Friday, April 25, 2014

A Very Special Day - #ArmyStrong

While Robert and I are headed to Washington D.C. today, an even more exciting and important event is taking place. My younger brother graduates from his final round of training today at the Fort Sam Houston Army Base in San Antonio, Texas. Over the past few months, after his graduation from Basic Combat Training (BCT), he has been in the very intensive Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to become an Army Combat Medic. He has not only done well, but has flourished and truly found his niche. He has consistently performed as one of the top students throughout his training, and all while in Sixty-Eight Whiskey (68W), one of strictest platoons on base.

Brad and I hiking in Hawaii - 2004

Brad and I before a football game for our high school - 2006

I am so proud to call him my brother. Although he can now proudly proclaim himself as a soldier and medical professional, he has always been a protector and a healer in my eyes. I remember when we were very young, if I had a nightmare or needed someone to check underneath my bed for ‘monsters’, my brother came in unafraid with his baseball bat ready to take on anything that threatened me. When I was sick or got hurt, he always helped take care of me. He is, and always will be, my brother and one of my best friends!

Brad and I in Maui after Robert’s and my Wedding - 2012

Although I cannot be at his graduation today, I will absolutely be there in spirit. I will also get to spend a few days with him next week/weekend in Dallas before he heads off for his first year-long deployment in South Korea.

Brad and I in San Antonio a few weeks ago - 2014

I love you Brad, and am so proud of you! ARMY STRONG! #HOOAH #ProudArmySister

QOTD: Do you have family or friends in the military?

25 comments

  1. What great pictures! Kinda cool seeing the two of your grow through the years. Congrats to your brother and you rock that race this weekend. I hope your knee doesn't give you much trouble!

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    1. Thank you!! :0) Best of luck to Lacey this weekend at Big Sur!

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  2. HOOAH! Some of my mom's cousins were in the army, and my dad and I went to Ft. Riley for a transfer ceremony one year. It was cool, and he even got us inside a tank.

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  3. yippee for your brother!!! Love seeing you both grow up in the pictures (your wedding picture with him is beautiful!!!)
    So grateful for people who are willing to serve our country!

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! I am so grateful for all our military service members as well :0)

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  4. This post got me all choked up. I'm a sucker for sibling love (I have both and older brother and sister who I think the world of) and I'm a former military gal ;-) We are a Navy family. Congrats to your brother and good luck again this weekend!!!

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    1. Thank you Michele! We are actually a Navy and Army family - my dad was in the Navy for 24 years before his military retirement!

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    2. And thank you so much for your service!

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  5. A huge congrats to your brother!!! That is so amazing! I actually have a friend in the Air Force heading to South Korea for a year in a couple weeks.

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    1. Thanks Courtney! Best of luck to your friend in the AF, and please thank him for his service for me :0)

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  6. That's so awesome, and I'm really happy he's done so well!

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  7. What a great accomplishment! May God continue to bless him in his future endeavors!

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  8. Wow, that is so amazing! A big congrats to your brother! :)

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  9. Wow, that is so awesome, congrats Brad!!

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  10. That is great, congratulations to your brother!

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  11. So cool seeing the pictures of you two growing up together. You clearly have a great bond! Congrats to Brad!

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    1. We really do. I feel so blessed to have a close family! I will pass along your congrats to him!

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