29 years ago today I reported to the Army and Air Force Entrance and Examination Station (AAFEES) in Boston to begin more than 8 years on active duty. While my time in the Army was rewarding, that first day was no fun at all. After being poked and prodded at AAFEES, I was put on a plane (my first flight in an airliner) andshipped off to Ft. Knox. I got to Knox very late at night and was then treated to the stereotypical recruit harassment. I recall getting to bed about 3AM and being rudely awaken at 4:30AM by a drill sergeant banging on a metal trash can cover. That day was the lasttime my hair ever covered my ears. 🙂