Friday, August 24, 2007

Thank You

Each of the Cadet challenges would not be possible without the many tireless hours and the service or many different people. At Indianapolis it was no different. Many people gave of there time and energy to make an impact in each of the young men’s lives. Thank you all for your hard work and diligent service year after year. To God be all the glory!

II Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” These men and women here have truly fought the fight and finished the race.

Red Unit Leader

Meal Chief and Logistics

Event Leader - Orienteering and Everybody Counts

Registration director and Meal assistant

Meal assistant and Registration assistant

Battalion SMAJ and Event Leader - Drill and Ceremony and Water, Water, Everywhere

Challenge Officer in Charge

Assistant Officer in Charge and Photographer

Green Unit Leader

Blue Unit Leader
Assistant to the Major and Event Leader - Obstacle Course and Travios and Chariot
Thank you all for your service and the many others that are not mentioned.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Heavans Declare

Psalm 19:1
The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

As I was walking back from PT this morning this verse came to mind when I saw the sunrise. The Heaven truly do declare what an awesome God we serve.

The sunrise also reminds me of the words to the song, "You Reign". There is peace in my heart...YOU are in control. Thank you Lord for always being in control no matter what! :-)

Morning and night the sky shouts Your majesty
Saying the whole universe is under Your feet
This is the peace in my heart
The strength of my soul
Whatever happens in life
This much I know
You are in control

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Indianapolis ACC 2007

Here are some of the highlights from the ALERT Cadet Challenge in Indianapolis IN.

I am the one carrying the green Cadet flag.
Practicing sing during Squad Leader training.

All pictures courtesy of Richard Shoemaker, Brystol Reckner, Bryce Reckner, Nathan Blikstad, Stephen Winchell, and Lt. Dean Winchell.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Day in Remembrance and Celebration

On Sunday, August 5th, One of the Cadets that had come from Big Sandy with us for the Cadet Challenge received a call from his parents saying that a cadet that we both knew had been killed in action in Iraq. Jaron Holliday was a part of our unit back home, Alpha 2nd Oklahoma. He was killed on August 4th when the vehicle he was riding in hit an IED. Jaron had always wanted to serve our country in the military and he loved his job. He was also a beacon of truth and hope to all those he came in contact with. At the funeral they had a time of sharing and every single person, for and hour straight, mentioned what an encouragement and light he had been to them. The legacy of what Jaron did still lives on both at home and in Iraq with his fellow soldiers.

Major Farr, Peter Farr, and myself were able to fly up to Tulsa for the funeral. It was a great celebration of life with the gospel being clearly presented many times. After the funeral we went out to eat at Chedders restaurant with my family. That was a lot of fun, then we were off to the airport and a two and half hour flight home. It was fun getting to fly with Major Farr. I rode up front on the way down and navigated then Peter switched with me for the flight home. When we arrived back we went over to the Farr;s house and had Ice Cream. Yum!