not a joke person.  I'm failing you, folks!  
7.  What's in your purse right now?  Too much crap!  My Erin Condren planner, a flash drive, car keys, school keys, wallet, makeup bag (lip products, blotting papers, floss), gum, pens/pencils/lead/eraser, various scattered business cards, my school access card, school ID card, hand lotion.
8.  What time do you usually wake up in the morning?  0530, every morning that I'm teaching.  I don't sleep in too late on the weekend these days.
9.  Dog or cat person?  I'm not opposed to dogs, but I've never owned one.  I grew up having cats.  We don't have any pets right now.
10.  Favorite store?  Sephora or The Container Store.
11.  What color is your couch?  Red!

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #74

I can't have you all thinking that I've fallen off the face of the earth, and while I've been hoping to bring you that story from the AF News Service, it hasn't been published yet.  That being said, MFF it is!  Proof that I'm still alive and kicking, although busier than ever!

1.  What's one thing in the past month you would have changed?  I honestly can't say much, but I would like to do without the craziness that seems to be mandatory when the school year starts.  I've been flooded with work, administrative tasks, IEPs to write, etc.  It's daunting and it hasn't left me with much down time.  If there was a way to make it more manageable and put more hours in my day, I would!

2.  What was your favorite thing that happened in August?  Having a long-lost wingman from BMT and tech out here for a mutual wingman's wedding.  It was great to see her and we had an amazing weekend bombing around!

3.  What did you do to celebrate Labor Day?  What else?  I labored.  I used that day to pack up the living room and dining room in preparation for our move.  I really wasn't feeling up for gatherings.

4.  What do you HAVE to have handy by your bedside?  My cell phone, my iPad, and a water bottle.  Lip balm of some variety is also a necessity, as well as glasses.

5.  What are you looking forward to in September?  Being done with this move, done with paying rent, and done with our rental home!  That's the biggest to-do in September that is completely consuming me right now.  I'm hoping for a smooth closing, although we're hitting bumps in the road that are out of our control.  I'm not the praying type, but I'm praying that it all comes together and the stars align.  In the mean time, I'm wiped out between working, putting in extra hours [always working at those financial goals!], and packing.  I've had to scrap my running schedule because there's just not enough hours or energy in my day.  I'm looking forward to regaining some normalcy in a new setting.  Ooh...I'm also looking forward to officially being a 5-level Personnelist on the 14th of this month, followed by the application for my CCAF degree!

Hope everyone's September is off to a great start!  Eyes on the prize for me, as October means we're in our new home and DH is almost done with training.  Plus, FIL and I are escaping to the Vail area for a wedding.  Good times!