After getting Ryan a new ID card and new sticker for his truck, we went to Burger King for breakfast. I had an appointment, so I went to that after stopping for gas. My appointment went well, and then I headed to The Courtyard for a Hail & Farewell. It was time for the unit to say goodbye to me, and also to SGT Gavin Anderson and SPC Janna Brees. Janna is getting out of the Army and Gavin is heading to Ft. Benning, GA. Ryan and Robbie came to the luncheon. I got presented with my award – an Army Commendation Medal. The citation reads

“This is to certify that the Secretary of the Army has awarded the Army Commendation Medal to Sergeant Lani A. Yearicks, 434th Army Band, for meritorious service while serving as the trombone section leader, training NCO, and Retention NCO. SGT Yearicks’ dedication and selfless service are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon her, the Signal Corps Band, and the United States Army.”

I also got some nice gifts – a really nice wooden box that holds a small notepad and a pen (pen not included) and it has a plate with my name engraved on it (from the platoon), a cute little cross stitch kit and a Jazz trombone CD from the trombone section, and a $25 gift card to Target from the Family Readiness Group. I also got a picture from the unit with a mat that most of the unit has signed. It’ll be a really nice addition to our Army wall in our new house at Ft. Drum.

After lunch I went and had some blood drawn for an updated HIV test for the Army – we have to do one every 2 years. And then I went and “worked” in the training office. Ok, I did help Phil finish out the PT cards from the test this morning, but then I just looked at houses in the Ft. Drum area. We’re looking to buy a house, and I’m researching them as much as I can online and via e-mail with our realtor (is that spelled right? It looks funny.).

My evening was spent with my guys. After dinner, we went to Michael’s so I could get some yarn for a new baby afghan I’m starting for a friend, and then it was home to play, do bedtime, and then crochet and watch TV. Time for bed now. . .

Overnight low: 41
Today’s high: 66

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