Today, 3/14/2016 is the 2oth anniversary of me leaving for Navy Basic Training.

20 years ago right now, I had JUST rolled onto base via the airport shuttle the Navy sends for all the recruits. We had no reps from the Navy on the bus, just the driver who was contracted to do this job every week.

I remember him trying to keep the mood light, but from my recollection it was like a funeral on that bus. I don’t think any of us said a word for the entire ride.

When we pulled through those gates, my life changed forever.