Saturday, July 16, 2011
Phillips - 5 in Japan Week 1 - Change of Command Week
We have gotten to know quite a few people already, and it looks like we are going to have a really fun couple of years at Misawa. The other Support Group Squadron Commanders are a pretty close knit group that we have already integrated with. We hung out with all of them our first Friday in town and had a great time (i.e., closed down the bar). The girls are loving life over here too...Megan compares it to living in 1950's America - no crime, you don't have to lock your doors, so the girls have A LOT more freedom than they have ever had. In addition, there are lots of kids in the neighborhood close in age, so they are usually out and about until well after dark.
Thursday we received our household goods...and timing is everything. There are lots of people that have been here since March and still don't have their stuff...including Jeff's new boss who shipped their stuff the same week we did. So we have spent the last several days unpacking, and while the house is small, there is LOTS of storage and it looks like everything is going to fit. The picture above is of our new house...we will post some of the inside once we get everything unpacked.
Jeff's first week as commander was also a lot of fun...he is thoroughly enjoying it. He spent most of the week completing a squadron immersion and learning about all the different responsibilities the different shops have. The highlight of the week was getting to inform two people that they were selected for promotion to Master Sergeant. We brought their families in and surprised each of them, it was a great day for them and for the Air Force. On Wednesday Jeff turned the big 4-0, and we celebrated at the softball fields with the 35th Comm Squadron (a.k.a. The COMM ROCKERS) bringing home the win 14-4. The week finished with one of the Lieutenants in the squadron pinning on Captain, so we attended the ceremony then headed home to unpack more boxes. The squadron has done a first class job of welcoming us into their family. The pictures above are of the 35 CS Headquarters building where Jeff's office is and one of him standing next to the sign out front.
That is all for this week...Phillips - 5 out!