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By Olivia Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Hurry up and wait finally over


Army National Guard

Whitman County Gazette reporting intern has been sworn into the Army National Guard and will depart for basic training Aug. 8.

It began with a phone call from my recruiter, Sgt. Elizabeth De Hoyos, two weeks ago.

The long-awaited news finally came about from the medical waiver I needed to enter the U.S. Army National Guard. I was accepted and would travel to the Sunset Highway MEPS (Military Entrancing Processing Station) location in Airway Heights on June 2.

A swell of excitement and anxiety swept over me in that one phone call.

The past seven months, I dedicated most of my time physically and mentally training for tests and military evaluations. Nothing else mattered to me.

All I wanted was this chance - I am...

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