Thursday, January 3, 2013

Aiming High in 2012

This past year has brought a number of positive changes to my life and the life of my family, for which I am thankful!  I'm a few days late, but I had to share with you how far I've come - as a blogger, as an Airman, and as a milspouse.

January - My blog was reborn with the intent to be a teaching tool for those entering the Air Force, as well as to chronicle my own military career and adventures.  I poured most of my efforts into the "Heading to BMT?" series.  I ended the month celebrating my first Air Force anniversary!

February - With the encouragement from another AF Reservist, I signed up for my first half marathon, which was a 2012 resolution for me.  

March - I attended my Wing's annual Awards Banquet, my first semi-formal dress occasion in the Air Force.

April - I said goodbye to Henry, my '07 Harley Davidson Street Bob, my first motorcycle, and the vehicle that connected me with the Patriot Guard and numerous friends.  After much back and forth, DH finally swore into the AF Reserve, his third branch of service!  I found out that I was a finalist for the Milbloggies!

May - I went back and forth, and finally decided that I would pursue commissioning.  While on a long-awaited vacation in Durango, I learned that AHE was the 2012 Air Force Blog of the Year!  I completed my first half marathon!  With school ended, I began seasoning training as a Personnelist.

June - DH left for Sheppard AFB and Crew Chief tech school.  I found out that I was the Airman of the Quarter for my squadron.

July - I took the AFOQT.  I met the Airman of the Quarter board for the wing - while I was not successful, it was a great learning experience.  I traveled to Sheppard to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.  *cough*  This may have resulted in the littlest Airman.  *cough*

August - DH and I officially celebrated five years of marriage, although it was across the miles and I had scheduled my first operational PT test that day!  Before beginning my 7th year of teaching, I completed seasoning training.

September - With my seasoning training and core tasks completed, I was officially a 5 skill level Personnelist, a 2012 resolution!

October - I shared with family, friends, and my dear readers the news that we were expecting a little Airman!  As a result, I started the "Enlisted and Expecting" series on the blog.  I also spent a majority of the month participating in my wing's Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI).  I officially completed my CCAF degree this month, an Associate's of Applied Science in Human Resource Management, although I will be recognized as an April 2013 graduate.

November - I submitted my package for the Deserving Airman Commissioning Program (DACP).  

December - I met the DACP board and was approved to attend Officer Training School (OTS)!  I also found out that I had an opportunity to work with our newly formed Development and Training Flight (D&TF).  I wrapped up the season like any good Airman elf - by tracking Santa for the second year in a row!

To say it's been an eventful year is probably an understatement, but that's typically the speed at which I work!  Always moving, always shaking.  2013 will, without a doubt, be even bigger and better with the birth of our first child!  Thank you all for your readership over the last year - I look forward to sharing more of my experiences with you in the coming days!


Bikegirl said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!! You have achieved so much last year and I bet you will have a long list at the end of this year too! Hope you are keeping welland keep up the inspiring work :)

Jamie said...

Definitely a busy year for you but the best is yet to come!

Erin said...

@Bikegirl - Thank you hon! I definitely feel blessed for everything that we were able to accomplish this year!