It was a great 10-day liberty from the Marines for Erin' son, JW. First he and two other boot camp grads were applauded by passengers as they boarded their plane home. Then, an anonymous patron picked up his dinner tab at Ernest's. And finally, the photo above.

Erin sent it to me last evening. I don't know the whole story (I'm sure she'll fill us in when she's back Wednesday), but what better way to head back to duty than a photo with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

The Marines teach their men to keep cool under all kinds of stress, and JW is clearly remembering his training in this picture!