I was going through some old photos that I have archived on my external harddrive, and I came across this one. It’s from my last semester at BYU, probably taken when I was cadet company commander (as I am behind the whole formation.) Standing around in formation waiting for leadership to do something has always been my least favorite aspect of the army.
…and for the next two days, I’ll be getting plenty of it.
The 1st Armored Division down at Fort Bliss is getting a new commander, and that means the whole post is shutting down as the entire division must appear on the parade field to witness the change of command ceremony. Soldiers contemptuously refer to these ceremonies as “the dog and pony show” as it’s just a bunch of fuss and hoopla over one guy getting a new job…while the rest of us have to stand out in the blistering sun for hours and watch.
And now I’m part of the 36-man detail from our battalion that has to travel down there and represent our unit in the ceremony. I’ll remember to apply sunscreen!