If a lifetime can be likened to a day, then this is Happy Hour!
Why not? It is a great pic!
I agree Lou - that is an awesome picture. Love the uniforms...
Thanks for the caption. I'd have never known you were clowning around.
I have to agree with the other commentators, Buck. I think it's a fine photo, of both of you.
Great photo. I can't help notice the two different US pins on your lapels are different than your Son's. Did they do a change or do the Enlisteds get a different set?Your son shoots a great picture, he is always squared away for the camera. Must get that from his Mother!! BT: Jimmy T sends.
What they all said. ;-)
Eleventy kinds of awesome, Buck.
And part of that is, ALWAYS clown around for the grandchildren. At least some. I know I do. ;-)But I don't have the honor of the uniform. Still. They ARE grandchildren, and who do you fight for, anyway?
Thanks again for the kind words, all y'all. You should see the OTHER pictures Angelina took that I didn't post. ;-)...different US pins on your lapels are different than your Son's. Did they do a change or do the Enlisteds get a different set?E's have a different set, Jimmy. Gen. McPeak instituted a BUNCH of stupid-ass uniform changes when he was Chief of Staff, including having O's and E's wear the same collar brass. That was reversed when McPeak retired and we went back to the old style. And are you sayin' I'm less than squared away?And part of that is, ALWAYS clown around for the grandchildren. At least some. I know I do. ;-)Making the grandkids laugh is my primary mission in life at this moment, Phil. I NEVER miss an opportunity to do that...
So, Buck, how weird is it to have to salute your son?And I understood what you were saying, protocol does not recognize grandkids, etc.Military bearings…something “civilians” will never, ever understand.BTW, since my comments on an earlier post got lost in cyber space, congrats to all and thanks for sharing it all with us, it really was very cool to “be there” and experience something I never have nor will I.
So, Buck, how weird is it to have to salute your son?Not weird at all, strangely enough. This past weekend was the first occasion the boys and I were in uniform together and it felt very gratifying to pop both of 'em salutes. Made me proud, and all that.I used to tell folks the reason I retired from the AF was because all the 2Lt's started looking like my kids, when my kids were teenagers. And now... ;-)I understood what you were saying, protocol does not recognize grandkids, etc.That was my whole point and I'm glad ya got it, tim.
You both look quite charming. ;)
ALL the pics from the whole trip and running commentary have been great fun to follow, Buck. You must be a proud Father. You look like you're having a great time--STILL think you should have made a run at the ship's silver service. :) BTW, fwiw, 1) are those uniform jackets sans pockets? You two look like you're wearing damn SMOCKS--not uniforms! (Hint: I'm old school--as if no one noticed :) ) And I wish they would go back to the brushed silver rather than the polished Army look. 2) I've noticed for some time you have the AF "marksmanship" ribbon. I'm probably one of the few pilots in the AF that has one as we are issued side-arms and never fire the M-16, etc., for score, so that ribbon is worn mostly by non-rated types. But I did a short course TDY in Intel when the school was still located in Denver (GREAT Tdy OR Pcs duty, btw, was a 3-yr tour in paradise for the ins--now they're stuck in San Angelo, Tx, iirc) and went out on the range with the rest of my class and qualified to get the ribbon. (Due to my DOR I was my AF class leader and everyone else was a) non-rated (although the Navy had some rated types as well as SWOs (black shoes) and b) mostly older-than-me drafted anti-war PhD and MA Poly-Sci, Sociologists and Historians--so little ole me with my B.A (at that time) was barely tolerated to actively despised. LOL!
I would guess that a wonderful time was had by all. And that is some family ya got there, buddy!Good on ya for the period look of your Blues! And you are quite correct, we seagoing types do not march very well. I admit it freely!
Buck;Great pictures of your wonderful family. I sent the snark via sepcor. I can feel the pride all the way to Jacksonville!
Kath: Thank ya, Ma'am!Virgil: There's a breast pocket (one) under the ribbons, but there's no flap and no buttons. I had reservations about the new uniform at first, but now that I've worn it I think it's a much better "look." And I'm Old School, as well. Surprise!re: My marksmanship ribbon. I got that with a .38, not an M-1 carbine or an M-16. I never fired an M-16, believe it or don't.Glenn: THANK you for admitting that about the marching!! And yeah, we DID have a great time!Darryl: You made my day last night, as noted!
Who's the lady on the left? Do you think she might want to take a trip to Tahiti? I'm not really going to Tahiti, but we can pretend, and I'll use the garden hose to spray water on her feet.
Heh. She MIGHT wanna go to Tahiti, but the guy to my right (left in the pic) would have a few words on the subject. That's my DIL Erma, SN1's wife.
Well, I was just trying to be funny, but he has a beautiful wife, and you all look like you had a great time seeing your son on his way to being Admiral Mullens replacement! Hee.
You DID get a laugh outta me with your comment, Anon. And Erma IS lovely.
Just be polite... that's all I ask.