Dear Augusta

Dear Augusta,
My time here is coming to a close and what a time it has been. I truly have been blessed during my stay in this great city.  So where do I begin? How about I start by covering the very reason that I came-
SBOLC
I came here to attend SBOLC at Fort Gordon.  And I was reminded of one of my fundamental truths of life and the Army.
       People matter most, always.
You see,  Army training reminds you of this fact because you build unique bonds with people that aren’t easily replicated on the civilian side. You train together, you get frustrated together, you triumph together, etc. You get the idea.
And this was the case with SBOLC Class 02-12. I met some great people, built some great friendships, and shared some great times.  Overall it was a real blessing. I am particularly thankful for the members of my squad (Killer Eagles, Hooah) and our TAC Leadership.  My squad had a genuine continuity and I know that I am a sharper person for knowing these people. Our TAC Leadership did a great job of training us, and I am thankful that they were dedicated to making us good leaders. This verse comes to mind-
As iron sharpens iron,so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17
 Nevada Guys

 My Squad- Killer Eagles

 Can You Hear Me Now? 

Thank you Class 02-12. God Bless and I am confident I will see many of you again one of these days.
Next topic-
I was wary of my time in Augusta because I didn’t know if I would be able to find a church that I could call home for my time here.  Turns out my concerns were unwarranted (which is the case 99% of the time).
Shortly after I arrived, I ventured over to Warren Baptist Church and it was clear from the start that God wanted me there. 
I must begin by saying this- Glory to God for the things He is doing at Warren Baptist Church. What a wonderful group of people! They truly define the CHURCH. The CHURCH as a group of people, not as a building with a steeple. The CHURCH exists without buildings, but Warren is full of people that love the Lord.
I am so thankful for the time I had there, and the people I met. Special thanks to Grant J. for allowing me to be involved with his ministry. 
Grant,
I just want you to know that you are a great man of God and I love you like a brother.  You will see me again one day, that is a promise.
To the Youth-
You are great. Each and every one of you that I got to know blessed me in a special way.
You have tremendous potential, and a wonderful future ahead of you.  And if I could give you any advice, it would be summarized in this verse-
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12
Final Topic
The final component of my time here has actually been the time that I spent away from here. Odd I know, but let me explain.
While here, I have been able to travel and visit friends in the area and make new friends. Here are the highlights-
       Visiting my adopted family in Dacula- I am planning on writing all of you soon just to convey my feelings about you guys, but suffice it to say that I loved my time with you.  From jumping on trampolines, to bananagrams, to good ole manual labor, I enjoyed it all.  I love you all very much. 
 Trampoline Skills
       Man time with KB. Had a blast playing some golf in NC and I am proud of you man. Love you brother. 
 Pinehurst, Nuff Said
       Meeting Merv and winning  the Masters at Merv’s. It was a great experience and I will be back my friend. You define Southern Hospitality! 
 2012 Champion with Prior Winners
That’s all for now. I return home with mixed emotions but certainly thankful for the time I had here. 
 Be Back Soon
There is an old saying that goes something like this- Don’t be sad that its over, be glad that it happened.
I am glad.
– B.
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