Well, I still haven't managed to master the 9mm pistol yet. Hopefully, that happens this Friday. I have no idea what's going to happen if I can't shoot well enough. (Maybe they just let me carry the gun, but no bullets? lol)
I started doing all the medical checks to leave. That included getting some shots. I got the anthrax shot again, which is still sore after over a week, and small pox, along with a couple of others. I still wonder how effective the anthrax shot is, but I've got to get the shot, so it's sort of a moot point. (I do know some people that have gotten sick from the shot.) The small pox shot takes a lot of care since it's actually a live virus, so you have to be really careful about keeping it covered when sleeping or working, but uncovered the rest of the time so that it can dry out. I'm very thankful that I didn't get the shot when I was a baby, though, since they have to give you triple the dosage if you've had it before. The shots definitely make you feel run down, though, so I haven't had much energy this week.
I still managed to go to the running track on Tuesday and yesterday and I actually made my run in the time I needed to. In fact, if I cut about another 10 seconds off my time, then I'm sure I'll pass with no problems. I recently heard that the AF is using BMI to measure if people are overweight or not. I'm overweight according to BMI even though I don't think I'm fat. Who comes up with these ideas? It seems like each method they use to measure body fat is worse than the last. Of course, they don't use calipers, which is the most accurate measurement next to water displacement.
I did a practice pack of much of my stuff this weekend and it looks like I'll be able to carry what I need to in only 4 bags. I guess if I end up going over, then I'll have to get someone to send the rest to me. Now, if only I can carry it all.
Overall, things are going pretty well, though. I just want to get on with this deployment after sitting around for the last couple of months.