Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Year's Reception 2017: The People

We had an absolute blast hosting the leaders of the Diamond Brigade today. We divided the sessions into seven parts, one for the brigade staff leaders, and six separate sessions for the six battalions. We started at noon with 45 minute receptions and a 15 minute reset period between each one. At the end of each session, my handsome husband would make a few remarks, thanking these hardworking heroes and their families for their excellence, then we would end with a group photo outside.

It was a long day but the amazing people in the brigade made it so much fun! I have to say, it truly takes a team! BIG hugs and thanks to my neighbor and friend, Lisa, for contributing and talking me through organization and to the amazing Missy for spearing a million skewers and making prep day a total blast! Equally big hugs and thanks to the absolute heroes who spent the entire day with us, serving, replenishing, cooking, assembling, and making the day so very much fun ... Andrea and Ralph, Mackenzie and Jeremy, Carrie and Tony, and James and Missy ... We could not have pulled this off without them!

Also, a shoutout to my super sixteen-year-old, Nathan, who handled the drink station, photography, and the oven all day ... and to my Joshua, who glittered grapes, prepped the house, and helped from start to finish. They all deserve a medal for their incredible efforts.

75th Field Artillery Brigade Staff Leadership ... Tough as Diamonds!

2-4 FA Deep Attack!

3-13 FA Red Dragons!

1-14 FA Steel Warriors!

2-18 FA Mission Ready ... battalion is deployed and we enjoyed
spending time with the rear detachment and spouses!

2-20 FA Deep Strike!

100 BSB Diamond Support!

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