Mailed blog – written by Julian
14 Feb 11
My face is beaming right now. It’s Valentine’s Day and even though I’m ending the day completely exhausted, I feel great because I know I am so loved. Seven letters came my way today (three from Mom & Dad, Mary, Aunt Glo, Aunt Gayle, and Sharon V.)! Okay, Gomez just busted me for writing this with a goofy grin on. The timing was perfect as tomorrow morning we start a three-day exercise out in the field and I really needed the energy from the letters you guys send. Thanks!
Today was a long day of waiting. We got fitted in our dress blues, or Army Service Uniform as they’re technically called. They do a pretty good job of getting all of us in fitted and altered. My uniform is snug as a bug, so that’s good incentive to stay fit and trim. While it’s nice to have this uniform (it’s pretty expensive if you have to buy it yourself), I will never get to wear it in its current state. We will be graduating in our ACU’s (camo). Bummer, I know. There was a rumor going around that you don’t wear your dress uniforms if you graduate during a time of war. Not sure if there’s any truth to that, but stay tuned. The next opportunity I have to wear a dress uniform will be at my graduation from Officer Candidate School (OCS) and the uniform I got today will have to go through a major makeover for that event.
The hall in which we waited for our alterations had big photos of 9-11 displayed on the walls. The tears of frustration from that day are still fresh in my memory. Seeing those photos reminded me how I felt. Here I am today, preparing and strengthening myself to stand up and ensure that never happens to our country again. It feels good to be carrying out in action what I have always believed in my heart; this country is worth fighting for. All the cold nights, tummy grumbles, and never-ending fatigue are far worth the price of freedom. God Bless America!