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‘Get out!’: Lt General rains hell on Air Force Academy after racist messages were left on black cadets’ rooms.

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“If you’re outraged by those words, then you’re in the right place. That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA and it has no place in the United States Air Force. You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.”

“We would be naive to think we shouldn’t discuss this topic. We’d also be tone deaf not to think about the backdrop of what’s going on in our country. Things like Charlottesville and Ferguson, the protests in the NFL.”

“So just in case you’re unclear on where I stand on this topic, I’m going to leave you with my most important thought today. If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race, or a different color of skin, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”

And then I graduated.

You march to your seat as your graduation song plays (and technically, there’s nothing special about it; you’ve seen it mandatorily three times before). You listen to Joe Biden give a five minute congratulatory speech followed by a twenty-five minute campaign. You wait an hour for your name to be called. You take the bachelor of science degree you fought earnestly to receive, and subsequently shake the hand of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Vice President of the United States. Your heart beats faster than usual, as you “salute and shake,” trying your best to stand on the “X” taped to the ground. You salute some rando, or perhaps a friend, and then you hug. You look up to see your parents screaming your name, a couple hundred feet away, so you send them a brief but meaningful wave, as if yelling out, “I did it!” You sit back down. You stand back up. You raise your right hand for the oath of office. You finger the lining of your white hat, as a deep roar from far away planes makes the hair on the back of your neck stand straight. You know what’s coming. You’ve always known what’s coming. “Class of 2014, you are dismissed.” You can feel the Thunderbirds as your hat leaps into the air. Sudden tears fall plainly down your cheeks as a random nearby cadet hugs you and yells something congratulatory into your ear.

That’s it. That’s always been it.

You find a friend and you switch out your shoulder boards. You smile for too many pictures. You aren’t thinking about the friends you will no longer see. You drive back up to the hill, one last time; you turn in your sash, your shoulder boards; you get your empty room checked off; you grab your Second Lieutenant ID card. And then you drive away and strip yourself of the dumb white pants and overly-buttoned jacket you’ll never have to wear again. You take a plane flight from Denver and you only look back once.

The four years don’t add up to anything in particular. They just add up to now. And when people ask you if you are relieved, you aren’t sure. And when your family asks you something about time flying by, you nod robotically.

You don’t know what it all means. You just know it must mean something.

You’re not a cadet anymore. And all your blog name signifies is a mediocre Disney Channel Original Movie you watched when you were twelve.
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Dating someone in the military has taught me much more than I thought it would. It’s taught me patience, understanding, strength, and the true meaning of love. Dating someone in the military has shown me that true love goes beyond the physical stuff. It’s much bigger than that. It’s the willingness to go through hell to be with them and not question it once. Military love is strong and special and I’m honored to be a part of it.

This might be a long shot, but if anyone is struggling with having to say goodbye to someone in a service academy this year and would like to talk, I would be absolutely willing to talk to you. I had to part ways with someone attending the Merchant Marine Academy and it’s been a little harder than I expected it to be. It’s just the most incredible opportunity and I’m very proud and it’s just… oh boy, it’s a lot. So if anyone would like to talk, just message me. 

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