Sunday, July 10, 2011
Phillips-5 has landed...in Japan!
So, since leaving Alabama on June 15th, we have been on the road pretty much non stop. Our first stop was for dinner in Marietta, GA where we had dinner with Laurie (Megan's friend from high school) and her husband Jared. Next stop was an overnight stay with the Morgan clan in Apex, NC. Unfortunately we had to leave bright and early the next morning to meet the person who bought our Jeep Wrangler in Manassas. We stayed in Manassas and visited friends and family until June 22nd. On our way to NY we stopped at Ft. Meade Maryland and watched the Tyler family assume command of the 315th Network Warfare Squadron. Our first stop in NY was in Fulton to visit Jeff's mom and her side of the family. We left the kids with Nana and went to the Turning Stone Casino to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Before we left NY, we attended a big farewell party at Aunt Chris and Uncle Dave's cabin; we got to say good bye to lots of family. Next stop was Norwich to visit Jeff's dad, Jayne, Sara, Grandma Phillips, and his brother Brian and his family. We were able to make a quick trip to Sidney, NY to see our best man, Jeff Kirk, and his family, and also saw Jeff's high school friend Gretchen and her family. We left NY on 28 June and headed back to Virginia. On the way, we stopped to visit the Kreisel's in Annapolis, we spent the 29th with the Arehart's and the Tartan Hills crew, then spent the next couple of days making sure the girls got to see some of their Virginia friends to include the Seigel's, Chlebowski's, Adams', and O'neal's. On 1 July we left for Seattle; after moving 5 people and 10 bags across the country, we were pretty whooped, but rested up and spent an amazing day exploring Seattle. On 3 July we had a 3:15 am wake up call to get to the airport and catch our flight to Japan. After a relatively uneventful 10 hour flight, we landed at Misawa AB on the morning of July 4th. We had the best welcome of any assignment during our 18 years in the Air Force. We spent the last week getting acquainted with the area and the new job, to include about an hour "getting lost" to find our way around our new town off base. Tomorrow is the change of command ceremony, and we promise to post pictures soon. Thanks for following our journey and we look forward to your comments and questions.