Now that's it's sunk in...This week has really been something. From being sent home early on Monday due to a brutal headache that I'm sure was due to the anxiety of the results on Thursday. To getting 2.5 hrs of sleep Wednesday, to then going to the gym Thursday morning not looking at the website to see if I made promotion, to the having my phone blow up either through FB posts, FB messenger and regular texts around 515am while I was going balls out on the stair master. It was all crazy. I had to wait to get done with my cardio to reply. It was probably after the third different beep that I realized I may have made promotion. Everyone knows as long as you keep your nose clean E-1 to E-4 is earned through a timeline. Testing for E-5 as long as you study there's a high probability you will make rank, but E-6 you really gotta buckle down for this one. Our Wing Commander said it best at the TSgt release party, "TSgt is the hardest rank to make." So yes I'm very proud I earned this stripe. Yes it took me 5 times testing for this stripe to make it. And yes I was 2.5 years from reaching High Year Tenure and was already working on plans B, C, and D in the event I'd be parting ways with the Air Force in 2018. But just because I was doing that didn't mean I was going to quit and cave in. Quitting meant not giving God a chance to do what he does. And I've found in my military career and in life that when I let Jesus in, great things happen. And when I shut him out, it shows.
With that said, I believe the best is still yet to come. Special shoutout to one of my mentors you know who you are for these gifts. He knew I would make rank before I did. Thank you. And reaching this milestone would not be possible without a ton of people. To every Commander, First Sgt, Superintendent, Flight Chief, supervisor, and all my Airmen I've supervised, my peers, friends, family. Whether you were for or against me I thank you. Each of you have played a part to who I am today. Thank you. Now off to the next milestone. The grind keeps going #AirForceMedic #Promotion #Blessed #grateful#tsgtakeover #1August2016 #Linenumber464