I now serve as an Aircraft Commander in the C-130J, a primary scheduler for my squadron, and a deployer-to-be once again. Later this year, in true herc pilot fashion, I'll be saying adios to the U.S.A. once again for a while to do what we do where we do it.
I spent 2 months in Montgomery, AL, where I knocked out three classes towards my Theology masters degree, completed a leadership course, and played a good deal of Starcraft II. The internet connection was so shoddy that I could not play Mechwarrior Online, which was a real shame for me. In that time, I drifted so far back in the MWO scene that I am hesitant to pick it back up seriously. And, while I have a lot to say about SCII, my playtime on that game has been 0.000 since returning to Abilene.
Now, as I begin to anticipate a long stint in another deployed location, I've started looking for some good hobbies I can bring with me to help me pass the time. I have not upgraded my Macbook Pro since the last deployment, so that is somewhat restrictive if I want to get into something released recently. After what seems like endless google searches for good MMOs that do not hinge on fast-twitch latency, I have decided that there is simply nothing out there that topples my old staple. That being said, tonight I began downloading the client for WoW and, coincidentally, I resurrected this old blog. I will also be posting randomly to the Born to Waddle blog as I aim to improve in the area of running and core fitness this summer and while deployed.
This blog was conceived as a catch-all for hobbies, leadership lessons, and career accomplishments. So, I fully intend to capture the things I am learning as I fly, as I fire up an MMO once again, and as I practice leadership concepts in the best laboratory ever created (the military).
Here are my simple precepts:
- God, family, others and me - those are my priorities in order
- Fly safe, operate professionally, and always improve as a pilot, officer, and husband
- Work hard and play hard, in that order
- Play efficiently, work smarter not harder in games, and capture lessons learned
- Be duplicatable in everything, whether it be dealing with airmen or leveling a character