wow...it's been a trip. Driving from Houston to Edwards AFB is no fun, i stopped over only on military bases cause i didn't want my stuff exposed to the locals (Fort Bliss, El Paso and Luke AFB, Phoenix). Not too mention is was cheap as hell. Got to Edwards late, and stayed in the hotel. Woke up next day and stayed on my feet all day going to meeting, and in processing. Holy crap there is a lot of in processing, I'm still not done, but about 90% is done now 2 weeks later. So this is air force life? It's just like being a civilian so far, there are only 2 uniformed personnel (myself included) in my office, the rest are civilians. I have to go 3 people up my chain of command to hit a military person. But the civilians are nice. My squadron is pretty cool, i haven't met one enlisted person from my squadron yet, i don't know if we have any. 50% of the people i have met are mid-high level civilians, about 30% 2LT's, the rest are 1LT/CAPTs and i'm on a first name bases with all of them. Not what i expected. I won't be given real work until i get both my TDY's out the way AFBC and ACQ training. I'm a developmental engineer btw, I'll be on the flight line working on F-16 most likely, or riding in the back seat if I'm lucky. The weekends seem to be lively even if the base I'm on is dead. We are close to LA and some other cool places, lots of people leave on the weekends. Finding people to make friends with is really easy, seems people in the military become friends quicker b/c of all the moving i guess. The house they gave me is nice as well, I've never had this much room before, not to mention amenities. Often i find it surreal the way military members are treated, especially officers. So far, so good. The USAF is a great organization, i'm sure i'll get bored here in a few years however, I'm gonna try and get deployed or do language immersion to get out of the states so my career is varied.