Anniversary ~ Entered Active Duty, September 22, 1968–46 years ago…

2LT James A ArtisArrived at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Olson Hall, on this date 46 years ago, to attend the Infantry Officers Basic Course [IOBC].

I drove my 1968 Cougar XR7 from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Ft. Benning. Interesting drive into the deep-south in 1968, although uneventful,

I left my wife, Ann, behind. She was carrying our first child , who would be born in February and be named Sherry Monique.

I think of this day because it set my date-of-rank and because next month [10/25], several of us will gather in Greensboro, NC at NCA&TSU, to reminisce about our ROTC and active duty experiences. That gathering will also be 46 years since we were commissioned lieutenants.