You made it! Salute a classmate. Kiss a classmate. You are forever bonded with each other.
Since the Commander-in-Chief is giving your commencement address during an election year, you will be able to hear what he said on the news tonight. I have no idea what Secretary of the Air Force Hans Mark told my graduating class.
Congratulations also to 2012’s top graduate, Dustin Hayhurst from CS 06. Public Affairs writer Don Branum published a cute quote from the Superintendent to Cadet Hayhurst: “‘Do you want to practice the speech that you’ll deliver next to the president?’ Gould said, laughing.”
What I want to know is who will be “Tail-end Charlie,” the cadet most endeared by his or her classmates?
Now AFA Class 2012 will enter the real world of making your own meals, scheduling your own athletic time, keeping your own place, inspiring others, being another “dumb second lieutenant”. . .
Of course, this is just the beginning. Everything until now was preparation. So keep the faith and rediscover your idealism as you join the “real Air Force.”
Best of luck to all of you. I hope you check in with me occasionally. Oh, and you might like to check out the post and comments on Top Ten To-Do’s for New Grads.