College Classes & Monthly Training

This past week was a busy one for me, and in addition to securing a nice paycheck, it reminded me of another reason why I am happy to be at Grace College and Theological Seminary.

From Friday to Tuesday I was at my monthly drill at Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base in Peru, Indiana.  Now, my unit’s drill weekends are normally just two day ordeals, but due to upcoming dual Annual Tours coming up in May and October, my commander saw fit to extend our training through Monday and Tuesday so that everyone could be current with things like medical, career-specific Computer Based Training courses, and , as well as heavy equipment refresher courses.  In addition, much time was delegated to the building up and loading of pallets for air shipment via KC-135.  While I was excited by the prospect of getting a larger paycheck than normal, I was initially concerned by the extension of the training weekend.  I had classes and due dates on Monday and Tuesday which I would have to skip, and I knew that I would have very little time to work on class projects in the evenings after I got off duty.

When I addressed my concerns with my professors, they told me that they made personal habits of working with military students and their often-abnormal schedules.  They summarily extended several deadlines for me.  Additionally, when informed that my first annual tour would overlap with the last week of classes in May, they were very eager to work out modified assignment schedules with me.  I was encouraged by their willingness to help and the appreciation which they showed for Grace’s military students, and I am continually happy to recommend Grace as a truly “military-friendly” college.


-Marshall Vondy

Veteran’s Affairs Student Worker

(And USAF Air Transportation troop)   (;



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