By the time 2013 ended, we were ready for some fun and happy news. January of 2014 did not disappoint. First up, OU unexpectedly (at least to me) beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl! Boomer Sooner!
Continuing the good news train of 2014, we found out something even more exciting.* Todd was named Field Grade Officer of the Year for the 97th Operations Group of the 97th Air Mobility Wing. Translation: he was chosen as the top major of all flying squadrons on base!
This assignment has been challenging and rewarding and frustrating all at the same time. But most importantly, Todd has had a lot of success at work here, and I am so unbelievably proud of all that he has accomplished.
Winning this award meant he competed against 3 other people for FGO of the Year for the entire wing. The winners were announced at the Annual Awards Banquet, which was a formal event where all the 2013 awards were announced and honored.
The evening started with some official photos before dinner. Don't we look so official with the wing commander and command chief master sergeant?
The presentation of awards also included a presentation of nominees. I felt like I was in cotillion.
Sidenote -- the last time I stood under a saber arch was at our wedding. As tradition goes, as the bride passes under the arch, they smack you on the rear end with the saber to "welcome" you to the Air Force. So you understand why I would walk with slight trepidation here.
We mingled and ate and overall just had a great time getting out of the house and doing something new and different. In the end, Todd did not win as FGO of the wing, but it was more than okay. A friend from church won, and we had a great time getting dressed up for a fun date!
*Don't tell my husband I said this, what's more exciting than OU finally winning a bowl game? And beating Alabama no less?!?