1) Jake officially graduated from BOLC III. That's pronounced 'bowl lick' and stands for Basic Officer Leader Course. Obviously the III means this was the 3rd section. He received the Iron Leader award for having the highest Physical Training score for his class of 34. He got a nice little eagle trophy and received 2 commemorative coins. Commemorative coins are given to soldiers at special events and as deemed appropriate by the powers that be. So far Jake has 3. Now he has his first real Army job!
In other VBS news, Maverick's teachers made him a shirt that says My 1st VBS and gave him a personalized gift bag with lots of pictures and a little book with pictures and verses. They even wrote us a thank you note for letting them spend time with him this week. They really are super sweet. Ms. Ruth even told me today that she hoped he didn't get too spoiled this week!