Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
We had everything finished and started eating by 12. It was the earliest Thanksgiving meal I have ever eaten. It was kind of nice getting done so early as we were able to go down to Waikiki and take in some of the sites including a nice sunset at Ala Moana beach and the Christmas lights.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
on her bed right outside the room Gina was sleeping but we moved her bed so Gina wouldn't have to trip over her on the way to the bathroom. Ginger didn't seem to mind the new arrangement and at the time of the picture, Gina Didn't either. Maybe it was because their names share the same first three letters. I promised Gina that if she came, I would fill her trip with activities. We started off with a tour of the base and the local area. We finished the day with a sunset walk along the path that skirts Pearl Harbor.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Today we had the day off in celebration of Veteran's Day which was yesterday. This was my 40th Veteran's Day but this is the most special because on 17 June 2007, my younger brother Josh gave his life serving our country in Panjway, Afghanistan. You don't realize the sacrifice our veterans and their families make until you lose one in your family. I have been in the Military for 22 years and have never seen action. Josh was in the Army less than 5 years and received 2 bronze stars and a purple heart. The last Bronze Star and the purple heart were awarded posthumously. Josh was 3 weeks from his 27th birthday when his Humvee hit an IED. He was killed instantly with 3 other soldiers. We were in the process of moving from Omaha to Hawaii the day it happened. We were visiting my parents farm when the staff car arrived at around 1400 on Father's Day. That was the lowest day of my life. The support from our community as well as my units (gaining and losing) was tremendous. I
Sunday, November 11, 2007
When I joined the Air Force I had not intention of being stationed outside of the Continental US until the opportunity to move to Germany came in 2000. I volunteered primarily to avoid being stationed in Korea where you aren't allowed to take your family. What a wonderful opportunity. We were stationed at Ramstein AB which is in the state of Rhineland Pfalz which sits in the west central portion of the country. Prior to moving to Germany, my cycling interests were primarily of the mtn bike persuasion. That changed quickly when I discovered the windy German roads. We lived 12 km north of the base in the village of Kollweiler. I had a great commute. Here are some of the sites I saw every day on my way to work.