Matt is officially a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force! He reached his two-year mark since graduating from USAFA and commissioning as an officer at the end of May. Matt's group held a big promotion ceremony for all the new First Lieutenants a few days later, and Matt finally got to trade in his 2Lt gold "butter" bars for 1Lt silver bars. His group chose to keep the ceremony low-key and therefore just wore the uniform of the day. I was kind of bummed about that because promotions are a big deal and service dress looks so much sharper and more professional than ABUs, but Matt was just happy to pin on his new rank. He rocks those ABUs anyway.
In other news regarding Matt's career, he recently PCA'd. PCA stands for "permanent change of assignment" and is not to be confused with PCS, which is a "permanent change of station." Matt is at Edwards for four years, so it will be two more before we PCS (move to another base). However, the Air Force wants their young officers to have diversified backgrounds, so it's common to PCA (change jobs at the same base) around the time you pin on First Lieutenant.
Still with me? Military acronyms can get rather confusing for those in the military world, let alone those outside of it. The moral of this story is that Matt had a dream first assignment working at NASA and in a fighter squadron as an engineer on a really awesome project for the F-16. I know he'll miss working with the F-16 (and flying in them!), but he was selected through a very competitive process for a special assignment and we feel so blessed that he's where he is now. Matt is loving his new position and I couldn't be more proud of him.
It's been an incredible first two years here at Edwards AFB. Here's to two more!