6 Months Left in Turkey
Fri Aug 24, 12 2:47 pm
I can hardly believe that I am on the downward slope of my 15 month tour in Turkey. It has been fast, mostly fun, and jammed with learning. Learning stemmed from learning a new job, how to interact with people I don't necessarily agree with, and how to step up into the next tier in the rank scale.
In about 5 months I will be leaving the NCO ranks and stepping on the SNCO ranks. NCO is just a non-commissioned officer, meaning you have some responsibility but you are also expected to be among the lower ranks in your knowledge. SNCO is Senior non-commissioned officer. I'm starting into that tier as the lowest ranking, E-7 or Master Sergeant. All the sudden I will know more than everybody (but I won't) and officers will look to me for insight on the mission/squadron/workcenter/whatever else is creating a problem.
In the midst of this I'll still be the regular old guy who loves Jesus more than anything in the universe. My headaches from the problems of the days might hurt a little more but the pay-off at the end is knowing that God put me in the military to use the platform that He gave me to impact people who need Him.
My next assignment will be Hickam AFB Hawaii. I will probably have 30-40 people working for me. That will be a lot of lives to impact, a lot of people who will be looking to me for leadership. I probably won't be ready, but I know again that with God, nothing is a surprise. He will have me exactly where I need to be.
That won't be the only platform that I will be blasting my faith from. The youth of today need to hear about what Jesus has done in my life just as much as the next person. Youth ministry is my outlet for being a big kid but also putting a message about Christ out there for something to grab onto. It is through Christ that I can do everything. He is my source, my shield, my Rock!