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My Son Graduated From Basic Training with HONORS!

billy jr basicMy Husband, daughter and I recently returned from Fort Sill, in Lawton, OK.  I am the proud mom (ok, step-mom, but that is really semantics) of one of our newest United States Army Soldiers.  Way to Go Bill!  We are very proud of you!

This is truly a different Army then when my husband went to basic training the day after his high school graduation.  He retired in November of 2006 after over 22 years in the military.  Everyone has heard the horror stories of the drill seargents barking orders and breaking the recruits, my husband, and I am sure that many of you, lived it.  My son said that he was very surprised that instead of being told to drop and do pushups the minute they got off the bus, they were thanked.  The young men were told how much they were respected for joining during a time of war.  I don't think that the change in training lost anything (although I never went through Basic!)  Phiffer, one of Billy's friends (another Soldier) stated that he didn't like the pictures like the one I attached because they were taken before they were soldiers.  There was no less pride, no less determination, they were not lesser soldiers because they hadn't been broken the way so many were before them.  The drill seargents helped to bring out the best out of these boys and helped them to become men!

I spoke to some of the other parents, some spoke of the changes in their son's (for the better), some were concerned about them being sent into danger, and some just held their son's in long hugs as soon as they saw them.  I thought of all the mother's and father's who have sons and daughters that are already serving overseas and said a silent prayer for their safety.

Seeing my son in his dress Uniform with his head held high and his shoulders back as he graduated with honors is an image I won't soon forget.  Watching my son hug my husband with a new found bond brought tears to my eyes.  Watching the tear come to my son's eye as his 3 year old sister recited the Pledge of Allegience to him, was almost more than I could handle!

May God Bless all of our soldiers, the new one's and the seasoned Vets.  Thank you for your service, and thank you to your families for loaning you to the United States of America. 

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • November 21 2008 03:43PM


Bridget, We are so proud of you and your family. The thought of your 3 year old reciting the Pledge and your son watching, had to be an overwhelming emotional time filled with pride.

Thank you for your service, and thank you to your families for loaning you to the United States of America. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 11 years ago

Bridget, My congratulations to your son, you must be so proud.  Where will your son be stationed?  My oldest son is in the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg.  He'll be home for Christmas!!  Congratulations again!!

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Long & Foster Hampden) over 11 years ago

Congratulations! My son graduated in October from Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base.  He is going to school for Air Traffic controler.   I know how proud you must be, he comes from a long family history of Air Force family.


Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago

Hello June,  My son is West Virginia Army National Guard.  He is planning on attending Airborne, so maybe they will meet one day!  Enjoy your time with your son and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS togethe.  Please give him a big hug of thanks for his service from our family.  Bridget

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 11 years ago

Margaret, It was wonderful, thank you!  He will be home for Christmas, we can't wait to see him!

P.S.  Itching to read your book, darn printers!! 

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 11 years ago