Ten years ago today was my last official day as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force.
I left the Individual Ready Reserve in June 2002, but I don't count that extra time since I worked as a civilian full-time.
I find it ironic that the "Officer In Charge" (OIC) of "Career Enhancements" signed my Honorable Discharge! Leaving the service can be quite a "career enhancement" when you want to continue defending Air Force data assets but the service feels its time to "career broaden." :)
To this day I am grateful for the colleagues, training, experiences, missions, and responsibilities of my time in the Air Force. At the same time, I remain amazed that I spent almost 11 years of my life wearing the uniform. It seems so long ago now, but I am always pleased to run across people in the security and intelligence worlds who remember working with "Captain Bejtlich."
I've greatly enjoyed the last ten years out of uniform and I look forward to more good ones, God willing!