Good Morning Families!
To coin a phrase, "It was a dark and stormy night" last night. This morning dawned very early and overcast for the Basics. We had our photographers out to catch them learning to march and prepare for the Swearing-In Ceremony, with has now concluded. WebHatter and I are here in the WebGuy command center playing catch-up from yesterday.
So, here is how the day will shape up coverage wise. We will continue to upload the remainder of the photos from I-Day including Doolittle arrivals, the footprints, haircuts, clothing issue, and the tailor shop. With plenty of photos for the first day, that should keep everyone busy playing "Where's Waldo". As the day progresses we'll starting processing and uploading the photos from this morning's activities and be taking more photos this afternoon, which should be processed and uploaded by tonight for your viewing pleasure tomorrow morning.
With that being said, I want to talk again about expectations, since we have many new readers since yesterday. To make things easier in your search for your basic, we have created galleries for each of the eight basic training squadrons. We have divided BCT into three main time periods. In-Processing Day, BCT 1 and BCT 2. Obviously In-Processing was yesterday. Today begins BCT 1. Every photo we take regardless of squadron during BCT 1 & 2 can be found in those main galleries. Where possible, we also put a copy of the photo sorted by squadron into each squadron's gallery (A-H). Now each squadron is divided into 5 flights that will eventually turn into the academic year squadrons. Here is an example. Using the chart below, Basics in BCT Aggressors, D Flight will be in Cadet Squadron 4 when the academic year begins.
When the squadrons are mixed together, like this morning and yesterday during in-processing we just put all the photos into the main gallery. Trying to sort each individual photo would take more manpower than is practical. We will make sure to let you know how best to search in each blog.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, we will not be able to cover each squadron each day. The security access, and the training schedule are the limiting factors. We have worked hard to be sure that by the end of BCT, each squadron has the same level of coverage. So, this afternoon, as an example, we are covering Guts & Hellcats in the warehouse getting issued more stuff. Those families can look for photos in their squadron galleries by tomorrow. Over the holiday weekend the basics are going to be doing a lot of testing in classrooms. We can't cover that, but they will be doing Intramurals on the 4th of July and we will be able to have a lot of access and should be able to cover every squadron doing something. Next weeks training will allow us to get specific coverage of the other squadrons that we missed today. Each week will roll out like that during First Beast. I hope that is clear. I will get more into how things will work during BCT 2 and Jack's Valley as we roll along.
Lastly, even though I was really specific about what our coverage is today in advance as an example, generally we will be blogging about what has already happend. Since this is the Air Force and things always remain fluid, I don't want to promise coverage that we end up not being able to provide.
I'll be back this evening with another blog, until then enjoy the photos, they will be uploading all day.