I discovered today that there is a website for Basic Training at Fort Jackson. They list all the units and companies as well as their Facebook pages for friends and family to send their "Hooah!"s and well-wishes.
Unfortunately, Ben is only going into Basic officially today, so the units and companies are still in the formation process. Hopefully, in the next few days, I will be able to find out which one he is in so that I can stalk him effectively.
In my great desire to find out more about where he is, I looked up the google map of Fort Jackson. As it turns out, there aren't any specific flags for the military base, only a Watch & Jewelry store that appears to be permanently closed. It took me a while to find out where the entry gate is and I only did when I tried to use the street view on the map.
Interesting Fact: Military Bases don't let street view camera cars on grounds.
So, for you lovely people, I made a few pictures of the map showing a rather large area of buildings and streets that have no street view. I find it interesting... I think Ben's Map Geek-iness is rubbing off on me!
This is a close-ish view, showing a large chunk of human habitation without the blue lines of street view.
Here is a further away picture showing what I assume to be the entire base outlined in blue. The base buildings are on the lower left of the non-blue area.
Anyway... If you want to stalk Ben too, here is the link to the Basic Training page. As of today at 10:12AM, neither of the two Units listed are Ben's. So, just ignore those.
There are links on the side on how and when to get letters to Ben, but I'm percolating an idea on how to get him as many messages as possible without singling him out. The first comment on my last blog made me stop and think a bit about it. I certainly don't want Ben to suffer any grief via his NCOs. More on that when I get his address.
Keep the prayers up, I know it helps! (I got a call from Ben late last night and he sounded much better!)