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Parris Island, here we come!

Well, we're on our way to boot camp.

This morning, I was joined by Ocean Springs teacher Jeff LaFrance at the airport with our final destination ticketed for Parris Island, S.C.

You can read more about the overall trip in an article that appeared in Tuesday's paper.  It's probably fair to say we both have a nervous energy about our upcoming trip. Neither of us have much of a military background -- and we've both seen plenty of screaming on YouTube videos. That being said, we're both excited to see what the workshop has to offer.

We had a slight delay in Gulfport and another one in Atlanta -- hey, getting the full travel experience! -- but once we get to Savannah, Ga., we'll be bused to Parris Island, S.C., and the fun can begin.

Below is a copy of our trip itinerary. It appears we have a rather regimented schedule, but my hope is to blog -- and vlog -- as much and as often as time will allow.

Thanks for stopping by and please bookmark the blog, as it will not only house exclusive content from our trip to Parris Island, but it will also serve as a one-stop shop for all military news as it pertains to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Trip itinerary:


Welcome Dinner


Yellow Footprints/Receiving Brief

Meet DI Escorts/DI Time

CG Welcome Aboard/Command Brief

Education Brief

Squad Bay Tour/Pick up speech

Hot Chow with recruits

ISMT Brief/ Practical Application

M16 Familiarization at Khe San Range

Arrive at MCAS

Welcome Aboard/NCO Panel

F/A-18 Static Display


View Morning PT/Moto Run

Museum Visit

Family Day Ceremony

MCMAP/Confidence Crs Demo

Observe Rct Chow/Lunch with Marines

Crucible Video

Rappell Demo/Prac App

Family Day Dinner


Seating for Ceremony

Group Picture

Observe Graduation

Final Wrap-up/Q&A

Educators Depart