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TSAX
02-05-2011, 10:29
Basic Training - Confidence course was fun.

Security Forces Academy - All the cool guns we shot and going into town.

Active Duty - The life long friends I made.

Veteran - No trips to really hot places with lots of sand and having to wear MOPP gear, although some people lost weight in those suits :supergrin:

MrMurphy
02-07-2011, 06:29
My best experience was and shall remain classified. You know how it is.

JBnTX
02-07-2011, 13:30
My best experience was the entire 21 years that past so fast.
Looking back, it seems it was just the blink of an eye.

Ralff
02-08-2011, 07:53
My best experience was the entire 21 years that past so fast.
Looking back, it seems it was just the blink of an eye.

Yes. Basic and tech school seemed to take 10 years to get through, but the following 10 just blew past.

faawrenchbndr
02-08-2011, 09:46
I was Gen Tommy Franks' Aircraft Crew Chief from mid 2000 to early 2002.
On September 11, 2001 we landed at a location overseas for a routine
AOR trip. Little did we know but about four hours later the Twin Towers were struck.
We departed for the US in the early morning hours of 12 Spetember 2001.
We were one of only 12 aircraft airborne that day in United States airspace over Washington DC.

USAFE7
02-08-2011, 14:18
The best? There were really thousands of them, the friends, the bars, the fun....I really can't single just one out.
Now the worst would be a lot easier but, I don't like thinking or talking about them.

USAF 94535
02-13-2011, 16:31
tech school was fun but the best was the going away parties and welcome to the squadron ones every two weeks. a great reason for a drunk fest

Flattop67
02-13-2011, 18:28
The Best: The first 18yrs.
The Worst: The last 2yrs.

gardy90
02-14-2011, 09:16
basic had some good memories but by far the best times ive had have been out in the missile field, driving from site to site, usualy in a blizard haha

meeko
02-15-2011, 19:58
Looking back the best were the 5 years I spent at Eaker (Blytheville) AFB AR. Had a lot of good times, working wasn't really work. Giant Sword, EST and ABGD FTX's at Little Rock. Sad thing is we couldn't wait to get out of there and none of us knew how good we had it til it closed and we moved on!

usafsfvet
02-20-2011, 18:10
Some of my best experiences involved deployments to Kuwait pre 9/11 (around the 1999-2000 time frame). Back then, we used to be able to venture out to the markets without any problems. I remember being able to visit <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Kuwait</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">City</st1:PlaceType> and dined at a restaurant in one of the towers right off of the <st1:place w:st="on">Mediterranean</st1:place>. I was impressed with that region as it was a nicer area of the country, where as most of it was littered with trash or dead camels along the side of the road, Bedouins tending flocks of sheep, and things left over from the first gulf war. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

After 9/11, deployments to the mideast were more frequent and quite tumultous, particularly in the past couple of years.

Ralff
02-22-2011, 08:03
Some of my best experiences involved deployments to Kuwait pre 9/11 (around the 1999-2000 time frame). Back then, we used to be able to venture out to the markets without any problems. I remember being able to visit <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Kuwait</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">City</st1:PlaceType> and dined at a restaurant in one of the towers right off of the <st1:place w:st="on">Mediterranean</st1:place>. I was impressed with that region as it was a nicer area of the country, where as most of it was littered with trash or dead camels along the side of the road, Bedouins tending flocks of sheep, and things left over from the first gulf war. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

After 9/11, deployments to the mideast were more frequent and quite tumultous, particularly in the past couple of years.


I deployed to Kuwait late 02 early 03. The first weekend we were there, they had an off base trip. I decided not to go because I was tired, thinking I could just go the next weekend. That week they shut down off base travel. I never did get to see Kuwait City. :(

VA_lockup
02-22-2011, 10:37
Funniest memory-
Basic Training. 323rd... SSgt Listenbee walks in after we finished our cleaning and showering after PT and took a huge dump in the latrine and blames it on us. I couldnt help but to laugh my ass off.

Best memory-
Sitting at Ft. Hood for .50 cal school on the range. apparently their ranges have herds of cattle on them... free roaming cattle.

Worst memory-
Stuck at the same base the whole time. Ok, so im glad I didnt end up at Minot or some missle base, but Randolph AFB, a headquarters base for EVERYTHING apparently. All we did was look pretty. nothing ever happened there.. ever. For SF, that sucked.

usafsfvet
02-22-2011, 12:25
I was at Randolph a few weeks ago...I can see it being mostly an LE base for SF. And since it is the AFPC base, I'm sure a good deal of it is political.

VA_lockup
02-22-2011, 13:20
I was at Randolph a few weeks ago...I can see it being mostly an LE base for SF. And since it is the AFPC base, I'm sure a good deal of it is political.

oh yeah... 13 assigned Generals to a base no larger than your local shopping center...

usafsfvet
02-23-2011, 05:05
oh yeah... 13 assigned Generals to a base no larger than your local shopping center...

At that point, the mission seems to be more about making sure your uniform is heavily starched and your shoes shined rather than any type of force protection.

I remember we had a base commander who implimented a policy where SF patrols and gate guards had to wear their blues. That didn't last long after 9/11.

JimBianchi
02-23-2011, 06:09
Best?

See avatar at left.

VA_lockup
02-23-2011, 09:43
At that point, the mission seems to be more about making sure your uniform is heavily starched and your shoes shined rather than any type of force protection.

I remember we had a base commander who implimented a policy where SF patrols and gate guards had to wear their blues. That didn't last long after 9/11.

you are exactly right. everyday there was someone on the gate that was in dress blues with an M-4. in 120 degree weather, it sucked.

TSAX
02-25-2011, 18:57
Funniest memory-
Basic Training. 323rd... SSgt Listenbee walks in after we finished our cleaning and showering after PT and took a huge dump in the latrine and blames it on us. I couldnt help but to laugh my ass off.

Best memory-
Sitting at Ft. Hood for .50 cal school on the range. apparently their ranges have herds of cattle on them... free roaming cattle.

Worst memory-
Stuck at the same base the whole time. Ok, so im glad I didnt end up at Minot or some missle base, but Randolph AFB, a headquarters base for EVERYTHING apparently. All we did was look pretty. nothing ever happened there.. ever. For SF, that sucked.


Wow, you named dropped, I remember when that TI lost a strip for have "relations" with a trainee and she was hot even the women wanted to do her :supergrin:.

VA_lockup
02-26-2011, 14:33
Wow, you named dropped, I remember when that TI lost a strip for have "relations" with a trainee and she was hot even the women wanted to do her :supergrin:.

i am unaware of this. PM me some details!

Brianharless13
02-26-2011, 14:44
Basic Training blew at the 3708 BMTS. Met a good group of guys that we later went across base to the Security Police Academy. Had a wonderful time and visiting San Antonio and the hotels. :)
Air Base Ground Defense rocked but hated Ft. Dixx, New Jersey.

+10 for TSA cause I ended up going to a missile base and it totally sucked and caused me to choose a career change and leave the Air Force.

Would love to be back at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Many pleasurable experiences there.

Scamp
03-03-2011, 20:59
Best - My 2 years at RAF Lakenheath 82-84

Worse - My 2 years at Blytheville, AR. 84-86

Jeepnik
03-05-2011, 19:28
Easy, best and worst were the same place, the same day. Landing at Travis AFB in June 1970. If you gotta ask, you wouldn't understand.

ravenkeeper98
03-05-2011, 19:37
The years I spent in the 429 ECS working on the EF-111A as a Comm, Nav, ECM Journeyman

Caver 60
03-08-2011, 00:11
Tons of flying experiences. I'll always remember my last T-38 solo ride just before I graduated from undergraduate pilot training. After doing about 15 minutes of acro I rolled out level to check the gages and decided I had just enough fuel to return to base and shoot three touch and goes and a full stop. The base was directly behind me.

I decided to do a split S to get headed back to base. But I had misread the altimeter by 10,000 feet. I was pointed straight at the ground when I thought the ground looked a little too close.

A quick glance in the cockpit revealed my mistake. Quicker than it takes to tell, I pulled both throttles to idle, popped the speed brake, looked at the fuel gage and saw I could pull 7 1/3 G's without over stressing the plane, and set the G meter on 7 1/3 G's. Then I looked outside to see if I was going to pull out of it OK. Fortunately I pulled out with room to spare.

That was the last time I ever misread an altimeter. (In my defense it was the old style altimeter, which was very easy to misread.) I sure didn't tell anybody about that experience for awhile.

VA_lockup
03-12-2011, 16:18
I'll always remember my last T-38 solo ride just before I graduated from undergraduate pilot training.

where was that at?

Caver 60
03-13-2011, 23:03
where was that at?

Laughlin AFB Texas.

jaws48
03-14-2011, 20:30
Total of 26 years...it was all good!

AFshooter
03-15-2011, 00:49
The best?
The date of my enlistment until the time of this post.

freedom790
04-11-2011, 15:54
Best times=
getting all 4 HMMWV tires off the ground
The first time we took hostile fire "hey guys, are we getting shot at?"
The day I learned I made E-4 BTZ, the day I learned I made E-5
Fireteam leader in the missile field
Some NFL cheerleaders visited Balad, exciting! Then being told my squad had to patrol to SAM and IDF footprint for the duration of their visit. (sarcasm...)
Some Iraqi kid trying to trade his cow to me for my sunglasses, pen, and M4.

Probably tons more, I've had the best times of my life and met the best people I could ever ask to encounter while enlisted.

Morris
04-17-2011, 10:29
Lots of good to outweigh the bad.

Oddly enough, best memory is sitting in my rig at OP-13 at YTC, waiting for a passing thunderstorm so that we could do CAS training again. Just the quiet, austere environment, pallet humming along, lightning strikes on the knuckles a few miles away. Rainier clear to the west. Wondering if I would get electrocuted since I left the antennas up. But wonderfully peaceful.

DonMerlin
05-09-2013, 04:25
My best experience was the entire 21 years that past so fast.
Looking back, it seems it was just the blink of an eye.

+1 on this. Seems like I just got started and one day I was retired. Now I have been retired longer than I was in. :fred:

riata2
05-09-2013, 06:17
Best = enlisted USAF July 1961
Worst = Basic training in TX July to Sept. 1961
Best = promoted to E3 with 8 months and 3 weeks time in grade 1962
Worst = still E3 when discharged in Feb 1965
Best got GI bill for education and housing help
Now = use VA for my health care = getting old

98LS-WON
05-09-2013, 08:07
After doing about 15 minutes of acro
LMAO, hopefully you had your leotard on...:tongueout:

acrobatics plural of acˇroˇbatˇics
Noun
Gymnastic feats.


I have always given my students a ration a crap for calling it that. I think my highlight was getting to FAC(A) one of my former T-37 students flying A-10's in Korea...or it could be any number TDY's to Nellis.

Illini_Glock
05-09-2013, 12:05
Basic Training - Confidence course was fun.

Security Forces Academy - All the cool guns we shot and going into town.

Active Duty - The life long friends I made.

Veteran - No trips to really hot places with lots of sand and having to wear MOPP gear, although some people lost weight in those suits :supergrin:

Agree with all of that.