Friday we drove to Travis Air Force Base. We had been invited to our nephew's pinning ceremony. That would be Henry Hall Triplett III, aka Tres. Tres was being promoted from Major to Lt. Colonel. His father ( my brother) and mother flew in from Kentucky. His wife, Casey, and their three children were there. Other family present were Casey's Aunt; her cousin and husband, their two daughters; and a cousin and her baby. Many of Tres' squadron were there, several high ranking base officers, and some civilian workers.
The ceremony began with family escorted in, then the Color Guard marched in. The National Anthem was then played. You have never experienced the Star Spangled Banner until you have heard it standing with 75 Air Force men and women. I cried. Most of them are so young and have been in the hell holes of the world protecting us.
The rest of ceremony told Tres' military history which was damn impressive. I knew he was good, but he is better than I knew. He has done the Air Force and the family proud. The best part was the actual pinning on of his Oak Leaf. First they changed his rank on his coat epaulets, then they changed the ones on his shirt. Finally he was handed a new hat with his new rank on it.
After the ceremony his squadron put on a cookout for about 150 people that included Tres' family and their families. Then we went home with Tres and had a Triplett reunion. It was also Casey's 40th birthday. The next day Casey and Tres left on a mini vacation and left their three children with the real grandparents and the pretend grandparents.
Below are some pictues from the ceremony. The ceremony was held in the warehouse Tres is responsible for. It is stocked with supplies that are needed when the Air Force takes supplies in for a crisis anywhere in the world. This could be an earthquake, flood, hurricane, or a war zone. Outside the warehouse are armor clad humvees and trucks, portable buildings, bulldozers, anything that they would need to survive on their own for four days. That would be gasoline, water, food, everything. They have to be in the air within 12 hours from the time they receive the call they are needed.
One aisle of the warehouse. The blue on the right is a table for a small reception with cake, cookies, and punch.
We thank Lt. Colonel Triplett for his service and all the United States Military.