After 3.5 years as an "Army Wife, " I fulfilled my first official duty yesterday. I pinned DLW at his Sergeant First Class promotion ceremony.
Funny story: I was on my way to the ceremony, feeling cute in my new dress when the strap snapped! Thank goodness my car is littered with stray safety pins from race bibs. DLW had to pin me before I could "pin" him.
DLW was promoted in July but did not have a ceremony until ROTC started again this week. I had never been to a promotion ceremony before (DLW didn't have a ceremony for E6 because, recruiting) so I was totally clueless. The good news is that all the ROTC cadets were clueless too so even if I made a mistake, they didn't know.
The tradition is to toss the previous rank and PC (hat) away to symbolize the promotion. I was nervous about this part because I felt silly but most Army traditions are silly so I just went with it. Collins held Daddy's Sergeant First Class rank and helped me pin it on.
DLW's superiors were kind and helpful and took so many great pictures for us to remember this day. Pinning E7 is a big accomplishment and for DLW to be promoted in less than ten years says a lot about his career and character. He has been an outstanding enlisted solider and will be a valued officer.
We celebrated with a family selfie (of course) and DLW's favorite dinner at home. We are so proud of him and can't believe we will be pinning him as a Second Lieutenant in just nine months.
|Collie looks like she's about to punch someone|