Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year

After the New Year's holiday, we'll only have 9 more days of class.

I finished off this week by passing all of the field problems. Overall, the class did much better on this second set of graded scenarios than on the first practice set. There were far fewer failures and everyone seemed more comfortable with the task of solving each scene.

I was elected as class speaker for graduation and will now be spending time trying to come up with a decent speech while studying for the final set of tests. We have 9 more regular tests and one 450-question test needed to become certified as a peace officer in Arizona.

In addition to the tests, we still have to qualify on the shooting range in the day time, complete a 9 mile run to the top of South Mountain (where all of the radio towers are), perform traffic direction in an actual intersection, perform a series of physical fitness tests, and have a simulated shootout using paintball guns.

I just found out that the recruit that was dismissed in week 6 will be re-starting the academy on Tuesday, January 3rd. His classroom is right next to ours so he will probably be watching us with envy as he runs around in his black and whites while we finish up our last two weeks. I'm glad he's been given another chance to become an officer but wish he could have made it through with us.


At December 31, 2005 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year. Home stretch. Howie and Molly

At January 01, 2006 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary, your the best -- we are soo proud of you, words excape me. noot your dad, he always has words and his on congratulatioons he's so proud of you was befor too, but this is awesome. you are a great young man.
Luv Ya, Dad & Sharon

At January 02, 2006 8:06 AM, Anonymous ronda said...

Way to go Bubba, I can't wait to hear you speak at graduation. We are all so proud of you!

At January 02, 2006 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Gary - sounds like the home stratch is going to go a busy one, but then again what part of this training has not been busy. We really do appreciate all of the updates. Linda and I are so looking forward to the 13th. You're doing a great job. No surprise there. You have a great future ahead of you. And that doesn't even include us hanging the lights in your garage. Little humor there (very little).


At January 05, 2006 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are very proud of you, Gary. Maybe Vicki can help with that speech - like writing something that will make the toughest recruit cry! You have certainly put in the effort, time and enthusiasm to this endeavor. You will no doubt go far. Can't wait to see you in your uniform and hear yur speech. LC


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