New Chapter


It’s been about a year since I’ve posted and I apologize for that.  My family and Maggie are still all doing well.  Big changes though, I received a call last month from General Rice down the Air Education and Training Command, which AFROTC falls under with a decision on my Exception to Policy.  The Air Force has decided to not allow me to commission and as a result I’ve been dis-enrolled from the ROTC program.  I knew from the start it was a 50-50 shot but I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish throughout the process.  I attribute a large amount of my continued success after leaving rehab in San Antonio to participating in physical training, marching, and other activities I would not have had to do otherwise.  Things change over time and I’m ready to move on to new goals.  I have accepted another internship in DC with Deloitte’s US Federal Government Practice, which focuses on consulting work for federal agencies.  I had a great experience last year and I’m looking forward to going back.  If all goes well I could have a full time offer to come back my senior year at OU with. Thank you everyone for your continued support and the role you played in helping my family and I through this experience.  For those of you in the Alter community, please keep up the great support for Ben Waker and Connor Crippen.  I can tell you first hand how much it will continue to mean for them throughout their recoveries.  Take care.


Spring Update


Hey everyone hope you all are enjoying the spring.  It’s been a while so I have a lot to catch you up on.  Air Force wise I’m still waiting to hear back if I’m medically cleared, I’ve been told within then next month I should hear, but I still was given a slot for Field Training this summer.  All Air Force ROTC cadets have to attend the four week Field Training down at Maxwell AFB, AL to be commissioned so the fact that I have a slot is good news.  I ran my physical fitness test this morning and got my best time of 11:53 for the 1.5 mile run receiving a combined score of 92.4, which is improvement from my 12:46 and 87.2 in the fall.  I’m going to keep after it and make sure I’m as prepared as possible when I head down to Alabama in early July.

For the first part of the summer I was given the opportunity for an internship in D.C. working for Deloitte in their Federal Services division.  They played a large role in putting on the Warrior Games as the main sponsor so I’m grateful I was able to make a connection with them on the business side as well.  They have been more than flexible with the uncertainty of my training schedule and if the Air Force decides not to clear me, I will be in D.C. with Deloitte for the remainder of the summer.  Tony and Sharon Frost have been gracious enough to let me stay with them and I’m looking forward to great summer.

Everything else is going well and even though this quarter has felt a bit like running down hill faster than your legs can move, I’ve been trying to keep everything in balance.  Maggie is doing excellent.  It’s nice to be back at OU for spring time again together.  This summer is looking like we’ll be apart again as we have grown accustom to, but no life threatening events should make it a bit easier this time around.  My family is all doing well and with everyone busy working I’m looking forward to some time at the cottage this summer.  Thank you for your support and hope to see you all soon.

Received a pretty good fortune cookie the other day, “In the race to be better or best, do not miss the joy of being.”