Skip to comments.FORT BENNING CEREMONY
Posted on 04/29/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
We left Tuesday afternoon for Fort Benning, Georgia, a 6 hour drive N.W. from here, for my grandson's completion of basic training.
Wednesday's activities began with the new soldiers standing bareheaded in ranks, then as one the black berets came out and they were American warriors. It was an emotional moment for everyone.
Thursday was set aside for the formal ceremony, held on the parade ground near the Fort Benning museum. The weather in Georgia and Alabama was threatening but the ceremony went off with no problems. Leave was granted until that evening and the area was full of new soldiers and their families.
On a personal note, Gerry had a pretty good appetite to begin with, now he's a high powered eating machine, LOL. He has bulked up, solid as a rock.
We got home at 3AM Friday morning. Coming South through Georgia we saw convoys of utility company bucket trucks and other equipment rushing North to the tornado damaged areas. We were blessed and safe but the damage in some places is severe.
A day to be proud of and takes me back to Ft. Jackson, SC in August of 1965.
I will be at a happy occasion at Ft. Benning myself in a couple of weeks. Outprocessing upon my return from Iraq. :-D
Thanks for the photos and goosebumps.
Congratulations! A fine looking Soldier!
A fine looking grandson you have there sir :)
May God continue to bless you and yours, SS.
The cutie looking on with obvious admiration is Gerry's girlfriend, it looks like something serious is brewing there!
Congratulations and thanks for raising a warrior!
It’s strange how fast things have changed. Just last October, I was down at Benning for my son’s graduation. On Thursday, they had their “turning blue” ceremony outside near their barracks where they marched in wearing their Green dress uniforms. They had a little talk and then parents or DI’s got to put on the infantryman’s blue cord. Do they still get to wear a blue cord with the dress blues?
So Thursday, my son was with us around town in in dress greens. Then on Friday, we had the grand review at the Infantry Museum grounds, but they were in their camies.
I realize the they are switching from dress greens to dress blues, but I was surprised that I didn’t see any blue cords (unless your son isn’t infantry, then that makes sense). I do think that a “dress” ceremony is more fitting of the Museum parade ground.
Anyway, thanks again for raising a warrior. America is protected by the 1% of us who are willing to risk their life to protect ours. They deserve more then nice uniforms, patches and ribbons for all that we ask of them.
I love these pics.
It reminds me that the America we love is still there.
It's just not in the news much.
I think we spent almost half our time in the Columbus/Phenix City area lost, we were counting on the GPS in Number One Girlfriend's car and my old Garmin, and both of them died on the trip. That area has some of the most confusing road signs I've ever seen and I sure couldn't see the Sun. I guess I should have dug out the old compass!
Next time you are at Benning, visit the infantry museum. ( if you can get to see the infantry weapons collection and the samurai swords surrendered during ww2 ). Plus there are a few BBQ places in Columbus
Thanks for sharing SS. Screen got a little blurry for a bit. You must be so proud of Grandson. May God Bless all of you!
A *21* gun salute!
You must be so proud! And your pictures are so good that they take my breath away. Good fortune to this fine young man.
By Thursday afternoon we were just looking for a quiet spot, someone told us about the park at Cooper's Creek and we ended up there sitting by the creek on beach blankets. The important thing was allowing Gerry and his Lady as much time together as possible, they were facing separation anxiety big time. The creek bank turned out to be the perfect place just to sit and talk.
Man, do I hear you about being lost around Benning!!! The GPS we had wasn’t the most modern, but then Benning also has GPS jamming on it so on and close to Benning, it would give false readings. Then it seems that the roads down there have 4 or 5 different things they are called but the signs don’t always have all names on it. I missed a couple of turnoffs and got on a “alternate” hwy which wasn’t the same as the hwy I was supposed to be on. All in all though, we had a good weekend with our son. I hope that you did as well.
How proud you must be! God bless your Grandson and thank you for sharing.
I passed through Benning this past January on the way home, but other than outprocessing, I didn't spend much time on the base. I did see the Ground Branch and Tower Branch facilities at Jump School. Things really changed there since 1987.
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