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In the deed the glory."

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Beat Your Face!

It has been a busy week so I haven't had any time to update the blog. I can't really go into details but I had a pretty significant legal proceeding this week that just wrapped up today. It has taken most of my free time and unfortunately the old blog was the first thing to go. Now that this is behind me it should hopefully get things back to somewhat normal. Normal as in busy enough to always have 2 or 3 things going on but still able to have some free time to hit the gym and watch movies.

After a lot of hard work by Chief Regan, SFC Kerchal, and SSG Johnson, my promotion came through this week. I am now a member of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) corps, also known as a Sergeant. There are many benefits to being an NCO. More money (not a ton but a little), a little more respect, and you can make the junior enlisted do pushups (look out Benes, Burnham, and Fleck!). Unfortunately, there are also more responsibilities. I have a weekly meeting I have to go to now, and I can't use the excuse anymore that I'm just a Specialist, which was one of my favorites when I wanted to get out of doing something. All in all it is a good thing and I'm excited.
Our First Sergeant, the senior NCO for the HQ Troop, is big on doing promotions in front of the whole unit. This is me reporting to the Troop Commander, CPT Lorenz. SFC Kerchal, the NCOIC of my section is in the background. In the far background you can see SGT Hanseling, but can't tell that he has a blackeye due to the Oakleys he is wearing. More on that to follow later.
My last salute (hopefully!) as a Spec 4.
It is official! The Commander does the easy rank on the chest, which is velcro. SFC Kerchal did the one on the patrol cap which is a little but tougher. This is SSG Johnson's old rank, there is no E5 rank to be found anywhere on post. He had to make the chevron on my hat from an E6 rank by cutting off the "rocker" which is what separates the E5 and E6. Score one for Army ingenuity.


Anonymous said...

Congrats Babe! E5 has been a long time coming. We love you and are proud of you.
Erika and Ben

Forney said...

Congratulations, Steve!! I am certain the promotion is well deserved. It's really great to keep up with you on your blog. I am in Tampa right now...was in Edina Monday and Naperville Tuesday and now Tampa Wednesday. I am on vacation Thurs/Fri/Mon and am really looking forward to some time off with the family. We're heading to Estes Park to celebrate my Grandma's 90th birthday, so it should be a nice trip. We have lot of fun stuff planned with the kids like horseback riding (only 1 hour but still fun), gondola ride with a "short" hike at the top, water park, etc. My cousin has 2 kids at 4 and 2 just like Allison and Carson so it should be lots of fun to get together with the family.

You are sure missed back home! I am glad to hear all is well with you. Take care.


JH said...

And to think, all this time as a Specialist, and I never had the reason/oppertunity to drop you! Wasted time I tell you...

Sack said...

Thanks babe. I love you too!

Enjoy your time off. I know it is well deserved. With all of those frequent flyer miles you should be able to fly the entire family to Hawaii and back.

Brian said...

Congrats' Sgt Kane.

You're looking good bud. Would liked to have seen the ceremony, but man it looks hot out there. Would be tough making a guy do pushup on a 115 degree day. But, I guess if a guy has to...

Lookin' forward to hearing about this guys black eye. This should be good.


Anonymous said...

Congrats Steve! I think this calls for a round of Leon's Rib Eyes for you and the boys!

Hey Kane! No Fear!!!