Being pregnant wasn't going to stop me from attending the Wing's Annual Awards Banquet. I guess it helps when you get your maternity uniforms issued to you and you have a sense of obligation due to having won a quarterly award. If you're a new Airman, you should definitely try to attend any sort of special event your Wing offers, as it's a great way to network as well as get dressed up. The Air Force, like any other service, loves a great party!
|DH and I, taking our official photo! I'm 32w6d here.|
Pet peeve of mine - please take the time to review AFI 36-2903 prior to attending any sort of semi-formal/formal function where you may be unfamiliar with the regulations for your uniforms. Even if you think you have a good hold of it, it's always best to go straight to the source to double check. No one wants to be that guy that stands out for the wrong reasons. If you're an über nerd like me, you'll even download it onto your electronic device of choice for easy access when you're putting together your uniforms. You'd be surprised by what you might find. When I first got my maternity uniforms, I wasn't aware that I had to have stripes on my white shirt (a no-no for non-preggos) or that service dress meant the satin tie-tab (which is reserved for semi-formal/mess dress when you're not pregnant). I saw a few females last night that were wearing pants (the skirt is a must) and another wearing low quarters with her skirt (pumps must be worn).
While most people aren't a fan of the maternity uniforms in general, the "blueberry muu muu" isn't all that bad, especially in terms of comfort. My biggest issue is that the white blouse doesn't come in long lengths. After being issued a medium shirt, I had to eat the cost and buy the next size up, in hopes of getting longer sleeves. It was still too short, but I had to roll with it. Luckily, the larger shirt meant a larger neckline, so I didn't feel constricted like I did last year. The beauty of the muu muu is that I was blissfully free and unrestricted - plenty of room to chow down at dinner! Plus, the muu muu has pockets, which meant I could completely ditch the purse. Room for a small tech school wallet, my iPhone, and a lipstick. Having been to the boards in December, all I had to do was remove my name tag and my uniform was ready. Super convenient for me, which was great after a busy day of drill. I was comfortable all night, without any issues.
DH and I ended up having a great time, more so than last year. We had an amazing speaker, CMSgt Bob Vasquez (retired), who was engaging and inspiring. To top it off, I got this cool flight scarf to represent my squadron! This is going to be the last banquet I attend as an Airman and part of my current squadron, so I'm glad I went. I got a number of teasing "you're at the wrong table" comments, from those that know I'm heading to OTS at the end of the year.
The camaraderie amongst the squadrons lends itself to all sorts of high jinks during the honoring of award recipients. The maintenance squadron came equipped with a real drum, a couple plastic horns, and an air raid siren that they let loose every time one of their members was called. Cow bells and other various noisemakers are the norm at these things. Last year it was Security Forces, this year the rowdy group was definitely Maintenance! My future squadron is equally as fun-loving, so who knows what's in store for me!
Hope everyone else had a good weekend. I'm wiped out from being the acting supervisor all weekend and trying to accomplish all of our tasks in a limited amount of time. Off to bed, school comes early!