This is the first I am seeing your thread man. Let me say I am sorry for the loss of your wife. It would be cool to meet up with you this summer, but I am not going down by DFW. Your build is awesome. I presume you have seen my interior mods thread. I keep a lot of stuff with me.
Are you going to mount your rock lights where mine are? I ran the Rigid Rock lights. I have been considering getting another 4 light set and mounting them in the front and back. I am also kicking around putting a 10" diffused SR on the hood, up front by the Jeep badge.
BTW, I was a Generator Mechanic then earned a scholarship and went to the (at the time) last all male military college. I resigned my commission in 2012 after 12 years. All Reserve, I was supposed to be active but my file was lost for 9 months by Cadet Command. I have been to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan in various capacities. Service to the line, On the line, On time.
As far as my late wife, accidents happen, medical mistakes were made. She wouldn't have wanted me to dwell on her death.
As far as seeing your interior, yes I have seen it and I'm envious. I would love to be that prepared and I am to an extent for bare essentials.
I can't really mount rock lights where you did because I've got the RRO rock rails. But what I was thinking was mounting them to the doors, the little plastic on the bottom of the doors. But I have a hard time justifying rock lights when I have area lights mounted to my roof. If I got rock lights they'd likely be used in conjunction with my strobes.
I have the 10" SR driving pattern light and it does pretty well, but it's easily over powered by my a pillar lights and my roof light (which dwarfs everything). I mainly use the 10" as a supplement to my a pillar lights and my headlights during storms and nothing else since I have an amber cover over it which greatly reduces its effectiveness. As you may have noticed in my storm chasing flood video my amber light is on almost the whole time.
I commend anyone that takes the time to serve, in any capacity. But I don't shun those that don't either. The military isn't for everyone. I did my time, 7 years. Did two combat tours and one non combat peace time mission in South America. And to be honest while my second tour was on paper technically a wartime tour, it was really a vacation. My tour in Afghanistan was the brutal, harsh, real combat tour. And after the nightmares I experienced there, I swore I would never go back. Despite having a job offer by General Dynamics to serve as a contractor to the communications hub and make 150k. I couldn't do it and I'm glad I didn't since 6 months after getting out my late wife died. I don't talk much about my time in country or the late few years of my service much as they are triggers for me. Just rest assured, I served honorably, I've been in combat, and to this day I would lay down my life in defense of this great nation and my family.