Monday, January 13, 2014
Air Guard Student Flight Drill 2
This weekend was my second UTA (Unit Training Assembly, a.k.a. drill weekend) with the Idaho Air National Guard (read about UTA 1 here). Once again, since I haven't yet received my formal training through BMT (Basic Military Training) or Tech School, I attend Student Flight, which is intended to help ready future trainees for Basic Training.
This weekend was awesome. We did push-ups, we got yelled at, we marched, we received instruction, and we got to meet several high-ranking personnel who came to speak to us. I enjoy all the learning that we do, but when we have the opportunity to listen to a Colonel or Command Chief Master Sergeant tell us about their journeys of climbing the ranks and the deployments they've been on—now that's the cool stuff.
I think my favorite part of Student Flight is the camaraderie that I'm forming with my fellow future trainees, our BIT's (Airmen who are home on a break-in-training before Tech School), and our NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge). The friendships that I'm making and experiences we're sharing are so unlike anything we'll ever have in the future, and it's neat to be making friends with airmen who are going to be stationed in squadrons all over our base. Plus, it doesn't hurt that our NCOIC is really cool. He helps us learn the ins and outs, and he may yell at us or give us a hard time, but it's all for our own good... we enjoy our time while doing it because of his positive attitude.
Overall, I look forward to each upcoming UTA more and more. I'm taking every chance I can to help expand my Air Force knowledge and make myself a better airman. In fact, I've been spending a lot of time doing it—and less time doing other things, such as (as you may have noticed)... blogging. It's fun to be so into something and so excited about all that the future holds.
See my other Air National Guard Student Flight experiences here: UTA 1 │ UTA 2 │ UTA 3 │ UTA 4 │ UTA 5
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