Our lives have been going at 100 miles per minute since Rob graduated API. He is doing well and now into primary flight school. He is extremely excited to FINALLY be in primary and begin flying the T6-B, which will be a big step up from the Cessna that he flew in IFS. Rob is almost done with his simulators and onto flying! Whoo!
I was particularly excited because he was placed in a great training squadron with a lot of community involvement. Rob’s squadron really tries to include the spouses in numerous events and I love that aspect. I’ll be making a post about the student spouse orientation night here soon, so stay tuned!
API was a long month, but I’m thankful he made it through unscathed. I remember hearing so many stories about how API was awful and stressful for spouses – and it is stressful, but I think it’s what you make of the situation. I was completely fine being independent and not having Rob home for dinner every night because he was studying. Sure it’s not ideal, but it is also not the end of the world and API wraps up pretty quickly. At the four week mark in API, there is a big celebration at the Officers club on base where students earn the “right to wear a flight suit”, dubbing it Flight Suit Friday. This night was an absolute blast and made up for those long days and nights when I didn’t see him. I had so much fun meeting all of his classmates and watching them celebrate earning their flight suits. I was the designated driver for the night, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying myself. Besides, Rob and his friends definitely earned those beers! After we celebrated at the Officers Club, we traveled to a friends house in Perdido Key and then ended up at Seville Quarter by the end of the night. The next morning, I made Robert a big breakfast and we just lounged in our pajamas watching our favorite shows.
After Flight Suit Friday, the students have about two weeks of swim testing left in API – where they finish with the dreaded Helo Dunker (see a demonstration here). Once Robert completed that last test, he graduated and was officially assigned to start Primary Flight Training at NAS Whiting.
Originally Published on October 1, 2016