Hello again! It’s been a while since I’ve updated here. I’ve been spending my limited internet content generating time updating the MBS blog; I did a whole series of articles on my experience at Adepticon, for example.
One of the things that prompted me to write this post is that I got news yesterday that I did not screen for submarine XO. This takes me off of the “due course” path to commanding a submarine, but it does not necessarily mean the end of my career in the Navy. I’ve got two basic options going forward; I can either stay in the submarine community, where I will be able to do a variety of assignments in support of the service. Alternatively, I can apply to “laterally transfer” to a different community within the Navy, such as Engineering Duty or Intel. Of course, there is also the option to get out of the Navy entirely, but I’m not quite ready to take that step. At the very least, I plan on finishing my current orders, which last until 2018. As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, this news is a disappointment for me, but not really a surprise. I went into this board with eyes wide open to the possibility that this could be the outcome. So, I am doing OK; I’m not on the edge of a break-down or anything. In fact, I am genuinely excited by the options I have.
Anyway, other than the screening results, we are all doing fine. William and James are doing great. They are almost to the point where they are crawling! The next major milestone for them is that James will have his surgery up in Bethesda in a couple of weeks to correct his cleft pallet. Gwen, William, and I will be staying with him after the surgery, as he will be kept in the hospital overnight following the procedure. However, the docs say that he will be fine in time for their birthday later in June. Their actual birthday is 20 June, but Gwen and I are planning their party for the 25th. Of course, there will be lots of pictures that I’ll post here. And Cake! I won’t post that. I’ll probably eat it.