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Day 137: Future Soldiers Shipping Out

Future Soldiers Shipping Out – July 2, 2011

It’s Independence Day Weekend and here at General Sarge HQ we are celebrating it in style. Of course the July 4th weekend is a big one in the United States. A time for celebrations, a time for cookouts and parades and of course fireworks displays too.

Day 137 - Future Soldiers Shipping Out
Image by drrus2000 via Flickr

Aside from all those celebrations, General Sarge and Master Sarge made a special visit to the Newark, New York Army Recruiting Station to see two Future Soldiers off as they head for Basic Training this weekend. The preparation is complete, physicals passed and even physical training exercise tests passed too. It’s now time for these two Future Soldiers to start their Basic Training.

Let The Journey Begin!

Rachel Eddinger is heading to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After she completes her Basic Training she will start Advanced Training as an Apache Helicopter Repair person. Joe Card makes his way to Fort Benning, Georgia. He will spend his entire training time at Fort Benning for the Infantry.

Day 137 - Future Soldier Push Ups
Image by drrus2000 via Flickr

We wish both Rachel and Joe all the best and say a great big “Two paws up” from all of us here at General Sarge HQ for their service. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here and now the journey for these young people begins.

Before heading out General Sarge wanted to make sure Rachel could do the required push ups as a new recruit. She passed with flying colors and Master Sarge has assured me the proper push up paperwork is now on its way to Fort Jackson. I also think General Sarge put in a extra note telling her Drill Sergeant to add an extra five push ups to each PT test for Rachel. Apparently General Sarge knows Rachel goes above and beyond.

Staying Army Strong!
Dr. Rus

7 thoughts on “Day 137: Future Soldiers Shipping Out

  1. Congratulations and best wishes to both Rachel and Joe, we appreciate all you are doing to help keep this great country safe. Great work on the push-up, the hips are a bit too low, that will change after basics I am sure.. We will need to see a follow-up photo after you graduate!!! Joe must have done his push-up quickly while you were not watching as you missed the photo op 😉

    1. Hey there Janet;

      Yes, Joe did his push ups quickly before General Sarge could inspect him. I do think General Sarge made him do some extra ones for that though. LOL!

      Dr. Rus

  2. We are so proud of Rachel and the commitment she is making – both for herself and her country! I have no doubt that she will eat up those extra 5 push-ups!! She is one determined, Army-strong, young woman!! Love you Rach!

    1. Good Afternoon;

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for leaving a comment too. Yes, Rachel is a strong young woman and will do very well. We are looking forward to hearing from her when she has time to send us mail from Fort Jackson during her basic.

      Staying Army Strong – HOOAH!
      Dr. Rus

  3. Dr Rus

    My son is a First Lieutenant in the Army. He has been in the army for two years now. Twelve months ago he left for an assignment in Honduras. He will be leaving there on July 26th and heading back to the states. I can not tell you how excited I am to be able to see him! When I saw the bear on TV I thought it was wonderful because sometimes you can not hug your soldier and as silly as it sounds the bear is a nice comforting touch. I may have to get one of those! I know my son will be reporting end of August to Fort Drum but I also know that he is on the list for deployment in June of 2012 but I know the army family will get me through that.


    1. Hi Nancy;

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, there’s just something about a teddy bear that’s great for hugging and helps get us through these times. Ben is amazed at how his bear is gathering a following. I keep Ben up to date on his Facebook page and he is thrilled. I do know Fort Drum is getting ready for deployment. Ben’s recruiter from here is getting ready to be stationed back at Fort Drum in August and he will start training soldiers there. Ben also informed us it looks like his unit from Fort Lewis will be deploying in the New Year too.

      Thanks again for stopping by and let me know if there’s any way we can help!


      Staying Army Strong.
      Dr. Rus

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