These past 4 weeks have been nothing short of INSANELY INTENSE. I've experienced the complete range of emotions from the lowest valley to the highest hilltop. It has been without question, the most difficult mental and emotional challenge I have ever taken on.
Most days during this last month, I have questioned my ability to do it. I've wondered if I was quick, sharp or smart enough to even attempt to do this job. I found myself surrounded by rockstars. The Winged TFO's up at ASD are very, very, very good at what they do, and I've often doubted whether or not I could ever come close to emulating their skill, not sure if the motherboard in my skull was equipped with enough RAM to do the job.
On day 2 of my loan, I almost walked out. I did something really boneheaded, and was so embarrassed that I nearly threw in the towel. On day 2.
But, the training staff and supervisors encouraged me to keep fighting, lifted my spirits and boosted my confidence. They believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. So I hit the reset button, embraced the suck and DIDN'T QUIT.
Every single day was a fight, a challenge, a test, and with the help of so many people, I somehow, some way, got through it.
Yesterday, I was notified by the Chief TFO and my Trainer Pilot that they have endorsed me to continue my training!! The Captain signed off on it and my loan was officially successful!
Starting next week, I begin my official TFO training that will take an additional 4-5 months to complete.
I cannot express to you in words how happy and excited this news has made me!
I realize that the hard work and studying has only just begun, and it is my quest to be the best TFO I can possibly be. Every single day, and on every single call...
I can't possibly thank each one of you individually, but you know who you are. You are the ones who have encouraged me, supported me, and pushed me to succeed up to this point.
I want you all to know that I am so grateful that each one of you is in my life. I won't forget. THANK YOU. Now the Real work begins!! Wish me luck! #bgh #wur6 #officerrob #tfo