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.
Thanks SWAMPSNIPER. I was at Ft. Gordon in ‘66. Lovely country. I wanted to go back, but never did.
Ya done good Grampa Sniper. Thanks to you all...
Sniper, that’s a VERY sharp looking young man! Congrats!
Fine job sir!
BTW, the museum is well worth the time. Simply awsome.
Congrats proud papa. Hope you enjoyed your stay in our fair state. Should’ve took your fishing rod...whites, hybrids, and stripes are running up the hooch.
Actually that’s the ASU, Army Service Uniform. The greens are going away completely, we’ll all be wearing blues now.
Praise be to God for no tornadoes where you where! Wonderful pictures—you must be so proud!
BTW Congrats on Gerry’s graduation and You obviously raised him with the right values. The parks in Columbus are great. I used to own a home 2 blocks from Wierocoba park on Columbus. Great old neighborhood. Great place to raise a family.
Outprocessing upon my return from Iraq. :-D
Would that be the FINAL return? Your cats and others want to know.
Let's just say that I intend to be home for the remainder of 2011.
Later this year, I'll see if I feel restless or if I want to take root. Life is short - there's lots of living to do! :)
I hope all is well with you, FRiend.
HUGS Dad, and Thank You to all of you that commented on our Soldier. This is his Mom (Swampsniper’s daughter)
Sharing a poem I wrote to both our Soldier and all that Serve from a Mom’s point of view.
A Mothers Ode
Bursting with Pride,
Aching with fear,
But Freedom is not Free.
This was easier when it was ME.
Now its you,
My tow-haired boy,
That serves the Cause of Freedom.
In Time of War
You did not shirk
Nor shy away from Service.
You came of Age, and took up the yoke
Of those that toil to Serve us.
That understands the meaning.
I Love you much,
I give you to our Nation.
Because of you, and those with you
Our Flag will still fly Free.
Your Path is old,
But Tried and True.
And fraught with strife and conflict.
On side of Right,
You KNOW you Fight
For those that are not able.
The Warriors Path
Is a lonely Path,
Yet not one Walked alone.
The Burden breaks upon your back,
But upon your Soul, comes Flight.
Just know, My Son
That at YOUR back
Are those that carry your Banner.
For Country, Cause and Honor
Family and Freedom.
You do NOT walk that Path alone,
All Heroes walk together.
It was a VERY moving Ceremony. They Popped Smoke on the field, and from the left, was heard the sounds of gunfire. As the smoke cleared, the Soldiers of our past Wars walked slowly out upon the field. From 1776 til Desert Storm they came, in the Uniforms of their time, to stand upon their designated spots. Finally, the smoke cleared, and out marched THESE Heroes. Every Man upon that Field signed up in Time Of War, and I wanted to run down and hug every single one of them.
I Thank God for a Country that I can give my Son to, and I thank my County even more, for being one that my Son wants to Serve. For all the issues that exist, We have THIS, and for THIS Base, we must fight
Oh, Lord! I am getting old...old...OLD!
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