11 January, 2011


So yes as the post says, im ALMOST DONE with all of my training. When it is all said and done it will have been about 6 1/2 months of training all together! Geeze time has flown by and I am so glad it did because I am pretty sure id kill myself if I had to stay here one more minute than I am scheduled to. I cant wait to leave Sheppard and I feel for all the people that are stationed here and have to stay for a long time, my hats off to you, I couldn't do it. So yes I graduate tomorrow. My final graduation average is an 88, it's good but that was without hardly any studying. Looking back now I wish I would have studied and pushed myself to see what my full potential could have achieved but it's over now and their is no going back. I'm proud of myself and I know my baby is so im happy. I cant wait till tomorrow morning when I get to FINALLY suit up in my blues and graduate! My day has finally come. Thank you God.

So the next AND final step in this training is going to be at Little Rock, Arkansas. I have 2 weeks there and then I am totally done with training and I will be in the operational Air Force. I can't wait to get to Little Rock because a good friend of mine is actually there right now as well that I went through BMT with. So at least I will have somebody to hang out with. At Little Rock we do HOT training, Hand On Training. Basically we do the same thing we did here but with active C-130's.

So lets move to the future. It looks very very bright! I have about four months until I marry the greatest woman in this entire universe! Oh I can't wait to make Lauren Novatka Mrs. Lauren Volheim. That will truly be the greatest day of my life! Everything is setting up perfect for the wedding I hear, sorry I can't help to much right now Lauren but I swear I will when I get home! You are truly incredible and perfect, everything from your dorky sense of humor to your perfect bright smile, it's all I could have ever asked for and more. Thank you for sticking by my side through all of these hard times, I promise it will only get easier from here. Thank you.

I just wanted to give a quick thank you to the few friends that have also stuck through this with me, you guys are true friends for life. Thank you for all of your support and all that you have done, I greatly appreciate it. I will be home soon guys, soon.

To my mom, brother, and sister, thank you so much too. You 3 are a big part of the reason I have made it this far. Things have been very hard lately but I promise things will also get easier in this aspect of life as well, hang in there. I am very sorry I havent been able to be home and step up and be the family leader that I should have been but duty has called and I have had to answer that call. I promise though everything will get a lot easier, God is on our side. Be strong you 3, i'll be home soon.

Ok well im going to go set out my blues for tomorrow and get my room cleaned and start packing for Little Rock. Thank you once again to all of my friends and family. And a huge thank you to my wonderful fiance who I couldn't have done any of this without. You are my life, my world, and my better half. Thank you baby, stay strong, i'll be home soon.

-A1C Stephen "Goofy" Volheim

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