Well ladies and gentlemen, this week has been a very hectic and busy week. Usually my days are busy but this week, has really been one for the record. This entry will give you a snapshot of my life of sorts. Just a small one because this isn't just about me really, this blog is more about what I think, rather than my existence, which by any means is pretty simple, structured, organized, but packed to the hilt!
My day usually begins at 4:30 in the morning where upon I wake my children up and get them ready for school. Once 6:00 AM arrives, I'm pushing my elementary school aged son, Mik'el Jr. out the door and into the car so that I can drive him to his before school program with the local YMCA where he will get a good hot breakfast and some before school studying done, if he needs it. My daughter Jihan, who is in middle school, catches a small break as she doesn't have to leave the house until 7:00 AM, so, I'll give her small house cleaning tasks to fill in her time until she has to go to school which is only a 15 minute walk from our house. By 6:20 I am walking up to my physical fitness formation and then at 6:30 we're saluting the flag and then the usually off key singing of the "Fourth Infantry Division" song, after which those soldiers that are on mission, ill or cannot participate in the exercises, will go to the back of the formation and be approved to either go to work or sick call.After Physical Training (PT as we call it in the army), we head back home to shower and change into uniform for work. My work day consists of doing maintenance on my HEMTT Fuel trucks or fueling up the Apache Longbow helicopters that make up the bulk of my battalion. In addition to my refuelling duties, I am the fuel accountability Non Commissioned Officer in my unit, and have to maintain our fuel receipt account with deadly accuracy. But, the most important responsibility, on my job, are the 9 soldiers who fall under my area of responsibility, whom I must train, account for, and otherwise take care of their needs and woes. By 9:00 AM, I arrive at work, and do my best to put in 100% every single day, as I personally feel that as a soldier, the taxpayers are my actual employers and being a taxpayer myself, I feel that we have a duty to always perform to the best of our ability. With that, I definitely make sure that my soldiers are giving just as much, which usually causes them to complain and grumble, but there really isn't much they can do about it, except for execute my orders and commands. That's the Army way, you know. Follow the leader as the old adage states. By 5:00 PM, our day ends, and if I've done my job correctly, they will have done two very important things: Learned something and gained a sense of accomplishment.
The other aspect of my personal life, which I feel is the most important facet are my children, Jihan and Mik'el Jr.