Thursday night was the Dining-Out, a formal military dinner used to celebrate important events. I put on my monkey suit--aka, mess dress--and Susan joined me and the rest of Kelly Class at the Officers' Club. It was a highly entertaining evening, complete with skits poking fun at our experience, a grog bowl, and numerous toasts. To my surprise, Echo Flight won the table-decorating contest, as judged by the esteemed guests at the head table (assorted Brigadier Generals, Colonels, and Lieutenant Colonels). Our tables were decorated with green army men (in honor of our flight commander and G.I. Joe lookalike) and plastic bugs (for the Echo Flight Exterminators). But that's only part of the table-decorating competition. The other part is the chants and jodies we burst into each time the head table guests came around. Here are a couple of the chants and jodies we said:
We don't hesitate
Bugs, rats, spiders, mice
Falcons, Griffins, other flights
chirp chirp chirp chirp SQUASH!
Echo Flight Exterminators
Stompin' all you bugs and haters
If you try to step to us
We'll just make you eat our dust
E-C-H-O, act like you know!
E-C-H-O, that's how we roll!
And we won without doing our signature jody, which I put up against any other jody voiced by Kelly Class over the last five weeks: the Nine flights jody. This one came to me in a half-sleep state and I woke up at midnight to scratch it out. Here's how it goes.
Nine flights fought for fame and glory
Eight flights fell, here’s the story
Alpha took a shot at us
We ran them over with a bus
Bravo came a sniffin’ round
We put ‘em six feet under ground
Charlie tried to pass us by
We stopped ‘em, dropped ‘em, made ‘em cry
Delta wanted a little taste
We rearranged their pretty face
Foxtrot came and threw a punch
We blocked ‘em, clocked ‘em, ate their lunch
Golf had violence on their mind
But simply didn’t have the spine
Hotel tried to take us down
But found out we’re the toughest ‘round
India was last to fall
They found out winning takes some guts
Nine flights fought for fame and gloryEcho won – end of story!
|Three flight commanders sent to the grog (Snake Eyes is on the right)|
|Echo Flight men|
|Echo Flight ladies|
|They were sent to the grog bowl for wearing "party shirts"|
The day after the dining-out was graduation day. We started off with an awards ceremony. I was pleasantly surprised to be named a Distinguished Graduate along with two others in my flight. That means that we were all in the top 10% of the class based on our graded measures.
|Getting my award from Col Stout|
|My salute isn't straight enough - dang!|
|My roommate, Father John|
|Another happy member of Echo Flight|
|Snake Eyes was a wonderful instructor|