Although I attended this night awhile back before the Christmas holidays – I definitely wanted to write a short blurb for any spouses considering attending the student spouse orientation. It is hosted every so often by the primary flight training squadrons.
Of course, everyone is biased, but I’m so glad that Rob was put into the VT6 Shooters squadron. I love attending their OSC (Officer Spouse Club) events. I’ve left some of the meetings crying laughing because some of the stories told on these nights are just downright hilarious.
VT6 hosted a student spouse orientation before Rob took leave for Christmas break. Now, don’t do what I did and not bring your spouse (granted if they have flights or tests – it’s different). I have become so used to attending events without Rob during this time that it was second nature to me. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew something was off. I looked around and every single spouse there had their husband with them. To say that I felt incredibly awkward would have been an understatement. So I just decided to suck it up and enjoy it as much as I could.
They went around the room introducing people and when it came to my turn the gentleman doing the power point said in a confused voice, “Umm….and you are?” My response, “I’m Sara Carey – my husband didn’t know he had to be here tonight.” *cue laughs*
I remember so badly wanting to bolt out the door because it was painfully obvious that I was the “odd woman out”. But no, I stayed and eventually ended up really enjoying my night. Luckily, an incredibly friendly couple offered for me to the third wheel with them. Ironically, that same couple is now our next door neighbor we have often taken our two German shepherds on doggie dates together.
For the Details:
The night started with some light refreshments, a short brief from the CO of VT6 and a power point explaining what a day in the life of a student aviator is like. This was also held in the squadron’s bar (pictured below). They went into detail about the flight pipeline, the different aircraft that each of our husbands could potentially fly and where we could be stationed one day. For Marines, the aircraft choices are C130s, Helicopters, Jets, and Ospreys.
After we were briefed by the CO and presented the power point, we headed over to the paraloft. The paraloft is essentially a giant locker room where all of the FlightGear is stored. I had the honor of trying on some random dude’s sweaty gear (Robert’s gear was at home with him) – but I didn’t care, it was still awesome and hilarious at the same time! P.S. That gear is incredibly heavy!
After we tried on the gear and took our photos – we headed to the simulator building. This was the fun part! We got to sit in a T6-B simulator and “try” to fly. Keyword: try. It was odd how incredibly realistic the whole thing felt once we stepped into the bay. I couldn’t believe that Rob had to know what all of those little gears and switches meant. I laughed to myself because I could identify a few of them from simply reading note cards to Rob while he studies. “PCL idle, Defog off…..blah, blah, blah.” It makes your head hurt, I swear.
All in all, it was an awesome night and I highly recommend attending if you get the chance. I’m still blown away by everything Rob does in his training and it is only going to get more exciting from here on out!
Originally Published on March 1, 2017