At my Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Master Trainer Course graduation, we were told that we had been HOOAHfied. I'd like to think that before heading to Florida last Sunday, I had already established that status, but perhaps not.
Well regardless if that really is what happened to me last week or not, the reality is that now I am an Army Family Team Building Master Trainer (woohoo go me!). Actually, I really am proud of my new title. I have a great passion for the AFTB program and what it encompasses. I look forward to helping the program progess and hopefully I can bring new ideas or something constructive to it.
My week in Florida was interesting to say the least. The journey there itself was something to write about. On my flight from Dallas to Orlando, I had the pleasure of sitting next to a young Airman who had recently finished some training and was headed to even more training. His attitude was refreshing. He was so fun to talk to, his patriotism was enlightening. We conversed pretty much the whole flight. I think what impressed me the most was when he told me that he was 11 on 9/11 and that day he knew that he would be joining the military. He told me he was thankful for what my husband did and how in awe he was of the Army and all we had to endure. I found this touching, as he himself will end up in the Middle East someday. He was just a sweet young man and I wish him all the best.
My time in Florida comes with mixed reviews. It was an ok course, I felt that a lot of the information I was receiving was repeat stuff from the local instructor course. Some days I felt quite ADD and had to work hard to stay focused. There were some blocks of instruction however, that really energized me and helped me to refocus and hopefully learn how to be a better instructor. Honestly, I think the best part of the week was the networking I got to do with the other students in the class. We had people who came from military installations all over the world. South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, Belgium, Germany, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Washington and many, many more.
Presentation Day..a lot of people were stressed about this assignment..
I had a lot of fun with some of the people I met, almost every evening I went to dinner with the same group of crazy girls. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. I really was blessed to meet these remarkable women and know that I'll be in touch with them for a long time to come.
At the Rainforest Cafe
Just a cool pic of the clouds
(Here's a few pics of my days in Florida)
Remember when I blogged about my iron issues a couple weeks back? Apparently it is not in my destiny to iron because the hotel iron literally fell apart as I was getting ready to iron my shirt. The housekeeper thought this was quite amusing when they came to replace my iron.