Friday, June 17, 2011

Living the dream!

I went to Charleston last weekend
with a friend--fun!
Life is crazy busy right now, and crazy good. Last week, we took the APFT, and this week we celebrated both the Army's birthday and the Finance Corps' birthday . . . OK, we were busy with more than birthday celebrations . . .

Our first assignment was due today, and we have distance learning modules to complete as well. I'll be studying this weekend.

There's so much more that I could write about . . . My class is going to take the new APRT while we're here (pilot testing . . . kind of). I'll try to make time to write more this weekend.


Monday, June 06, 2011

Soldier's Creed

I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

Matt Larsen, 2003

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Hello, South Carolina!

Yes, finally!
I arrived in South Carolina yesterday afternoon--it was 100 degrees . . . and I was happy to stop driving!

It's hot here, but nice. I wasn't excited to have a snake slither in front of my car (about three feet long) before I even reached Ft. Jackson, but I digress . . .

Crazy weather - My camera focused
on the rain drops on the window,
but it was pouring outside!
The weather here is strange. Today, I went to the PX to pick up a few things. It was 91 degrees when I parked. When I left (about 20 minutes later), it was 71 degrees and POURING. I was soaked when I got to my car.

Once back to my room, the lightning became constant. There were thunderstorm warnings stating that there could be golf ball sized hail. Not good. Then the power went out. Some areas in Columbia are still without power. My lights are on, but I was operating on candlelight for awhile.

The weather here is crazy, but life is good.