Posted by: bearcruzer | August 19, 2009

Airman Sage Coughlin

August 18, 2009

We saw our youngest son Sage embark on his own sojourn today, the one that will take him from boy to man in the next few weeks.  He was sworn in today as an Airman in the United States Air Force.  He will be spending the next 8 ½ weeks in boot camp at Lackland AFB in San Antonio TX.    He will then transfer to Keesler AFB in Mississippi to begin his instruction as an Air Traffic Controller, his first choice of Jobs.  He was initially told that this job was difficult to get into as there are not many openings.  However, an opening presented itself when another recruit who had requested that same job and had priority had gotten into some trouble in the last few days and was dropped from recruiters list.   Needless to say poor Sage got an earful of lectures the night before he was to leave when he went out with his friends for the last time in a long while.   Sage had chosen the quick ship option, which meant he could be called up in the event an opening presented itself…..which it did.  There have been many tears, hugs and words of encouragement and advice given to him in the last couple of days.  Mike and I went to the MEPS  (Military Enlistment Processing Service to watch him be sworn In)  Security was tight and we had to present ID to get in.  The Officer who was behind the desk offered me the box of Kleenex….I think he has seen this before.   We were able to visit with Sage for a little while and watch as he took his oath of service to our country.   We hugged him goodbye and left him to pursue his dreams while we pursue our own.   We will return to San Antonio in October to watch him graduate from Boot Camp and to see him off to Tech School.  Needless to say we are extremely proud albeit tearful upon seeing him go.   I tried to remain strong but spent most of that day with tears quietly running down my face and Michael giving me hugs telling me he will do just fine.   I know, I know….. but that doesn’t make it any easier.  Here it is day two and I am still crying as share this with you all.   We have decided to look for boats along the Gulf Coast and southern states and so we traveled from Alb. NM and made it to somewhere in the middle of TX before stopping around 11:00pm in a Walmart parking lot to crash for the night.  We will try to get to Mobile AL by Friday to see a Kennex Catamaran for sale there.   




  1. You didnt get his santana swimming trunks in tha picture!?!? Dang it!

  2. Wow! I cried when I read this. You must both be so be so proud. This is an aweome opportunity for him. He will learn and grow into someone beyond his years.

    Amelia just took off this morning for college. Aland flew out with her. She was very teary and scared, but excited. Ashleigh leaves in 2 weeks!

  3. Glad you soaked before you left, but I hope you didn’t have to pay for the Overlook- I could’ve given you more passes!
    Great Pictures on Alberta! You have already gotten the intentions you requested on the Peak (all of them! Are you getting all this, God?) Especially since you left that cool rock on the Peak.
    Doug and I have sent Blessings and good energy to Sage, he will be changed when he comes back, what an experience!
    Blessings on you both! What a beautiful boat you already have! Have you both been shopping for the jumpsuits? They look good in RV’s too!

  4. I’ve been printing out each of your updates and making a hard copy booklet of yur blogs to show our friends. Sure is nice being able to follow your travels that way.

    We sent off our first snail mail letter to Sage yesterday along with the visitor info the USAF needed for us to attend his graduation from basic training at San Antonio. I also bought some special “postcard paper” for generating postcards on my computer, so will try that next. Looks like it might be a nice way to send notes to Sage. ..Love, Dad

  5. Awesome! It’s going to be fun watching him grow from a boy into a man. We’ll write to him often!

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