Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Virginia Women's State Record!!!

(ABOVE- the girls, geared up)
(ABOVE- record formation built! i'm in the lower right corner in black and teal!)
This summer, at Skydive The Point, we attempted the women's record for the State of Virginia, and we built it on the 2nd attempt! Go chicas! =)

Reach the Beach Relay 2010

A few wkds ago, Michael and I, along with 10 more of his shipmates, ran the Reach the Beach 209mile relay race in New Hampshire. Our team raised $4,500 for Alzheimers to be able to run the race. Michael and I each ran over 20 miles of the relay. This is us at the finish line, we were exhausted!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Married... happy... back in DC...




Ok so it's been a while since i've been able to post but thats bec i've been a little busy... I got back from Afghanistan and Michael and I went straight to Vegas =) Had an awesome week, got married and spent some weeks together. It was really great. I went back to work at HQ and he got back underway on his ship...
I'm back in my old job, settling back in... I'm back working at VIDA as a Personal Trainer and teaching classes, I'll update my schedule as my classes get settled.... I'm basically working at HQ during the day, VIDA at nite and at the dz on the wkds... and with Michael anytime we can see each other when he's not underway. busy busy busy....
oh and we got a kitten! his name is Moe, he's so cute!!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pics from Deployment....

(ABOVE- something special about ATFC was that we were probably the only unit in Afghanistan that had all 5 services serving within the unit itself... this was dinner one nite when we just happened to have one of each service exactly and Gunny had his camera!)
(ABOVE- prolly my favorite picture, this is me in Leatherneck, in the South of Afghanistan, holding the CG flag!)

(ABOVE- Tifanny, me, and Kalita... the ATFC girls... it was just us three for most of the time in Bagram as the girls for ATFC..., Tiff my roomie made me laugh all the time!)
(ABOVE- LTC and me... there is a story about this "thumbs down".... I will forever be known as the ATFC officer who on a big VTC (pretty much including all sorts of national level offices) gave a thumbs down when I was on camera, responding to someone... it was actually pretty funny at the time and was totally appropriate when it happened... it gave us all a laugh and LTC even mentioned it in his departing speech about me when he gave me my award.
(ABOVE- COL and I... he's awesome! really awesome O-6 to work for!)
(ABOVE- my going away shadow box with flag and coins! this was award nite... I got a DMSM! which is freakin awesome!!!!!, LTC said a lot of nice words about me which I wasnt expecting to hear, it really made me feel proud for what I had done here... )

(ABOVE- my Confirmation at EASTER!! I finally got confirmed this Easter, I'm so happy about this! Thank you for everyone for supported me thru this! My Saints name is St. Catherine Laboure! on the right is my sponsor, Kelly, he helped me thru the whole process and was very supportive!)

(ABOVE- We definitely got plenty of care packages through out the months, this one in particular is when our LTC rcvd a box of hundreds of boxes of girl scout cookies!!! omg we ate them all in like a week!)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Almost done...

Whew... what a crazy 6months in Afghanistan... wow... this is the first I've had internet to be able to post in a long time...

I'm in Al Udeid again, not quite home yet, still doing some work for my unit... but you all know I'm coming home soon... I'll post some pictures over the next few days when I have time.

I miss home so much!

Michael is also far away from home, but we will be together soon and I can't wait!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Engaged to Michael =)

(above, Michael and I after he proposed... I just got off the plane after having literally travelled around the world the past few days to get there!)


So the past week has been something completely unexpected. As everyone knows i've been deployed to Afghanistan. Last week however, very last minute my O-6 decided to send me all the way to Tampa to help train the new folks coming to our unit and to work on some support issues as well, so out of some miracle, I got flown all the way back to the states for one week. And out of complete luck, Michael had just finished his patrol and was home, he was able to come see me and we had the best week ever.... Michael proposed right on the tarmac when i came off the military rotary plane. I couldnt have been happier ...

We also got tattoos that we have been planning... we wrote each other poems and wanted to get each poem but the text was too long so we had to chop it to one line, we chose the line that Michael wrote for me, we each got it on our right calf, with each others names... I love it!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Hurry up and Wait...

Anyone see Noah?
at least the mountain of seabags makes for a comfy bed!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Deployed... First Stop: Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

So after a REALLY long flight to Doha, Qatar. Noah and I made it to Al Udeid.
We are extremely jetlagged, but here is a pic of us
Next post will be when I have internet somewhere in Afghanistan, I don't know where or when... but I'll try to post when I can. For anyone trying to keep up, I'm 8hrs ahead of East Coast time right now, and when I get to Afghanistan it will be a little bit more than 8hrs...
but anyways, I'm safe and sound and ready to go...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Good Times, Good friends... 5 yrs later!

Jan, Me and James in 2004...

and last nite we got together again... man its been WAY too long since all three of us got to hang out...
(BELOW- James, Me and Jan... 2009 hehe)
(BELOW- Me and Jan)

(Below- James and Me)
We had an awesome dinner and catchin up on old times last nite at Ceviche in Tampa...
Good times... Good friends... You guys are awesome! Miss you already! Hope we can all get together again soon... and Yes Jan, I will someday be able to get to Norway!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Soldiers hold joint Training

Check out: THE POST FT. DIX

I'm quoted in the article "Soldiers hold joint training"

They did take pictures of the Coasties but guess we werent pretty enough to put in the paper. =( They said they'd email me some of the pics though so if I get em, i'll post up....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

In the "Narmy" Now....


(ABOVE- CDR, me, Noah, back row- Mike, Doc, Weiss, Big-O, Bills, Mike and Baylor

So, as you know i've been at FT. DIX for some predeployment training. Well i'll try to describe the madness... Above is the group I went through training with. We were a group of 4 navy guys and 6 coasties, all "attached" to a navy command on base. The ten of us did everything together day and nite 24/7 practically, we lived in 4 rooms right next to each other in one part of a barracks. Notice, i'm the only girl in the group.. yeah that was interesting..... The guys were great, they took good care of me... and of course they liked to pick on me a great bit too.

The gang got along real great, nicknames started pretty quick... there were 5 officers and 5 enlisted. Three of the O's were named Mike... one we called doc... bec he's a PA. We called the CDR, CDR bec he was in charge! The senior Navy PO we called Big-O or alphabet soup bec his last name was so long.. BIG-O did a lot of extra work and we owe a lot to him for finishing up! Weiss we started calling the kid, bec he was the youngest and is practically an olympic runner, weiss ran me to shame a couple times, i couldnt keep up! Then of course they had a nickname for me... they called me Princess... well mostly Mike (the NYC mike) called me that.

The gang was pretty good though!

The trng was definitly beneficial, the navy unit hosting us called it "You're in the Narmy now" bec we definitely played army. One thing i'm certain of... I'm glad I didnt join the army! It was fun but I wouldnt want to do this stuff forever.

We got combat lifesavor certified, that was fun, we did real iv's on each other in that class.. check it out

(above- Me just having successfully given a combat IV to Bills)
(below- Me after my 2nd IV, I volunteered to get stuck twice, one in each arm bec i'm not afraid of needles, fun stuff, hehe)

The land nav course was interesting, We went through the training with a lot of Air Force folks deploying. My land nav team was Doc, Doria, Me and Rosanne an AF Major who loves driving the humvee... man that course was crazy... we almost got lost but we actually finished all three courses really fast! we ended up waiting around for almost 3 hrs waiting for other teams to finish. At one point Doc surprised us all by climbing a tree! We couldnt figure out how to get around a swamp and all of a sudden Doc was up in a tree... OMG it was funny!
(Below- Rosanne and Me at one of our markers)
Ok... so one of the STUPIDEST things ever.... the Army has GOT to change this one... OMG, no wonder they have problems in theater with rapes and sexual harassment... they ADVERTISE where the damn females are... like are you kidding me???
look at what i had to have outside my tent on at the "FOB" (forward operating base). LIke seriously... lets advertise where all the females are! and this one I was in the tent by myself bec there were no other girls... not that I'm not tough, I am, I can handle myself, but still, the tent shouldnt be singled out like that!
(below- The dumbest idea the army had).

We did so much trng i'm trying to remember all the stuff we did... it was crazy... long days some days.
I'm really comfortable with my m16 now though, I can fully take it apart and clean it all by myself no problem, I'm really comfortable shooting it. I shot more the past month that I previously had in my entire CG career, so that was cool.
well i think thats all the highlights i have time for right now... i'll try to remember more later...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

OMG we made it through!



So today... The 6 coasties made it through FT. DIX A-25 pre-deployment training... We just played army for over a month and OMG are we glad to be done!! I have lots of stories and photos to share with everyone, but dont have time to get the pics and blog right this second, but i'll try to get it up this wkd...
it feels so weird to not be locked down anymore... got a little bit of time before i'm gone and locked down for 6 full months in theater..

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pre-Deployment Trng at FT. DIX

(Above- post egress)
(Above- me getting in the gunner's harness...)
(above- Mike and I post trng, he saved my butt)
So most of you know I left DC for my pre-deployment training. It's been busy, I dont have much time to check email, but I wanted to post some pictures from the HEAT trainer yesterday, our team went through HUMVEE Rollover training, it was pretty crazy. I was the unlucky gunner position which is the position that isnt strapped in and if your team doesnt hold onto you, then you go flying all around inside... here are a few pics...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just read....



I took this photo today of a memorial of a bunch of old war letters...

man... what a powerful love letter... almost made me cry to read it...

Monday, September 14, 2009

riding the plane down is not so fun...

video


When the green light comes on... this is NOT the view you want to see =(
Sadly unable to see the dz at all... we had to ride the plane down! I havent ridden the plane down in over a year! Luckily the clouds broke up enough the rest of the day to get some good jumps in, and the sky was GORGEOUS with the clouds, I have some really cool video of the sky yesterday with these clouds, me flying around them =) when I get some more time i'll try to post that stuff tonite...

But for now... I'm off to report in to my pre-deployment training! Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Good bye DC...

So I packed up and left DC this weekend... PRE-Deployment training starts monday am...
I'm starting off in Portsmouth, VA... but will be at a few different places through now and December...
I"ll try to keep everybody updated through trng and before i actually go to Afghanistan...
thanks everyone for the well wishes! I'm excited!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

BOOOOOOGIE


(ABOVE- Rick's 1000th!)

So this long wkd was an awesome boogie for Carol Clay's Birthday! I got 19 jumps in... it was SUPER crowded but way fun, we got in Rick's 1000th jump!! check out the video below from Braden's camera, i'll try to post mine as well...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Not a bad wkd of jumping...

(above-Belly flyers- myself, Carol, Dara, Jason, and ANDREW, hangers- Pete, Corey and Brett)
So above is a Hybrid we did for Andrews 100th jump! Go Andrew...

And today we did John's 700th...
a total of 13 for me this wkd... not bad not bad...
whew, i'm beat... now time for some time in the ijoy and then to bed!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Whew... the tour is over...


UPDATE... PIC taken by Irwin Photographer Steve Kifer and was on the front page of the Irwin Paper!




Man oh man, was that a busy two weeks with the 257 Army Band! It honestly was a blast though, the patriotism at each place we performed was amazing and it was great to be a part of the spirit.
I've uploaded a lot of the video to youtube, so just check out my youtube page.

Above, is Sing, King, Swing at Brevard College in NC, and below is Saxophobia



As soon as I get pics from John I'll post them up too =)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kick off of the tour...

So tonite was the kick off performance of the 2week tour for the 257th Army Band... John and I were brought on as dancers to add some entertainment to part of the show...
above you can see our attempted costume of WWII theme... and below you can see the video... of our first time performing it... we perform almost every nite in the next two weeks, so hopefully it gets better and better, (we still have a few things to work out) but not too bad, we were pretty happy considering we had such few practices to put it all together... the crowd seemed to really like us!

Monday, June 29, 2009

7 yrs and 508 jumps until...

My FIRST CUTAWAY...
yep... had my first one this Saturday... AND Since I was videoing an AFF student I have it all on video... as soon as I have time to dl the video i'll post it up here...
Thanks everyone for spending hours helping me look for my main. SOOOOOO happy we found everything!



raw footage above...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

500 Baby!!





UPDATE: HERE's the SLIDESHOW of ALL the PICS!!



So.... FINALLY after all the hold ups, of bad weather, trips to the ER, blah blah... , I was able to make my 500th jump this past Saturday. And it rocked, I was really lucky I had a great group of friends. And Michael was even able to make it on the jump, (though against my better judgment, he jumped with a torn bicep tendon... tsk tsk tsk, which he is now sitting in surgery for, and i'm in the waiting room blogging... ) but he was DETERMINED to be on that jump with me, I couldn't stop him, luckily it all went well, we made it through the points TWICE! and no one got hurt! So I couldn't have asked for a better jump! Thanks everyone!
oh and thanks for the fabulous pie filling that i'm STILL cleaning out of my ears and clothes!!! omg!!

Give me a little bit and i'll add some video and all the pics in a slide show... here's a quick shot of what Corey did... but I still have to DL the video from my helmet =)


Yay for me...

I passed the exam! I officially am a Certified Personal Trainer!!! I'll be working at MP location of VIDA on various nites... sooooo excited that i've added this cert to my resume...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Casa Boogie...


So this wkd... the weather cooperated for 2 of the 4 day wkd... I got 15 jumps in and Mike got 12... not too bad! a little bummed that I didn't get my 500 in this wkd... but thats ok...
I have video I want to post... but let me play around with some video editing and see what I can put together...
Thanks Rick for jumping with us all wkd and helping mike get thrown right into 4way!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

When the rain ruins our day...skydivers will still play...

So this wkd, the rain pretty much took all our jumping fun away, we did get a few loads in the fireball (cessna)... I got one in, where Brett just watched me spin on my back trying to go into a sitfly... but we did learn that JoAnn and I are on the exact same jump number... pretty cool...

Jo... we better watch out, I heard Jason is gonna pie the hell outta us next wkd when we hit 500!

but anyways... instead we cooked and got our hair cut,... thanks Jarod!! u rok!

next weekend will definitely be full of jumpin our asses off though!!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mike's A license jump!!!


ABOVE- VIDEO OF MIKE'S 25th Jump..

So I got to do like half of Michael's coach jumps, and got to do his 25th ... and thanks to Rick (who gave mike a little tip) I got to go for a little ride and then I took Mike for a little ride too... (sorry Jason, I know we're not supposed to goof off until jump 26... but i swear i didnt tell him to hold onto me... i'm blaming rick for that one!)

Awesome job!
Congrats Michael... you know how proud I am... this rocks... we're gonna have such a good time now that you have your license! This is only the BEGINNING...

dude... sooooo funny... jason and I totally struck a pose behind jim sleeping!! haha
*** UPDATE*** oh i forgot to say... this was a wkd of firsts... mike's first casa jump, my first camera helmet jump, and first time with our new camper! they all rocked! i'll post some more video from some jumps this wkd, and hopefully get some pics of our awesome camper! dude... skydiving rocks!! (and YES... we brought BEER for all those!)

Another one of mike's videos:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

HONOR FLIGHT....


Above- LT Tongol, USCG and Homer "Mac" McCown, 92, ARMY AIR CORPS group engineering, Middle/East/North Africa/Italy Jan 12, 1942-July 31st, 1945.

11APRIL2009
On 11apr2009, a group of 32 Ohio Veterans were flown to Washington D.C. after my hometown high school raised money for their travel on what is now know as the "Honor Flight."

The Honor Flight Network, flies veterans to see their memorials at no cost. This particular flight flew WWII veterans from central Ohio to see the memorial of which none had seen before.

After my mother forwarded me the article and information of the group coming from my home town, I knew I had to be there at the memorial when they arrived. On the morning of the Honor Flight, it was nothing but thunderstorms and pouring rain, but I put on my uniform and walked from my DC apt to the WWII memorial and waited in the rain to meet the Veterans, as you can see the rain did nothing to our spirits, it was all smiles and joy when they arrived. It was a humbling experience to watch them all see the memorial for the first time, and it was definitely a reminder of why I joined the service myself...

Above is a picture of me with the oldest of the Veterans...

I was also told that when the Veterans returned home to Ohio, there was a large crowd awaiting their return to welcome them home as they deserve! God Bless them all... we all should take a little time to honor those that served before us, for this Country.

Monday, April 27, 2009

We love you Frankie...



A sad day in the lindy hop world today... the legend, the inspiration, the one and only Frankie Manning Passed away...
We will never forget you Frankie...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Time for a change...



Who's that girl???

yep... that's me ;)