Mail From Ryan – March 9, 2011
Ryan, that’s Ben’s brother, shipped out to Fort Jackson, SC on February 22. The first few days we heard from him a lot. Every day actually. But on Saturday, February 26 I received a one minute call from him saying they were heading “down range” which means they were getting ready to start “real” basic training. No more orientation, the work was about to begin.
Since that 60 second phone call – Nothing!
No word…no mail…no nothing.
They jokingly call Fort Jackson – Relaxin’ Jackson – but I have a feeling there’s not a lot of relaxin’ going on there. Actually, Ben told us it’s probably very different from what he’s experiencing at Fort Benning. Ben was right. When the mail arrived today from Ryan there was also a letter from the Commanding Officer of Fort Jackson too letting us know what to expect.
Things are different at Fort Jackson!
No Phones – But There Is Facebook!
First off, Ryan is adjusting to the life of Basic Training at Fort Jackson. He said he’s meeting some “awesome people” but having to adjust to the life style. That’s code for – “I don’t like getting up at 4am” – Ryan loved to sleep in when he was at home! So, to say the least, rising before the sun is different for him. The Commanding Officer also said there are “no cell phones allowed during basic”. That’s a big difference from what we’re experience with Ben. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Fort Benning is a cake walk. But you have seen the pictures of General Sarge chatting on the phone as Ben has opportunity to call. But at Fort Jackson, there are no cell phones. So, we will only have mail.
Or will we…..
We may not have phone contact, but Fort Jackson has some cool Facebook pages for military families who have recruits there. I spent this afternoon getting onto those groups and it’s just great to find others who have their future soldiers/heroes at Fort Jackson too. I even found out there’s someone who takes pictures too!
Pretty cool! There’s PVT Ryan Jeffrey on a march through the woods. It does look like the weather is nicer there than what we’re experiencing here in Upstate New York. I haven’t had an opportunity to make my way through all the pictures yet, but it was great finding this one in the very first album I looked at.
Thank you Fort Jackson and thank you Army for making sure families have a way of keeping in touch with our loved ones. A picture says a thousand words. A picture can also calm a thousand emotions too.
Staying Army Strong!
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