Category Archives: Turning Blue Ceremony

Day 106: National Infantry Museum

National Infantry Museum – May 5, 2011

The National Infantry Museum is an amazing place!

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Image by hoyasmeg via Flickr

Located pretty much right on the Fort Benning Base. Or at least right next door to it. MG (Ret.) Jerry White, President and Chairman of the National Infantry Foundation writes in the opening pages of the brochure – “This world-class facility is dedicated to the Infantry Soldier and those who have supported him. Through state-of-the-art technology this museum vividly tells the Infantryman’s story since 1775 while educating visitors that the freedoms we enjoy are not free”.

After the Turning Blue Ceremony on Thursday, April 28th, we headed to the museum. Ben figured it would be better to visit the museum on Thursday instead of Friday because graduation is held at on the Soldier’s Field right at the museum and it would be a whole lot busier. Ben was right. We had a great time at the museum and took lots of pictures!

However, this picture is the one that I wanted to highlight in the post from General Sarge HQ today. While General Sarge is not in this picture, this is a very important picture of PVT Benjamin Jeffrey in his dress uniform. As we entered the museum one of the helpful tour guides led us to this spot and said…

“This is the must have and traditional picture that all soldiers take after Turning Blue”.

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Day 105: Fort Benning Turning Blue Ceremony

Turning Blue Ceremony – May 4, 2011

2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment

We are getting back into the swing of things after returning home from Fort Benning, GA for PVT Ben Jeffrey’s graduation last week. While Sandra and I flew home Saturday, Ben flew to Idaho to visit his older brother who lives out there. His, along with his brothers flight who is home for a visit, arrived last night, (Tuesday), around 9:00pm in Rochester, NY. Of course flying through many time zones has a way of messing up your body clock. So, as I was walking out the door this morning around 4:00am, Ben was walking in after visiting with some friends he hasn’t seen since mid-January.

While I did try to keep on General Sarge posts while we were away, I took many more pictures than just what you saw. I’ve had a number of people ask if I have more pictures of graduation. Of course I do! As I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for everyone to see the pictures I came up with an easy way to do it.

Many times when we hear the word graduation, we think of one main event. But, I ended up with three categories of pictures;

  • Turning Blue Ceremony
  • National Infantry Museum
  • Graduation

Here’s the plan. For the next three days I will do a post for each portion of the graduation celebration. I’ll place one or two pictures directly in the post and then link to more pictures on Flickr.

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