Well guys, here’s the first of many letters from our friend and brother, Mojo.
Dear Tom (and everybody else),
I am writing this Saturday of my 1 WOT (week of training). I can’t tell you right now how good it feels to finally be able to write you guys.
There’s so much to tell you right now. I have no idea where to start. The guys in my flight are all really great. The MTIs (military training instructors) are all hard-asses, and the food is friggin’ awesome (when I actually get to sit down and enjoy it).
The MTIs down here are the best of the best, and mine is the best of the MTIs. He graduated as a BMT Honor Graduate in a flight that earned Honor Flight. Not only that, but he graduated top of his class from the MTI school here at Lackland AFB. And earned NCD of the year a couple years back (ask Murph to translate).
The bottom line is: This guy is the pickiest son-of-a-bitch who can yell at you without using a single profanity and make you stop breathing when he stares. Nothing is up to his standards, but that’s normal for a bunch of first-weekers like us.
Good ol’ TSgt. Micklewright. Not only that but his assistant is also a damn good TI, TSgt. Lindsay. This guy is the funniest damn guy on the planet when he yells at you. All he ever says is “Why you bein’ silly?!” and “That’s OK” right before he drops you. I personally haven’t been dropped for anything, YET, and I hope to keep it that way.
Nothing fills a person with more pride than knowing that what they are doing is going to better their country and make the world a safer place. With all my rants about the war and what’s going on in the election, I know that what I am doing is right. It’s a truly humbling experience down here and know that I will never forget. I miss civilian life already, but the change is for the better. I wish I had a picture to send you of me in my ID card, but unfortunately access to photocopiers is slightly limited in boot camp. Needless to say, it’s hot. Anyways, what I’m trying to say is, even though times are tough right now, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Mine is getting to see all of you again. I miss every last one of you a great deal.
It’s almost lights out and I have limited time here. Hopefully I’ll be able to come home for X-mas. If not, I’ll see you guys in March when I graduate from my Tech School. Good luck to all of you in school. Stay out of trouble.
With all the love the MTIs haven’t stolen from me,
Amn. Michael C. Mojonnier
PS – Tell Murph that I guarantee BMT is harder than Field Training.
MTI: What is 331st Trainee???”
FLT: “Sir, a 331st Trainee is: Motivated, Dedicated, Can’t-be-Stopped,
Untouchable, Invincible, Rising-to-the-top,
Truly dedicated, Highly Educated,
Members of the 331st,
Release the Beats… HOWL!!!!!”
“Rockin’ out in Hell’s Corner!!!”
Like I said, I’m going to write him back in a week and include all of the comments made to this post. If you would like his address to write him personally, let me know and I’ll get it to you offline.
peace out all!