MKMMA Week 25 – Commencement


1. an act or instance of commencing; beginning:
the commencement of hostilities.
2. the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
3. the day on which this ceremony takes place.

Personal Notes


USAFA commencement

On the occasion of our master key commencement, I’m reminded of a previous commencement. On June 6, 1965, I graduated from the Air Force Academy and commenced my career as an Air Force officer. I went on to pilot training and then was selected as an instructor pilot



for the T-38 Talon. After several years, I went on to the Tactical Air Command as a pilot and then instructor pilot in the RF 4C. Next, I was a staff officer at the United States Air Forces in Europe. RF-4CThen on to be the commander of the ROTC detachment in San Jose California.That portion of my life culminated in retirement

Air Force Wargaming Center

Air Force Wargaming Center

as a Lt. Col. from the Air Force Wargaming Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

Along the way, I had married a wonderful woman who gave birth to three marvelous children: One in Texas, and two in South Carolina. For the third birth, I was in Thailand at Udon Royal Thai Air Force Base during the Vietnam conflict. My Wife and oldest son had moved with me from Texas to Shaw Air Force Base when I transitioned into the RF 4C. My whole family traveled with me to Germany and then to California and then to Alabama. I was truly blessed through that portion of my life. I’d set a goal to fly as an Air Force officer and retire as a Lt. Col. and I did.

Following the loss of my father, mother, and spouse, I entered a relatively dark time. Through the help of my wonderful children and my current wife, I was able to move on. The master key experience rekindled in me the faith that I had as a young man and as an adult.

This morning I realize that my affirmation of “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy” is literally the truth. Jesus is all my righteousness and I stand complete in Him. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am more than a conqueror through Christ. I can love because God first loved me. I can be what I will to be because God is at work in me both to will and to do of his good pleasure. I can laugh at the world because I am truly happy. I am blessed beyond the curse. My legacy is the five fine adults That I am honored to call my children. Two of them came from my second marriage, but they are still my children. My family gives me hope for the future



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