Saturday, March 21, 2009
Once you join the Army family, one of the events you have to look forward to are Military Balls. They are one of the few opportunities you as an Army wife have to dress up and see your husband interact with his soldiers and leadership. It was so weird hearing guys call Jesse "Sir" several times in their conversations! There are traditions you follow throughout the evening to show respect to the command of the unit. This begins with the receiving line where the Squadron Commander and Command Sergeant Major greet you. Then, we got some professional pictures taken since we were all dressed up. Next, you can finally go into the dinner hall and sit at your assigned seat. This is when the program starts with a prayer and then the famous GROG - a mixture of different liquors representing different points in the history of the 1-75 Cav Squadron. Jesse added the Jagermeister which represented them pushing into Germany. You wait with anticipation to be able to go get your food because you are so hungry - finally it happens and you feel a ton better. After dinner, they give out awards and recognition to soldiers and then the Family Readiness Group (FRG) volunteers like I was. I was given some honorary spurs that were on a red ribbon. They also have all the guys give their spouse or girlfriends a garter that is a tradition in a Cavalry unit. By this time, it was getting late and the program finally ended. Some people stayed to dance and socialize, but by then we were both pooped (yep - old married couple) so we headed back home. All in all, we had a good time and it was fun getting dressed up. Enjoy the pics!