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I started this blog to keep in touch with my family and friends during my time attending Commissioned Officer Training (COT) and the Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course (JASOC) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Now I'm done with training and back in the "real" world, but I'll keep updating this blog with any interesting developments from my JAG career.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Days 6, 7 and 8: Finally, a Respite From the Onslaught

Friday night (after Day 5) was a huge relief.  We still had to get up at 7am on Saturday (Day 6) for breakfast, and then take our first test (on knowledge of the OTSMAN, which we’ve been reading all week)—but there is a huge difference between getting up at 6:15 am to get ready for breakfast and getting up at 4:15 am to get ready for class.  Plus, the weather cleared up today and that cold front moved out, so no more freezing temperatures—at least not outdoors.  Just as it started to heat up outdoors, our A/C decided to kick in again at full blast, chilling our room back down to the low- to mid-50s.
One of my flight mates is notorious in our flight for being temperature-sensitive.  He’s always begging us to wear our parkas, gloves, and watchcaps in the morning, but it isn’t that cold.  And we all have to be standardized, so he can’s just wear whatever he wants.  Anyway, I told him tonight that our room had turned back into an igloo, and he came up with a pretty brilliant plan:  cover the vent with masking tape.
We did that, and it worked like a charm.  For about two hours.  By that time, the air pressure from the vent had overcome the tackiness of the tape, and we were back down to the chilly mid-50s.  Then my cold-sensitive buddy had another idea.  Remove the grate completely and stuff a pillow in there!  I was skeptical at first, but he was right on!  Here’s a photo of Father John with our improvised vent blocker.

Finally, something to stop the A/C!  (That dark rectangle above Father John is a camoflauge pillow stuffed in our vent.)
The funny thing is, the air was blowing so hard that when I put the pillow in there for the first time, it shot right back out because of the air pressure.  But I re-stuffed it and it held through the night, so I think we’re going to be okay. 
Just because it was a long holiday weekend doesn’t mean we had it easy.  There was a ton of work to do over the weekend, and since my Air Force computer is still not functioning, I had to spend 6 hours of my Sunday in a computer lab.  But that said, it was great to catch up on some sleep after all those nights of sleeping from 12am to 4am.  And the weekend did afford me the opportunity to go to a Catholic service on base.  Father John participated in the service, which was pretty cool.  Here are some pictures.

The next thing up (on Tuesday morning) is the Physical Fitness Baseline (PFB) test.  There are four components to the Air Force fitness standard:  (1) waist/BMI size; (2) how many pushups you can do in a minute; (3) how many situps you can do in a minute; and (4) time for a 1.5 mile run.  I should do alright because of all my CrossFit training, so I’m not sweating it.  Plus, it’ll just be nice to get out there and get moving.
Happy Martin Luther King day, everyone!

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