So, we had our Air Force DEP Christmas Party tonight, and I had a lot of un-expected stuff happen. Also, we just flat out had a good time. We met a guy who is about to become Master Chief Seargent, we had 5 recruiters, all of them SSgts, except mine who is a TSgt, and then we handed out the awards, this is where I was surprised. I am a very blunt person, and usually get along with 1/2 of the people I meet, usually 1/2 are ok with me, the other 1/2 despise me. Well, tonight I got a Air Force coin, it was the "Top Recruiter" Coin, and it was handed out to 2 people out of I think the number is around 50. I got this coin, because I had spread out a lot of pamphlets/packages of pamphlets around my region of the recruiting district, and I had also, everytime my recruiter needed to speak to me, I'd drive to his station and usually help him with other DEP'ers getting stuff done. I was really shocked because I was considered mostly the "loner" of the DEP, although their is no real loners since we basically do everything together in our spare time. So, I was pretty "WOAHED!" because my Uncle [Army Engineer, 13 years] was pretty proud of all of his coins he'd earned because of multiple things [he got I think 8-9 coins, a few for services above & beyond, and other stuff, I think one was for one of his injuries during Desert Storm] and I called to tell him, but apparently I am going to go to Nashville to show him tomorrow. Anyways, the party was really fun, and I learned that if you work hard, your stuck out and shown as a example, and to be honest...I loved it. I love being able to say I worked harder then others, and I hope the others will work harder with me to get our DEP stronger in size & individual power. We all also got a Certificate of Enlistment, which everyone got, but I am keeping it in my AF Packet I carry around when we have stuff, it has everything I could need for identification, and plus my WHOLE contract [you would not believe how thick that contract is until you fill it out]. Anyways, had a blast, and must admit, my perspective has changed a lot about stuff. Thanks to any Veterans out there, you guys/gals make me proud to say I am on my way to becoming a Airman.