Thursday, September 15, 2011

IT Kind of Day - (Korea) Day 290

Work call this morning was at 0830. We setup for a KUB in the top secret conference room and then I actually did some IT work. It was the first time I've felt like an IT guy for a while! SPC Mick's network account for some reason expired and I had to start the process to get his account back online with the help desk. Talk about a lot of red tape, what a pain in the butt. I then imaged a laptop in the office, ran updates on it and configured it. She Captain is going to move desks and start using it because she's having some issues with her computer…it's next on my list to image. I then had to put in another help desk ticket to have some items fixed in active directory that I don't have permission to. All in all it was probably the most time I've spent doing IT work all in one day.

Before lunch I had to drive our air force major to CIF so he could turn in all his equipment. He'll be leaving soon and this is part of his out-processing. Surprisingly it didn't take too long. Once we got back I headed to lunch in my room and video chatted with my wife for a bit

After lunch I did some more inventorying of equipment for our NCOIC, then I did a SkillPort. I also found out some depressing news:

"There are NO Waivers at this time with the STB-K…as the BN as a whole is over-strength with SPC" -From our First Sergeant

My NCOIC was checking into getting a waiver for me, so I could get promoted to Specialist in October. The earliest a PFC can get promoted is with 18 months time in service with a waiver. Unfortunately it has more to do with staffing levels, than the actual merits of the person trying to get the promotion and our battalion (STB-K - Special Troops Battalion - Korea) has too many specialists at the moment. So it looks like I'll remain a PFC for another 6 months and change until it happens automatically at the 2 year mark. It's still a bit of a bummer. When I first joined I just assumed I would get the waiver and the promotion at 18 months. I knew I wouldn't be getting into trouble and I am a good worker, but such is life…we move on.

We left at 1700 after cleaning up the office. Our NCOIC wasn't in the office today because she was sick, so there was no chance of us leaving early for PT. By the time I got back to my room I had lost my motivation to work out. I've still been battling headaches every day and I figured I would just rest up tonight. My roommate said the maintenance guys called him and he'll be dropping off his keys with them tomorrow so they can come fix our lights. It won't seem like we live in a cave anymore.

I did my schoolwork…I'm in the last week of this class! I then started season 3 of Breaking Bad and did a couple SkillPorts.

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