I spent last weekend at Air National Guard drill. That’s not unusual, drill is generally the first weekend of the month, holidays notwithstanding. But this month was different. Effective December 14th, I’ll be retired from the Air Guard, so this was my last drill.
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it’ll be nice to have all my weekends to myself. And the monthly trek to Cape Cod I’ve been making for the last four years has really taken its toll. On the other hand, it’s going to seem strange not being in the military for the first time since 1986. Of course, I’m not completely out. I’m still a member of the Retired Reserves, which makes me subject to involuntary call-up until I’m 60.
On a side note, my retirement luncheon was held at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich, MA. It was a low-key affair, as I had requested. The food was great. I had the lobster grilled cheese sandwich. It was awe-inspiring. Maybe the best sandwich I’ve ever had. Highly recommended.