Thanks for checking in!

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.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcome to Montgomery!

Montgomery is cold.  I underestimated just how cold it is.  But it may be unseasonably so right now.  According to the news, there is a severe snow/ice warning for much of the South, including Montgomery, from tonight through tomorrow.  Apparently flights in and out of Montgomery were being cancelled, so I’m glad that I got in early.  And I hope the rest of my COT classmates arrive safely.
Tonight I’m staying on base at a really nice Air Force Inn, with cable TV and my own bathroom.  That’s all going to change come tomorrow when I move into the COT trainee dorms, so I’m really enjoying it tonight.  I didn’t have a reservation, but thankfully Maxwell has a lot of rooms because it’s where the USAF Air University is; virtually all of academic Air Force instruction takes place here, and every airman or officer in the Force comes through Maxwell at some point.  I rode to the base in a cab with four other servicemen and women who are attending other training programs over the next days or weeks.
Unfortunately, the dining hall is closed and I don’t know my way around the base—also, did I mention it’s freezing outside?—so my only option for food tonight is a protein bar that I’d forgotten was in my work bag.  Nothing says welcome to Montgomery like a Zero Impact Pumpkin Supreme bar!
After wolfing down that bar and catching the end of the Packers-Eagles game, I’m settling in for a night of studying.  I want to make sure I have a handle on the basics of military customs and courtesies before I report at noon tomorrow.  Of course, I’m sure I’ll screw up.  And I’m sure I’ll get yelled at for it.  But that’s just the way it goes.


  1. You won't screw'll be as successful as you always are. were raised with great manners. Let me know if anyone yells at you and step-mama bear will come running! <3 u

  2. Hey Kiko, We here in San Carlos send our love and wish you luck. We know you'll rock it like you do everything you go after. This blog is a great idea and between cries, headaches and sleepless nights I'll do my best to check-in to see what is new in your temporary world of Montgomery, Alabama.

  3. the above references the fact that lil' Wil is now home with us and we're giving parenthood a go now... wish us luck. :) I look forward to reading about your adventures. 'Til next time...