Saturday, February 1, 2014

Promotion to Major

On the last day of January, the kids and I joined Brady at his squadron for his Major promotion ceremony.  While Brady would prefer to avoid being the center of attention, I encouraged him to go through the ceremony for the sake of the kids.  I felt it would be important for the children to have an opportunity to hear about their father's accomplishments and to witness him receiving the recognition that he very much deserves.  The girls were over-the-top excited to get dressed up in the "fancy clothes" and to be a part of the ceremony.  Their job during the ceremony was to remove his old captain's rank, revealing the new major rank on the shoulders of his flight suit.

As I listened to Brady's commander share about his accomplishments in his Air Force career and as he bragged on how well Brady has done with the IPUG course so far, I couldn't help but think that Lieutenant Colonel Berkland only knows a small piece of the man that I know.  Yes, he is an incredibly hard worker.  Yes, the 480th is very fortunate to have him as a part of the squadron because he is an amazing pilot, a great leader and a phenomenal teacher.  But, there is so much more to this man.  He is such a loving father and husband.  He works so hard every day to put forth his best.  He is introspective.  He is organized.  He is a wonderful cook.  He helps keep order in our household.  He is a great listener.  He is a great friend. He is an amazing man of God and a strong spiritual leader for our family.  He prioritizes his faith and family above all else.  Zeke and Drew are so fortunate to have him as their model of what a Godly father/husband should look like.  I am so grateful that God led us down the path to find each other and I am so grateful to have him as my husband and best friend.  I am one blessed woman!

 Removing old rank

Giving the oath

I am so very proud of this man.


  1. I've been following Brady's story for years now and it makes my heart smile so big to see that where satan tried to put a period, God put a comma. Your family is beautiful and I'm so happy for ya'll.

  2. That's amazing! Beautifully written. Congratulations!!!

  3. What a beautiful story! Congratulations!!

  4. Wonderful post. You are both blessed and Sue and I are honored to know you folks.

  5. Congrats! so happy for your family!

  6. i discovered this going a google search for 'major promotion ceremony'. we are having our daughter take off daddys bars tomorrow! what a cute family you have, we are about to have our fourth baby :)

    glad i came across your blog today!!! God bless :)