This Saturday, Darwin got an email from the Coast Guard that was great news.
1. THE SECRETARY HAS APPROVED THE REPORT OF THE SELECTION BOARD
CONVENED ON 18 AUG 2008 WHICH RECOMMENDED THE FOLLOWING NAMED
OFFICERS ON THE ACTIVE DUTY PROMOTION LIST (ADPL) FOR PROMOTION TO
THE GRADE OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER. OFFICERS SELECTED ARE LISTED
BELOW IN ADPL PRECEDENCE ORDER:
245 LT JENSEN, DARWIN A.
We are very excited that he was selected to promote to Lieutenant Commander (O-4). The list had 342 names on it, and you can see that Darwin is 245 on the list. Basically, the email said there were eight "super stars" (my words) and they were at the top, and then they kind of go by when he graduated from Officer Candidate School...which was Sept of 1999. The guy who graduated at the top of their class is #229. Now I asked him a ton of questions about what this actually all means, and pretty much, it takes about a year to actually get the promotion, and technically they could move us again, but they told him they probably wouldn't shop his job, because it is hard to fill. (No one wants to come to Alaska.) So anyway, within a year or so, he will be promoted, and we are really excited.
Darwin also got a calling at church this Sunday. He was called (and sustained) to be the 2nd counselor in the Elders Quorum. The bishopric actually came over two weeks ago and asked him to do another calling (that he honestly wasn't very excited about but said yes to) and then last Sunday when they were supposed to sustain him, they didn't. It was kind of weird. Then the Stake President found us, and asked him to do this job. I think he was kind of glad that it is not scouting again. He has been the scout master for the past 7 years, and he was really ready for a break, even though he does like working with the scouts.
I still don't have any callings at church...hehe! I did play the piano and give the lesson in Relief Society yesterday, but that was just filling in for people that were gone. I've never taught in Relief Society before, so I was really nervous, but it went ok. Guess that is all for now. ~MeJ