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J. Parker
04-21-2004, 22:02
Thanks GT, I appreciate this. I'll never forget my service to my country. Vets please chime in and tell us your service. I was in the USAF for two hitches.
Lackland AFB, Texas
Keesler AFB, Miss.
Clark AB, Philippines
Grissom AFB, Indiana
Phan Rang AB, Viet Nam
Edwards AFB, California
God bless America, God bless my family, and God bless my fellow brothers and sisters of GlockTalk. Sincerely, John Parker

Gary42141
04-21-2004, 22:54
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Steve in PA
04-22-2004, 00:05
Well lets see.......

I joined the USMC in Sept after highschool in 1979. After surviving boot camp at Parris Island, I went to Camp LeJeune, was an 0351 Anti-tank assaultman. But cross trained as an 0331 M-60 machinegunner and spent my last year as an 0341 60mm mortargunner.

I did three tours overseas, Med Cruises as we called them. I've been to way too many places to even begin to list. A couple of years ago I joined the PA Army National Guard for a few extra bucks during a tough period. In the USMC, especially among the grunts, it was custom to write all the ports you visited or places you've been to on your seabags. Well, for my first dril with the NG I brought all my gear in with a seabag from my days in the USMC. LOL......the bag is covered, I mean covered with all the places I've been too. Cities in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Isreal (sp?), etc, etc......I think eveyone's jaw dropped when they started reading them.

I also did 6 months in Beirut. I was there for the bombing of the US Embassy, but home and discharged when they bombed the Marine Barracks. I've got tons of pictures from my time in the Corps.

As I said I also did a couple of years in the NG as an M1 tanks crewman, driver and loader.

Chopperdog
04-22-2004, 04:54
I was in the Navy for 8 years as an Aviation Electrician's Mate. I used to work on S-3, P-3, H-60, and F/A-18 aircraft. I have been stationed at NAS North Island, CA and NAS Patuxent River, MD. Patuxent River was kinda cool. It is the Navy's air test center. Lots of flight test aircraft and prototypes. I actually stayed there for a year after I got out of the Nav and worked for Boeing on the Super Hornet flight test program.

I have been floating on USS Kitty Hawk, USS Nimitz, USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Harry S. Truman. All the cruises that I made were all Westpac, or western pacific/Indian ocean/arabian gulf cruises. Those were long. I got to visit a lot of really cool places though. I liked going to other countries and seeing how other cultures lived. I have also visited other bases in the US on detachments.

I enjoyed my time in the Nav. Sometimes I wish I was still in.

JaviFL
04-22-2004, 06:11
Four years in the Navy as a hospital corpsman (91-95). Spent some time in San Diego for boot and corps school. Then went to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL. From there I went to Camp Johnson in NC for field medical school (any other docs out there remember Sgt. Sosinsky (sp)?)
I was attached to 2nd FSSG in Camp Lejeune NC. Did a med cruise with MSSG 22. We were on board the USS Gunston Hall. Had a blast.

As other have also said, I still miss being in the service sometimes.

CRC
04-22-2004, 06:48
Hello fellow Vets,

I was with the 3rd US Infantry(TOG), first in Washington, DC at Ft. McNair (CINC Guard) and then at Ft. Myer in Arlington, VA. I was with TOG from 1986-1990. Although this is an infantry unit, TOG is the official ceremonial unit for the US Army. My main job was honoring fallen veterans as a member of a firing party, mostly at Arlington National Cemetery. I was also involved with ceremonies at the White House, Capital Building, Pentagon, other government facilities and historically significant monuments. I was involved with the inauguration of President Bush in 1988.

After being a civilian for about 6 months I was recalled to active duty in January 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm. I ended up at Ft. Lewis in Washington State from January 1991 thru March 1991. After the ground war ended, I was once again discharged.

Being involved with military funerals for most of my time in service, I have a deep respect for all of my fellow veterans serving in every capacity, modality and branch.

A sincere thank you to all who have served, fought, lived and died wearing the uniform. I appreciate you! ;?

LAWDOGKMS
04-22-2004, 07:53
US Navy - 1989 to 1999

Was an HT, (welder/fabricator/metalworker)
made it to HT1, before leaving in 1999.

USS Shenandoah (welder - worked in 11A, Shipfitter Shop)
-deployed for Desert Storm/Shield, and 2 med tours.

San Diego CA (NDT School)

USS Canopus (NDT Inspector)

USS America (NDT Inspector)
-deployed to and particpated in Bosnia/Herzegovina

Submarine Base Kings Bay (Physical Security/Police)

Any old shipmates on here...give me a PM..

RussP
04-22-2004, 08:27
I actually was considering an Air Force career when I suffered an injury that took me off flight status. Couldn't see staying in if I couldn't fly.

I served four years, 1967 - 1971 as a still photographer with stateside duty at Orlando AFB and Vandenberg AFB, numerous TDYs, and SEA.

Being a professional photgrapher when I joined, they immediately put me on an Alert Team which meant we got to go to all the fun places when anything happened. We had three teams at Orlando that rotated stand-by. When the Pueblo was captured, I was "up". I went from Orlando to Osan, Korea in 36 hours. That included an overnight in Japan. We arrived in lightweight flightsuits and flight jackets to weather that was miserably cold, wet cold. I'll never forget that "cold".
One of our teams with my buddy Woody Browder on board was up when the 7-Day war happened. The darn thing was over before his crew got to the Mediterranean. And I was lucky not to be up when the Congo Airlift started. Another buddy drew that TDY. It was miserable.

Did two tours in SEA flying right seat and back seat and as crew member with some of the bravest and best pilots and crews ever from the 56th Air Commando Wing at NKP, Thailand. http://aircommandoman.tripod.com/NakhonPhanomRTAFB/id3.html
The units included the 23rd TASS (Forward Air Control, O-2, OV-10),http://www.squawk-flash.org/23rd_tass/23rd_tass.htm 1st SOS 'Hobos'(CAS, Interdiction; A1-E) http://www.skyraider.org/skyassn/otherpics/mignard/1sos/1sos.htm , 602 SOS, 'Sandys', 'Fireflys' (SAR, CAS, Interdiction; A1-E) http://www.skyraider.org/skyassn/otherpics/mignard/602sos/602sos.htm 21st Special Operations Sq. (Stuff no one talked about, CH-3), http://aircommandoman.tripod.com/NakhonPhanomRTAFB/id11.html and Some organization where the pilots wore civies and flew unmarked planes (hmmmnnn, who was that?:cool: )
Guess I had one of the best jobs going and could have stayed on the ground a lot more when I got to SEA by working at the base newspaper.

But, after a couple of FAC missions over the Trail, I was hooked and became known as "that photographer who'll go anywhere".

After a few missions with him, one FAC pilot decided I needed to know how to fly, so he and a couple other Nails (23rd TASS call sign)taught me over the next three months in the O2-A.

I was one lucky Airman!!

This is longer than I expected, sorry... but, then, that's what this forum is here for!!!

Thanks, Patricia, Eric!

noway
04-22-2004, 08:40
8yrs 4 months USAF 1986-1994 Communications Sys Specialist

Long over seas tours served:

Yokota AB Japan
Kadena AB/Camp Foster Okinawa

state side
Scott AFB , IL

Did numerous TDYs in PCAF arena at Osan/Kunsan/Suwon AB ROK, Clark AB P.I , Ft Buckner Okiniawa, Misawa AB /Fuchu/Tachikwa Japan and Wake Isl.

Fred
04-22-2004, 10:01
this is the first time I realized we have a veteran's forum ;J

For me it was the U.S. Army, 7th Medical Group, stationed in Germany from 1966 to 1968. Originally scheduled to go to Vietnam, but my brother was already there so I was reassigned to Germany.

glockjeeper
04-22-2004, 10:08
I first joined up in the ARMY in June '92. Ft. Sill for basic and Ft. Lee for AIT. My MOS was originally 76V, Material Management Specialist (if I remember correctly), which was later combined with 76P to become 92A). Then went to Germany for two years. Was at Harvey Barracks in Kitzingen with the 3rdID. After active duty I did a 5 year hitch with an Engineer unit with the KY National Guard. Got out in '99 and then came back in '02 with those Engineers for a deployment for Operation Noble Eagle (which I'm still on) as a 91W medic, after having got my EMT license the year before.

After this I'm getting out or at least transferring to the AIR Guard. More rank to be had. There are no positions for me to advance in my current MOS, which I'm not changing, in the ARMY Guard. Any of you that have been in the National Guard or Reserve may know how that works and it can suck.

spetsnaz777
04-22-2004, 10:32
Enlisted in 1996

Stationed at Ft.Hood TX from Jan 1997 to August 2002

Deployed to Bosnia & Hersegovina three times, Hungary and Croatia.

Finished my enlistment at Ft.Myer VA.

Ravenn
04-22-2004, 10:42
Enlisted Oct. 1968, Basic at Ft.Gordon,AIT at Ft.Sill, Viet Nam Mar '69 to Mar 70,Sgt. E-5, artillery. Purple Heart (incoming fire has the Right of way!)

Roland-G23
04-22-2004, 11:26
I had always been interested in serving in the military when I was kid. I remember seeing Tora, Tora, Tora in elementary school, and watched Black Sheep Squadron on TV. I built model planes, tanks, ships, etc. I also began reading books about WWII when I was in 5th grade, like "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and others.

When I was 16, I began researching each branch, began visiting the recruiters, and took the ASVAB. I enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Entry Program in Nov. 1983.

I went to Basic and AIT at Ft. Sill, OK in Feb. 84, then to Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA in July 84, and to my permanent (and only) duty station of Ft. Bragg, NC in Aug. 84.

I was assigned to B BTRY (TAB), 26th FA (ABN), 18th FA BDE. Eventually our unit was redesignated as the 1st FAD, XVIII ABN CORPS ARTY. I was a 13R Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator. I spent a year outside of my MOS serving as the Unit Armorer after completing the Unit Armorer Course in Feb. 85. I also went to an RTO course, Field Sanitation course, Advanced Lifesaving course, and the Primary Leadership Development Course (as a SP4 in May 87). We got to go a few places, mostly off-post FTX's, went to Rhode Island for the Rhode Island Special Forces National Guard invitational parachute competition. We jumped at an airshow in Atlanta, GA (that was a lot of fun, got to see a C130 with JATOs take off). Went to Ft. Irwin, CA with the 187th INF BDE in 1987 for several weeks TDY. We had this ancient (2 of them) AN/TPS 58B ground surveillance radar system that the 187th wanted to use at the NTC against the Soviet-styled OPFOR. When I got back from TDY there, the points came down enough for me to make E5. I ETS'ed in Feb. 88 and joined the FLARNG as an 11C with the CSC 2nd BN, 124th INF. I got out in Nov. 89.

I relished serving my country, and if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't hesitate. I used the VEAP to go to college, and earn a BA, and MA in History.

gdog
04-22-2004, 17:22
New boy here. I was in the Army, MI, 73-79. Stationed in West Germany (at the time there were two of them). We helped keep an eye on the Soviets in Czechoslovakia.

DocH
04-22-2004, 17:56
I see quite a few other guys here who wore a dixie cup on their noggins! Navy here too,during Kennedy years,and the Missle Crises. Steamed in front that blasted island for 32 days watching the Russians haul missles out of there.Gunners Mate,on LST with 3" 50 cal,
rapid fire cannons, two dual gun turrets forward and one aft.Mine was Mount 31,forward,port side. Had an fire control technician from Tennesee. Never failed to get the most direct hits on sled and drone shoots of any of the gunners,thanks to him.
I was hanging over the side of my gun tub in a boatswain chair painting the cross anchors on my gun tub the day Pres. Kennedy was shot.
A guy from Ohio named Wright leaned over and yelled my name and said,"Some flake just put the hurt on Kennedy." The rest is history

RussP
04-22-2004, 19:54
Originally posted by DocH
I see quite a few other guys here who wore a dixie cup on their noggins! Navy here too,during Kennedy years,and the Missle Crises. Steamed in front that blasted island for 32 days watching the Russians haul missles out of there...
I was hanging over the side of my gun tub in a boatswain chair painting the cross anchors on my gun tub the day Pres. Kennedy was shot.
A guy from Ohio named Wright leaned over and yelled my name and said,"Some flake just put the hurt on Kennedy." The rest is history DocH, when you enlisted, how old did you say you were? ;f

When you were patrolling those waters, I was a junior in high school. One day in the middle of that, our French teacher, Mr. Cowherd, came into class and said, "We have fired on the island of Cuba. We are at war."

Girls and guys started crying, someone said, 'I want to go home.'"

After a few moments, he said, "What I just said is not true. I want you now to write down in French how you felt, your emotions."

We did. And some of us also wrote how we felt about him lying to us.

Everyone received an "A".

At the time my two closest cousins had been called to active duty from the Air Force Reserve and the Navy Reserve. They were the first ones I thought about and wrote about.

Thanks for being out there then ;?

And Kennedy, I've always wondered how different Vietnam might have been without Johnson (;l ;t )

cowboywannabe
04-22-2004, 20:06
Bosn'mate officially, had to pull duty as a gunners mate and a quarter master when the billets were open and no one to fill them.

2 years aboard a ship, 3 years SaR.....

great lakes, caribbean and gulf war I.

ejerman
04-22-2004, 20:06
4 years in the Marine Corps as 3531 (Motor T). Started at P.I. and stationed at Camp Lejeune, then attached to MSSG 26 for 2 Med. floats. Like Steve said, been to more foreign cities/ countries than I can recall. The highlight for me was leaving for the second float right after 9/11 and then getting to go into Afghanistan for a couple of months. Was a good time, but it wasn't for me. Got promoted to Lance Corporal TWICE ;) and decided to call it quits.
Eric

cliffb
04-22-2004, 22:05
USN 1971 to 1992.
Boot camp in San Diego when I was 17 years old. Turned 18 while in Millington, TN going to ADJ-A school. Turned 19 in Tonkin Gulf on the USS Enterprise. Being a teenager in Olongapo in 1972 was a real experience.
Retired in 1992 as an AT Chief out of the Hornet RAG (VFA-125) in Lemoore. In those years I floated on the Big E, Connie, Ranger and the FID. Been a lot of places and seen things that most people can only imagine.
It was a great time and I would do it again if I could. Heck, after 9-11 I was real tempted to see if the Navy needed a 48 year old Hornet or Prowler Maintenance Chief.

DocH
04-23-2004, 02:57
Hey,I"ve been aboard that Enterprise At that time it was the first,and only nukey poo carrier in the fleet.Been on the Hornet too,had buddies that were on them.
Also had a chance to go aboard the Nautilus,up at the sub base in Groton,CT. It was there for some welding work or something.

It was the first sub to sail under the polar ice cap.
Man, you're ringing too many bells for me here!

AK_Stick
04-23-2004, 03:25
Army, Guard, April 9th 2003-present Alaska, Anchorage

ajw8875
04-23-2004, 05:56
Navy here. Great Mistakes from Dec 1994-Apr 1995. Then onto the Nimitz as an ABE (catapults and arresting gear) from Apr 1995-Aug 1997. I finished out my enlistment LIMDU (knee operation) on PSNS in Bremerton. I busted my butt in physical therapy so I wouldn't leave with a medical and I succeded!

xrmattaz
04-23-2004, 08:05
:) Navy here, as well. 1980-86.

Hospital Corpsman 8483/8404. O.R. Tech and FMF.

San Diego boot camp and Seaman Apprentice school.

8 glorious months on the USS Samuel Gompers, First Deck division chippin' paint waiting for Corp School..

San Diego Hospital Corp school.

18 months Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, first year in ICU then on to 6 months Operating Room Technician schooling.

Orders to Pendleton for FMF! On to Okinawa (Hansen) with the 3rd FSSG. 6 months in Korea...back to Hansen...3 more in Korea.

On to my last two years aboard the USS Prairie in Long Beach.

Made HM1 just before my release.

Back home to Arizona!

My heartfelt thanks to all who served and are currently!

Semper Fi

(attempted a reenlistment in about 1988..."don't need any HM's"..."ya wanna be a Hull Technician"?? Sorry, no. No offense, HT's!)

AlphaTea
04-23-2004, 10:38
I was an Air Force brat who later joined the USN:
Born Shaw AFB '56
Ramey AFB (Puerto Rico)
DC Pentagon (VA)
Maxwell AFB (AL)
Zwiebrucken AFB (W Germany)
Rhine Main AFB (W Germany)
Goodfellow AFB (TX)
Clark AFB (PI)
Elmendorf AFB (AK)
FT Benning (GA) (father retired)

Joined USN in '80
Orlando RTC (boot camp)
Great Lakes (A school)
Orlando (Nuc power school)
Balston Spa NY (Prototype training)
USS Eisenhower CVN-69 (Norfolk VA)
Groton CT (more school)
Balston Spa NY (more school)
Got out Oct 28, 1988 and I celebrate that day every year

4TS&W
04-23-2004, 11:05
As a civ dep... Heidelburg, Panama, and areas all around those..

USAF: Lackland, Keisler, Vance... never left AETC.. :(

Gunboat1
04-23-2004, 11:59
Commissioned as an Ensign in 1982, NROTC Auburn University. As a Midshipman 1978-1982, made cruises aboard USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL SSBN-654 (64-day SSBN deterrent patrol, Rota Spain to Holy Loch, Scotland) and USS MCINERNEY FFG-8 (WestLant, LAMPS MK-III trials.)

USS GRIDLEY (CG-21) 1982-1985. NTDS/Commo/A-Div officer. Baseline overhaul in Long Beach Naval Shipyard, REFTRA, pre-deployment workups, RIMPAC and WESTPAC/IO deployment as Air Defense Coordinator for the USS CARL VINSON battle group. SWO qualified and stood watches as FWC/SWC. Battle "E" winner.

COMSERVGRU TWO. 1985-1986 Flag Lieutenant/Aide. What an education, serving a tough but excellent Admiral, RADM. M.E. Toole.

USS MAHLON S. TISDALE (FFG-27) 1987-1988. Ops officer, Navigator, Tactical Action Officer. Persian Gulf deployment, Operation Earnest Will (tanker escort.) Transitioned MST to the Naval Reserve Force, REFTRA and numerous EASTPAC ops.

USS TAURUS (PHM-3) 1988-1990. Executive Officer, Navigator. Shipyard overhaul, REFTRA, considerable time spent in counter-narcotics patrols throughout the Caribbean, earned USCG MUC for at-sea rescue of the crew of a crashed USCS helicopter at night in bad weather. Battle "E" winner.

Left active duty in 1990, and was happy to go! Couldn't stand the PC direction the Navy was going post-Tailhook. Discovered that serving under a psychotic CO was no fun :(

SELRES 1990-2003.

SPECIAL BOAT UNIT 20, Det 306. Acting Commanding Officer 1991 during Gulf War I. Not reactivated. Qualified as Officer-In-Charge, Combatant Craft aboard Sea Spectre PB Mk-III's and 23-foot RHIB's. After 1992, went through a few other shore-based reserve units, and ultimately IRR. Retired last year as LCDR.

insightAZ
04-23-2004, 12:57
United States Air Force 1995-1999

HVAC Tech/Prime Base Emergency Engineering Force/Security Forces Aug.

Lackland AFB, TX
Shepherd AFB, TX
Holloman AFB, NM (Home of the F-117 stealth fighter)

TDY's in Saudi and other undisclosed locations.;)

I thank you all for your service.

GLockCowboy
04-23-2004, 13:28
Originally posted by Gunboat1
Left active duty in 1990, and was happy to go! Couldn't stand the PC direction the Navy was going post-Tailhook. Discovered that serving under a psychotic CO was no fun :(
If I recall correctly, the tailhook incident happened in September 1991 and you left active duty in 1990. ;g

pt945
04-23-2004, 18:54
sept1990-dec 1990 ft sill oklahoma 13b basic training
jan 1991-feb 1992 korea
feb 1992-jun 1992 ft knox
jun 1992-aug 1992 canada
aug 1992-jan 1994 ft knox

apr 2001-may 2003 natl guard murfreesboro tn

;Y to my brothers in arms

dad11345
04-23-2004, 20:38
I volunteered to go to Viet Nam after I came home on emergency leave from the army for my Cousin`s funeral who was killed there. Republic of Vietnam April 1 1968 to Aug 1969. I liked it so well I extended. God bless our armed forces in harms way and may god confort there familys untill they return home safely to them. GOD BLESS AMERICA

CarlosDJackal
04-23-2004, 21:53
Mar 1984 - Jun 1984: One Station Unit Training (OSUT - aka: Infantry Basic) D-8-2, Fort Benning, GA.
Jun 1984 - Jul 1984: Basic Airborne Course, 43rd Company (Sky Strike), Fort Benning, GA.
Jul 1984 - Aug 1984: 18th Replacement Detachment (awaiting assignment after I was rejected by the 3rd Ranger BN because I was not yet a US Citizen), Fort Benning, GA.
Aug 1984 - Dec 1985: CSC then HHC, 2/69th Armor, 19th Inf Bde(S)(M), Fort Benning, GA.
Dec 1985 - Jul 1986: Co. C (ABN), 4th/327th Infantry, 172nd Inf Bde(S), Fort Richardson, AK.
Jul 1986 - Mar 1988: Co. C (ABN), 1/17th Infantry, 6th ID(L), Fort Richardson, AK.
Mar 1988 - Mar 1989: HSC, 1/224th Aviation (Attack Helicopters), MD-ARNG, Belair, MD.
Mar 1989 - Jun 1990: OCS Class 31, MD Military Academy, Reisterstown, MD.
Jun 1990 - Nov 1991: HHC, 1/224th Aviation (Attack Helicopters), MD-ARNG, APG-EA, Edgewood, MD.
Nov 1991 - Nov 1992: AOBC Phase I, IERW, AOBC Phase II, Fort Rucker, AL.
Nov 1992 - Apr 1995: Co. C, 1/224th Aviation (Attack Helicopters), MD-ARNG, APG-EA, Edgewood, MD.
Apr 1995 - Aug 1996: Trp. B, 1/158th Cavalry (Recon), MD-ARNG, APG-EA, Edgewood, MD.
Aug 1996 - Nov 2003: ING, MD-ARNG
Nov 2003 - present: IRR.

Gunboat1
04-23-2004, 21:57
Originally posted by GLockCowboy
If I recall correctly, the tailhook incident happened in September 1991 and you left active duty in 1990. ;g

Yeah, I guess you are right about the chronology. The whole "women in ships" fiasco was in full swing, though, and the Navy was getting so PC I couldn't stand it. Tailhook just made it worse. I just remember feeling like politics was more important than combat readiness, and admin was more important than training.

GLockCowboy
04-23-2004, 22:59
Originally posted by Gunboat1
Yeah, I guess you are right about the chronology. The whole "women in ships" fiasco was in full swing, though, and the Navy was getting so PC I couldn't stand it. Sounds like you were in the "wrong" Navy. If you didn't like "women in ship's" you should have joined us in the Submarine community. BTW, what's wrong with "women in ships" that made you call it a fiasco? Or maybe you just don't like "women" in general...LOL ;f

rhikdavis
04-24-2004, 00:25
Read all about it here. (http://s95018434.onlinehome.us/USN_Introx.html)

;f

Chopperdog
04-24-2004, 05:55
Originally posted by GLockCowboy
BTW, what's wrong with "women in ships" that made you call it a fiasco?

I was in a squadron with women, and did a cruise on a carrier with a 10% woman crew. I had absolutely nothing against the women at all. The Navy, however became WAY too politically correct when that happened though.

Walt408
04-24-2004, 07:14
Army Security Agency, 98C30, (traffic analyst) February 1968 - November 1971.

Feb 68 - May 68: Ft. Dix, NJ; basic training
May 68 - Dec 68: Ft. Devens, Mass.; wait for security clearance and traffic analyst school
Dec 68 - May 71: Karamursel AFB, Turkey; Traffic analyst
Jun 71 - Nov 71: Vint Hill Farms, VA; traffic analyst and counting the days...

Gunboat1
04-24-2004, 07:31
Originally posted by Chopperdog
I was in a squadron with women, and did a cruise on a carrier with a 10% woman crew. I had absolutely nothing against the women at all. The Navy, however became WAY too politically correct when that happened though.

Actually, when I joined and when I left, women were not yet assigned to "greyhounds" and that was fine with me, because that's where I did all my sea time. I knew several competent females who were good at their jobs ashore. The problems came when they went to sea with men; I'm not talking about lessened damage control ability because they had less strength than the men (although that is a reality - DC is a brutally physical business.) I'm talking about the endemic sexual activity on board, competition for their attention, resentment of those so favored by those not so lucky, favoritism in work duty assignments (heavy lifting, dirty jobs), actual organized prostitution, and the ever-present distraction of the proximity of women when you were at sea and, shall we say, "having a dry spell". Heavy PC pressure to avoid bad language, pinup calendars, risque movies or anything that might remotely be construed as sexual harassment. Drastically watered down CPO and Crossing the Equator ceremonies (very old traditions) lest any females be offended. Having them aboard did NOTHING to help forge an effective combat unit, and did a great deal to undermine unit cohesiveness. Fortunately, none of my ships had to deal with it during my tenure. My Flag Lt. tour, however, was instructive, as my staff owned many logistics ships that had females in their crews. Ask the Captains about it, and you got glowing reports of how wonderful things were. Ask the XOs in confidence, and you got to hear the real skinny.

All the drivel about professionalism, and how adults will perform to standard as expected? USS CAPE COD deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1987 to repair USS STARK's missile damage. First major deployment of an integrated crew to a "shooting war" zone - how did it work out?
As I recall the reports, twenty percent of the female contingent returned home early from that deployment due to pregnancy. The Navy kept that one quiet! So much for professionalism. A lot of male sailors had to pick up the watches and work for those women in their unplanned absence.

In reading boards like this, and talking to sailors, I have found that most junior enlisted sailors didn't mind having women aboard; they got to compete for the womens' attention, and didn't have the responsibility for forging a fighting crew. Most CPOs and officers saw it very differently, as they did bear that responsibility, and had to deal with the negative effects described above. Just one man's opinion, but I think the experiment failed. We are really lucky that we haven't faced a credible naval opponent in a real sea fight since WWII, 'cause the fleet ain't what it used to be in terms of real physical combat readiness.

Unfortunately, the thing I resented the most was the total pressure from the USN senior establishment - there would be NO and I mean NO dissent, absolutely no criticism of the program. If you had negative issues to bring to light, you kept them to yourself or committed career suicide. Only positive reports were allowed. So, the story the congress and the public has been told is, everything is just peachy with integrated crews. I punched out.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread. You asked!

Gunboat1
04-24-2004, 07:34
Originally posted by GLockCowboy
Sounds like you were in the "wrong" Navy. If you didn't like "women in ship's" you should have joined us in the Submarine community. BTW, what's wrong with "women in ships" that made you call it a fiasco? Or maybe you just don't like "women" in general...LOL ;f

I had been to sea on a sub, and loved it. I just wasn't smart enough for Nuclear Power School! :)

I am many things....but I am not THAT! Trust me, I like women a whoooooooooole lot! Just not mucking up my efforts to build a combat-ready ship and crew.

EUPHER49
04-24-2004, 09:12
USN Dec '67 - Dec '73 ETR2(SS)

San Diego RTC Co 716
BE/E School San D
ET "A" School Treasure Is. Ca.
USS Lexington CVT-16 Pensacola OE div
Submarine School Groton CT
Nuke School, Bainbridge Md/ West Milton NY
USS Woodrow Wilson SSBN-624 RC Div 5 deterrent patrols
USS Tautog SSN-639 RC Div
Separated at Treasure Is., CA


There ya go....

deutscheglocker
04-24-2004, 10:03
USAF 69 - 72 Precision Measuring Equipment Specialist

Lackland Basic
Lowry AFB Colorado Electronics training 48 weeks ( this was good duty)
Langley Virginia
Shaw South Carolina
England AFB Louisiana (TDY ) 6 weeks
DaNang Airfield RVN
Ubon Airfield Thailand

All told 3yr 6 mo 18 days ( can't fathom why I remember this )

Calibrated test eqiupment in general and test equipment specific to the weapons release systems on F-4's in Nam.

Thanks to all who are serving and who have served

DG

RussP
04-24-2004, 10:07
Originally posted by deutscheglocker
...All told 3yr 6 mo 18 days ( can't fathom why I remember this )
... Same reason I remember 4 yrs 4 days and 3 hours;f

deutscheglocker
04-24-2004, 10:12
Yeah, I can't remember what I had for breakfast sometimes and names of guys I worked with escapes me but that number is always there.

DG

Walt408
04-24-2004, 10:36
Originally posted by RussP
Same reason I remember 4 yrs 4 days and 3 hours;f

3 years 8 months 28 days ..... who was counting?

BADSBSNF81
04-24-2004, 12:09
Will hit 24 yrs commissioned service with the Army this summer. 15 of it on active duty.

Field Artillery 2LT 1980
Federal Republic of Germany - 80-84 - A 1/81 FA (Pershing 1A)
Ft. Sill - 84-88 - 4/4 FA (8"), 3/9 FA (Pershing II), INF Treaty Branch
DLI 89 - Greek
Greece - 90-91 19th USAFAD
CONUS - 91-92 Full Time Support to a Army Reserve Command (102nd)
CONUS 92 - 04 USAR. Currently on alert for deployment.
CONUS 04-06 - ONE

joebalama
04-24-2004, 17:14
1981..Great Lakes, Millington, NAS Genview
1982-1983.. Drilled in Peoria Il., Plank Road then went active duty...
1983-1987, VC-13(Before it turned into VFC-13) A-4 Skyhawks
1987-1994, VR-59, C-9's
1994-2000, Military Police, NAS Ft. Worth TX.
2000-2003, VR-59, C-9B's, and the new C-40's

And get this.....Uncle Sam cuts me a check every month til the day I die.

Joe

Chopperdog
04-25-2004, 08:38
Originally posted by ajw8875
Navy here. Great Mistakes from Dec 1994-Apr 1995. Then onto the Nimitz as an ABE (catapults and arresting gear) from Apr 1995-Aug 1997. I finished out my enlistment LIMDU (knee operation) on PSNS in Bremerton. I busted my butt in physical therapy so I wouldn't leave with a medical and I succeded!

I was on the Nimitz during that time. I was in VS-33 - the Screwbirds. Did you make that cruise? Thailand was nice!

Hunterjbb
04-25-2004, 17:11
STANBY ! SHOOT ! Torpedo in the water !

Let's see.. USN Boot camp Great lakes summer of 1977.. left for there after being out of high school for a month.. 24 hour train ride to GL.. hated every minute of it. Was over a 100 deg. during the day the first week i was there in July..

Elvis died while i was at boot camp, some guys cried some cheered..

After that it was onto New London Ct. for school.. 2 years of that lead to the USS Frank Cable AS-40 got on the pre comissioning crew and went down to Norfolk for a while then onto Seattle WA to pick up the ship.. left there December 1st.. Puget sound during a storm during december is not fun.. especially with only 1 qualified helmsan aboard.. wasn't me.. Learned then i would probably never get sea sick.. :)

Spent an eventful two years on the Cable and then went to the USS Bremerton SSN 698 for the last two years.

Spent a lot of time at sea on the Bremerton, and yes Olongapo to a Teenager is well; hard to describe.

Enjoyed my time in, but when re-up time came well the Navy was not much interested in anything but me staying at sea.. I had enough of that at the time though and got out..

FTG1(SS).. Had taken the chiefs test and passed..

Yes i thought about being able to go back in after 9-11.. but they don't take middle age folks.. My sons in the Army now and just returned from Iraq in March..And my Nephew leaves for bootcamp this summer.

Most of my Family, all of my uncles were ex military, Dad was a Marine, one was Army air corp and bombed Berlin during WWII, others were Army and Air Force, map makers. My brother is a retired Army Major.

my hats off to anyone who had or is now a member of the armed services..

Jeff.

xtrik8ifc
04-25-2004, 17:46
U.S. Army 1991 - 1996
19K10 Armored Crewman (aka CDAT)
Ft Knox Ky
Ft Hood Tx Dco 3/32 armor later reflagged Dco 1/12 CAV 1st CAV DIV (First Team)
3 months Kuwait (Operation Intrinsic Action/Northern Watch)you know back when we new Saddam had WMD (when he gased his own people)How soon people forget when it searves their own political intrests
Ft Benning Ga HQ co 2/69 armor 29thID later reflagged 3rd ID
3 year WVNG as MP
Loved every minute of active duty got out to get Hung,I mean married She had a kid already and jumping from post to post is know life for a kid
would have loved to go back in after 9/11 but served by joining my local VFD and still serving today. "God Bless The United States."

jeremy54b
04-25-2004, 18:05
Enlisted U.S. Army Nov-1997

Trained as Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Specialist at Ft. McClellan AL until Apr 1998 ( I think;))

Republic of Korea Apr 1998-Apr 2000, TDY to JSA infantry augmentation for approx. 3 months, then 1-15 FA on Camp Casey for duration.

National Training Center, Ft. Irwin CA as OPFOR member Apr 2000-Nov 2001 (GOOD TIMES:))

Central Texan
04-25-2004, 19:31
I'm not a vet yet (currently enlisted) but I hope yall dont mind if I chime in.
I did BCT at Ft Benning, Ga (C 1/38 Inf) from 30 April 03 to 10 June 03.
Then AIT at Ft Jackson, SC (B 187 Ord) from 11 June 03 to 23 Sept 03
Currently stationed at Ft Hood, Tx. (HHC 7/158 Avn)

Looking forward to a long stay with the military and as many tours as they'll give me. Still waiting for my chance to deploy.



My Dad did his basic at some Ft in Calicornia that isnt around anymore. I'm not sure of the name of it. I dont know where he did AIT either. But I do know that he was with the 1st Armored Div in Germany during Vietnam.

RussP
04-25-2004, 19:49
Originally posted by Central Texan
I'm not a vet yet (currently enlisted) but I hope yall dont mind if I chime in. ;F You were invited, remember!!

Have fun!! ;f

DaddyDett
04-25-2004, 19:53
I enlisted in the AF in Jan, 1975, at age 17.
Lackland AFB basic
Sheppard AFP TX, Medical Fundamentals, 90110
Radiology Specialist 90310
USAF Academy Hosp. Radiology Specialist Phase II, 90330
AF Clinic Peterson Field Colo. Radiology Specialist Phase III 90350
USAF Hosp Lakenheath Radiology Specialist
Seperated late 1979.

Russ P, I was a dependant at Vandenberg, 1970-1972.

truckstop cop
04-25-2004, 20:20
BOOT CAMP- GREAT LAKES ILL.
EN "A" SCHOOL
CINCPACFLT BOATHOUSE-PEARL HARBOR HAWAII
USS RECLAIMER (ARS 42)-HAWAII (2 WES-PACS)
SPECIAL BOAT UNIT TWELVE-CORONADO CA.
TAD TO SEAL TEAM ONE (ALPHA PLATOON) WES-PAC ONBOARD USS ANCHORAGE
LIMDU-TPU SAN DIEGO
NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CENTER-CORONADO CA.
ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT ONE-CORONADO CA.
MILITARY POLICE-NAS CORPUS CHRISTI TX.
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)--NORFOLK VA.

SEVERAL OTHER SCHOOLS AND SHORT DEPLOYMENTS,ALSO BEEN TO 37 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES. NOW I GET A CHECK EVERY MONTH AND AM PERMANENTLY STATIONED AT USS BACKYARD...

I WOULD NOT TRADE THE EXPERIENCES OR TRAVEL FOR NOTHIN!!!!!!!

Jeff82
04-25-2004, 20:54
11X, '82, OSUT, B/7/1 ITB, FT Benning, GA
'82, Jump School, 43rd Co. (ABN), FT Benning, GA
11B, '82-'85, B/1 (ABN)/325 Inf, 82nd ABN Div, FT Bragg, NC
Sinai/Egypt/Israel, Feb-Aug '84, MFO
ETS
45B, '90-'93, B/Spt Bn/Spt Bde/108th Div (IT), USAR, FT Jackson, SC
Back Active, (intend to retire)
13M, '93-'94, B/2/80th FA, USAFATC, FT Sill, OK
68J, '94, D/1/222 Avn Rgt, FT Eustis, VA
68JW5 ASI, '95, G/765/8 Trans Bde., FT Eustis, VA
'95, AST/3/4 Cav/3rd ID, CATB, FT Hood, TX
'95-'96, F/3/4 Cav/3rd ID, Schweinfurt, Germany
'96-'99, F/1/4 Cav/1st ID, Schweinfurt, Germany
Hungary/Croatia/Bosnia-Herzagovina, Dec '95-Nov '96, IFOR
Hungary/Bosnia, Jun-Aug '97, SFOR (support Specop mission)
Instructor/writer, '99-'02, AAD/DAHT/USAALS, FT Eustis, VA
ETS, (So sick of it all, "PC", other social engineering, senior leadership only looking out for itself, not willing to die as someone else's political pawn, military being used extra-Constitutionaly more and more, won't make it to active retirement without going to Leavenworth first. Decision to ETS made in '99 before "War on Terror", which I support.)
'02-present, ROTC Instructor, 8th Bde (SROTC)/80th Div (IT), USAR, Charlottesville, VA

Looking to get that 20 year letter and I'm gone (from all things military)!

Note: MOS code changes, 68JW5 became 68S. 68S is now 15J, I understand.

RussP
04-26-2004, 07:52
Originally posted by DaddyDett
I enlisted in the AF in Jan, 1975, at age 17.
Lackland AFB basic
Sheppard AFP TX, Medical Fundamentals, 90110
Radiology Specialist 90310
USAF Academy Hosp. Radiology Specialist Phase II, 90330
AF Clinic Peterson Field Colo. Radiology Specialist Phase III 90350
USAF Hosp Lakenheath Radiology Specialist
Seperated late 1979.

Russ P, I was a dependant at Vandenberg, 1970-1972. Does the medical field run in your family?

I spent some time in the Base Hospital there after I broke both my elbows Memorial Day Weekend of 1970 and then after elbow surgery in December 1970.

Santa Maria and Lompoc as a teenager ;Q ;g . I was 24 and found life very boring there. How'd you like it?

redwinger
04-26-2004, 20:47
HC-6 Executive transport at NAS Norfolk Va. 4 years.Basicly we transported admirals to and from washington and the Naval air station.These were retired presidentual H3-A,G ,H .We had 5 when i was stationed their in fall of 76 threw december of 79 .we lost one to fire,no loss of life.
this sounds kinda glamourous but it was a borring job maintaining and beleive it or not waxing these green babys to a magnificent glow.
we deployed to the south atlantic in febuary of 78 threw april off the coast of africa.Jimmy Carter the presidedent at the time was touring the western coostal countries of africa,hence our being there in case it was neccesary to evac or med evac.the pres and or any americans.this was before the debocal at DESERT ONE and confidance in our ability to be a military presence was high even though it was in a post viet nam and the armed sevices were looked down on.nothing like today thank god for that.
our 2 SIKORSKY H3 DELTAS WERE ATTATCHED TO THE USS INCHON LPH 12 with 12 hundred marines a spruance class destroyer and the fast frigget VALDEESE.
We were certainly projecting power in that part of the world.remember this was cold was yars.the soviet union was to be reconed with!

rlbgfish173
04-27-2004, 10:09
After reading all these posts I feel I should be looking for the OLD Vets Forum,
Jan. 1967-in U S Army
Basic - FT. BRAGG
AIT - FT. GORDON
Jump School - FT. BENNING
101st Airborne - FT. CAMPBELL
173rd Airborne Viet Nam Infantry Nov 67 - Nov 68
82nd Airborne - FT. BRAGG
3 years and that was Enough.

cannoncocker
04-27-2004, 14:52
Marine corps here 1970-1973 o811 field artillery batteryman!
charlie battery 1/11 also b2/10 got out E5 sgt.
semper fi
rod

J. Parker
04-27-2004, 21:35
rlbgfish173,
Ah, don't feel so bad.......I served from '67-74. Old guys are like fine wine..............;f

04-27-2004, 22:30
Wow, there are a bunch of squids here, including me.

U.S Navy 1982 -1991

NAS Whidbey Island
NAS Key West (someone had to do it;f )
NAS Penascola

And a few others, while I was in the training command.

DaddyDett
04-27-2004, 23:05
Originally posted by RussP
Does the medical field run in your family?

I spent some time in the Base Hospital there after I broke both my elbows Memorial Day Weekend of 1970 and then after elbow surgery in December 1970.

Santa Maria and Lompoc as a teenager ;Q ;g . I was 24 and found life very boring there. How'd you like it?


Yes, it does. My father was the Hospital Commander when we were there.
Town was a drag for us. We rode dirt bikes and raced motocross at the Santa Maria Spillway.

RussP
04-28-2004, 06:48
Originally posted by DaddyDett
Yes, it does. My father was the Hospital Commander when we were there.
Town was a drag for us. We rode dirt bikes and raced motocross at the Santa Maria Spillway. Were you there all of 1970? If you were there in October of '70, then I met your father, actually I photographed him.

Small world...

DaddyDett
04-28-2004, 17:33
Russ,
We arrived at Vandenberg in late June or early July of '70.
So, likely, you did photograph him.
My brother, myself, Dad and several other neighborhood riders had our picture taken for the base paper in spring of 71 as well.
DaddyDett

Glock21Owner
04-28-2004, 20:30
USAF from 3/82 to 12/92. I was a radar/weapons control systems technician on the F-4E and F-4G aircraft with tours at George AFB (twice), Ramstein AB, Taegu AB, and Spangdahlem AB. Did seven months in the Persian Gulf for Desert Shield/Storm and Provide Comfort.

bfg1971
04-28-2004, 20:41
Joined the Navy in Dec 94 just after Christmas headed to Great Lakes. Went to Orlando for nuke school then to Charleston SC for prototype. Orlando is gone now and nuke school graduation rates are up, go figure.

Served on:
NR-1 support crew 96-97
USS Boston SSN 703 97-99 decom crew
USS Pasadena SSN 752 99-01
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard 02-03
USS Tennesse SSBN 734 Gold crew from now until eternity, at least my PRD seems like an eternity away.

JoeG19
04-29-2004, 18:33
Quit school as 2nd semester senior on the 4.5 year plan (draft was blowing through my room), and joined the USMC June 1957. Finished PISC, stationed at CLNC and made general cruises. Spent so much time aboard ship I thought I was in the Navy. LST Lorraine County, APA-44 Filthy Freddie Freemont.

Got out and finished school and went back in through OCC @ Quantico in March 1961. Was plt ldr in 2nd ATs (Ontos), then got regular commission with orders to Camp Pendleton, CA, Nov 1964. Joined 2ndBn 1st Marines, 1stMarDiv there. Entire battalion transplaced to Camp Schwab, Okinawa in Jan. 1965. Re-designated 3rdBn 3rd Marines. I was xo Mike Company till May 1965. My battalion sailed for Chu Lai, Vietnam on May 10 and almost immediately entered Operation Starlight.

I was detached from the Bn. prior to their leaving and assigned to the U.S. Army Hospital at Kue, Okinawa to set up a 3 man office there to handle the administrative duties relating to the wounded marines that were going to be flown direct from Da Nang Field Hospital to Kadena AFB on Oki. My NCOIC was a Navy Chief P.O. named Hank Walgren. Chief Walgren had made the initial landing on Oki during WWII as a corpsman. Tough as nails. My second man was a L/Cpl Spurlock, who was H--- on Wheels. Could do anything and many things needed to be done.

Most of our casualties were amputees from AP mines and in their late teens or very early 20s. The hospital staff never lost a man. God bless those Drs and nurses and those marines and corpsmen who passed through on their way home.

I got out in Sept. 1966 to enter LE. Total time a little over 9 yrs. - ole joe :cool:

DocH
04-29-2004, 20:05
[QUOTE]Originally posted by JoeG19
[B]Quit school as 2nd semester senior on the 4.5 year plan (draft was blowing through my room), and joined the USMC June 1957. Finished PISC, stationed at CLNC and made general cruises. Spent so much time aboard ship I thought I was in the Navy. LST Lorraine County, APA-44 Filthy Freddie Freemont.

Got out and finished school and went back in through OCC @ Quantico in March 1961. Was plt ldr in 2nd ATs (Ontos), then got regular commission with orders to Camp Pendleton, CA, Nov 1964. Joined 2ndBn 1st Marines, 1stMarDiv there. Entire battalion transplaced to Camp Schwab, Okinawa in Jan. 1965. Re-designated 3rdBn 3rd Marines. I was xo Mike Company till May 1965. My battalion sailed for Chu Lai, Vietnam on May 10 and almost immediately entered Operation Starlight.

I was detached from the Bn. prior to their leaving and assigned to the U.S. Army Hospital at Kue, Okinawa to set up a 3 man office there to handle the administrative duties relating to the wounded marines that were going to be flown direct from Da Nang Field Hospital to Kadena AFB on Oki. My NCOIC was a Navy Chief P.O. named Hank Walgren. Chief Walgren had made the initial landing on Oki during WWII as a corpsman. Tough as nails. My s

DocH
04-29-2004, 20:17
Originally posted by DocH
JoeG19,when were you on that rockin',rollin LST?
The USS Lorraine County was my boat! I rode that baby on the Cuban Blockade,watching the Ruskies haul those missles out.
I was a gunners mate,E3 then,made E4 later. The Woods County (1178) was our sister ship.The Lorraine County was LST 1177.
My gun mount,mount 31,forward,port side,was the one that stayed manned and ready 24-7 then,as they were passing us port to port. We had 500 combat ready Marines on board,along with jeeps,amtracks,and all that other eqipment. Were you on her then?
Small world.

noway
04-30-2004, 07:59
Can a "squid" tell a "wingnut" just how do you get mail aboard a sub?

I asked 2 navy personnel that before that where station on ships and land and they had no clue. So if you serve on a sub and deployed 2-6 months out of the year how do get/send mail?

GLockCowboy
04-30-2004, 08:16
Originally posted by noway
Can a "squid" tell a "wingnut" just how do you get mail aboard a sub?

I asked 2 navy personnel that before that where station on ships and land and they had no clue. So if you serve on a sub and deployed 2-6 months out of the year how do get/send mail? There are secret "mail buoys" in the middle of the ocean where they place our mail. At certain random hours, we snag that buoy to retrieve our incoming mail and at the same time, place our outgoing mail there. ;z
Seriously, we only receive/send our mail when we pull in port, mail follow us wherever we go during deployment. Familygrams are different story.

noway
04-30-2004, 09:50
Aye aye Captian, the mail-bouy is located at bearing 200 . Full speed ahead.


{There are secret "mail buoys" in the middle of the ocean where they place our mail. At certain random hours, we snag that buoy to retrieve our incoming mail and at the same time, place our outgoing mail there.}

thanks.

xrmattaz
04-30-2004, 13:43
I spent many hours on "mail buoy watch" during my first shipboard excursions. Damn.

Standing out there during some of the most incredible storms I had ever seen, wearing a tethered life jacket, with a sound-powered phone hooked up and a big ol' long boatswains hook. Just looking for that mail bag fifty feet down below the bow. With all them SOB's up there on the bridge laughin' away at me! Never understood how I was supposed to grab it with that ?? 10ft.?? long hook.

The "sea bat" story messed me up a bit, as well....

I'm NOT bitter.....can you relate??







Originally posted by noway
Aye aye Captian, the mail-bouy is located at bearing 200 . Full speed ahead.


{There are secret "mail buoys" in the middle of the ocean where they place our mail. At certain random hours, we snag that buoy to retrieve our incoming mail and at the same time, place our outgoing mail there.}

thanks. ;l

shrpnl
04-30-2004, 14:19
U.S. Army here. I did basic at Ft. Sill OK, '92 and AIT at Ft. Bliss Tx, I was an Avenger crewmember(14S) Air Defense. I was stationed on the DMZ in Korea from 93 to 94 then sent to Fort Joke LA. TDY'd to get my jump wings and I got out in 96 and don't regret a minute of my service.

AIRBORNE!!!!!

jessebo
05-01-2004, 15:06
spent 4 years as a security policeman from 1985-1989. well, the first few months was training at lackland AFB, and air base ground defense at Camp Bullis. the next year was at Kunsan AB, Korea, and the remainder was in SAC at Fairchild AFB in washington.

leadbutt
05-02-2004, 02:55
4th INF Div., Company E 58 INF LRP, Comp K-75 Rangers 68-72

JoeG19
05-04-2004, 06:49
Originally posted by DocH
JoeG19,when were you on that rockin',rollin LST?
The USS Lorraine County was my boat! I rode that baby on the Cuban Blockade,watching the Ruskies haul those missles out.

DocH: During the Cuban Crisis I was aboard the USS Ashland (LSD-1 - another prize! 1942 vintage) in the Med with 1stBn 8th Marines. We got delayed there as our relieving battalion was diverted to Cuba. Had several EXTRA liberty ports including Barcelona and Genoa. We felt bad about the folks floating around Cuba, but that is the price we had to pay. ;)

Did you come to the Med right after Cuba? Maybe you relieved us.

I had to have been on the Lorraine County early as a brown bar probably spring '62, on a Vieques Cruise. U aboard then? - very 'ole joe :cool:

JoeG19
05-04-2004, 07:01
[QUOTE]Originally posted by GLockCowboy
[B]There are secret "mail buoys" in the middle of the ocean where they place our mail. At certain random hours, we snag that buoy to retrieve our incoming mail and at the same time, place our outgoing mail there. ;z

Took the words right out of my mouth! I had to ask one day what the guys were doing standing on the bow of our ship and was told that they were on the 'mail buoy' watch. Had I not heard earlier that our mail came when we entered port I would have watched with them. ;P

Sort of like being sent for the key to the flag pole prior to raising our beautiful flag. ;? - 'ole joe :cool:

Jeff82
05-04-2004, 07:07
Originally posted by JoeG19
Originally posted by GLockCowboy
Sort of like being sent for the key to the flag pole prior to raising our beautiful flag. ;? - 'ole joe :cool:
Or being sent to get the "gate key" for Sicily drop zone at Bragg...

...you know, so we can get off the DZ after a jump...

DocH
05-04-2004, 10:26
Originally posted by JoeG19
DocH: During the Cuban Crisis I was aboard the USS Ashland (LSD-1 - another prize! 1942 vintage) in the Med with 1stBn 8th Marines. We got delayed there as our relieving battalion was diverted to Cuba. Had several EXTRA liberty ports including Barcelona and Genoa. We felt bad about the folks floating around Cuba, but that is the price we had to pay. ;)

Did you come to the Med right after Cuba? Maybe you relieved us.

I had to have been on the Lorraine County early as a brown bar probably spring '62, on a Vieques Cruise. U aboard then? - very 'ole joe :cool: Yes we did. Straight to the Med after pulling out of Cuba. I was looking up some old ships the other night and it appears that the whole design has been changed on the newer LST's.I believe all the oldies have been sold to foreign government's,Spain,and some others.I couldn't find anything on the Lorraine still being in service.Had a lot of good times with Marines on the 1177,made some good friends. Took some of their money in a few poker games,too! Good to hear about your experiences,thanks for the reply.
DocH -Rome ,Ga.

shrpnl
05-04-2004, 11:09
My favorite gag for newbies was having them get "chem light" batteries, which we all now chem lights are chemical reactions, hence their name. We also would send someone new to get us some canopy lights for our parachutes..... Times were good then.;Y

Jeff82
05-04-2004, 11:26
Originally posted by shrpnl
My favorite gag for newbies was having them get "chem light" batteries, which we all now chem lights are chemical reactions, hence their name. We also would send someone new to get us some canopy lights for our parachutes..... Times were good then.;Y

How about seeing the supply sgt for "riser grease" or "grid squares"?!

;z ;z ;z

JoeG19
05-04-2004, 11:33
Originally posted by DocH
Yes we did. Straight to the Med after pulling out of Cuba. DocH -Rome ,Ga.

When you came to the Med were you all carrying Ontos, Amtracks or both? If it was Ontos that was my relief. - 'ole joe :cool:

JoeG19
05-04-2004, 11:43
Originally posted by Jeff82
How about seeing the supply sgt for "riser grease" or "grid squares"?!

It's a good thing I didn't go airborne. You all had too many things to look for. I've seen white hats looking for 'monkey fists' and they do exist, but I'd been worn out looking for the keys to the DZ and riser grease and grid squares. They only send Marines to look for one thing at a time 'cause our attention span is so short we can't handle lists. ^8 - 'ole joe ;g

DocH
05-04-2004, 15:02
Originally posted by JoeG19
When you came to the Med were you all carrying Ontos, Amtracks or both? If it was Ontos that was my relief. - 'ole joe :cool: I believe we had both,but I know we had amtracks 'cause I paid special attention to those. I thought then they were the coolest thing going. I wanted to own one!

JoeG19
05-04-2004, 15:43
Originally posted by DocH
I thought then they were the coolest thing going. I wanted to own one!

When you wet launch in an amtrack (15 tons)from the bow ramp of a T,the amtrack will go under and water will pour in from everywhere till it rises back up. More than once Marines have heard amtrack commanders say as they went under 'Take'er down to 15' and level off'. That used to scare the.......out of us grunts. We never saw them except on cruises. - 'ole joe :cool:

DocH
05-04-2004, 16:18
Yeah,I remember seeing them launch off the bow ramp and go under before resurfacing,but I didn't know you got that wet in one.
Interesting piece of equipment,though.I loved watching them.
We were coming back from an operation off the coast of Spain once and had a lot of Marines on board with Jeeps and Amtraks.
We ended up in a hellacious storm at night and had 3 fires on board as a result.
In one of them,one of the Marines was on watch on the eqipment in the well deck and was sitting in a Jeep.He got up to take a whiz,and the pins in ramp from the main deck to the well deck sheered dropping the ramp on the Jeep he had been sitting in.Started a fire there,that was the 3rd one. He was a lucky man.

It was so bad that I wormed my way up to my gun mount,got an inflateable AND a Mae West and put them both on. I crawled under my mount and held on to the train motor 'til the storm was over.Only time I was ever scared spitless at sea.Kind of funny now,when I think back on it.

fade2black
05-04-2004, 17:43
'93-'99 USMC

29 Stumps
2nd Bn 4th Marines Comm Plt
2nd Bn 6th Marines Comm Plt
26th MEU(SOC) USS Wasp
Been all over the place too. Best 6 years of my life :) Being in Comm we send the boots to get frequency grease, grid squares, ID10Tango forms, keys to the hummers, ST rings for the BA1100N's, I could go on and on... ;f

skyboss_4evr
05-04-2004, 22:48
Served in my beloved U.S. NAVY 1992-2000. Went to boot camp at Great Lakes RTC 10 days after my high school graduation. Then onto NATTC Millington, TN. for 5 months of air traffic control "A" school. Two years at NAS Agana, Guam followed by ARATC "C" school back in Millington. My final tour was at NAS Fallon, NV. from '95-'00.

My primary specilty was AC= Air Traffic Controller
Warfare qualification = Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. I left the Navy as AC1(AW). Some would say my career wasn't super exciting... no combat duty, hell no sea duty even. But I will say this... it was the best thing I ever did with my life and indeed it fulfilled a life-long dream of mine. As a kid I was always in awe of the military, the uniforms, the weapons. It is truly an honor to have been a PART of that tradition of excellence.

I'll never forget those who went before me, those who've gone after me and those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. All vets are truly a special breed. Don't let anyone tell you different. ;?

Mark II
05-05-2004, 00:03
1976-1980 US Navy Avaition Ordnance, USS Kitty Hawk
1982-1986 US Army MOS 68J & 41C, FT Hood & Camp Casey Korea
1990-1994 US Navy Reserve, P-3B Aircrew Ordnance VP-60
1994-1995 USAF Reserves, Air Transportation Specialist
1995-Present US Navy Reserves, P-3C Aircrew Ordnance VP-66

Thanks,
Mark

Hank Weber
05-07-2004, 17:55
'69 - '72 US Navy, SAR Swimmer HC-1. Enjoyed my time in. Find the bond that people who serve have, especially in a time of war, amazing, almost spiritual.

Central Texan
05-07-2004, 18:23
Originally posted by fade2black
keys to the hummers

We have keys to our HMMWV's, for the steering wheel lock. I sent a noobie to the motor sgt to get keys for one of ours and he laughed at me "You aint gunna fool me with that trick!" So I pointed to the lock on the wheel and said "Well then do you want to drive?" It was funny at the time, sounds kinda dumb though well I tell the story ;f

hicksdm
05-07-2004, 20:47
USAF Security Forces 1992-present

Been stationed at Ramstein AB (1992-1997)
Eglin AFB (1997-present)

TDY all over the Middle East and Africa. Also just finished a stint down in Haiti. We always send the noobies after 10 yards of flight line or the keys to the jets.

Lou Abbott
05-09-2004, 18:57
;P
Enlisted in the Navy in 1968 to stay out of Viet Nam. Thought a nice safe boat was just the ticket. Was an electronics technician as a civilian so that's the rate I got, just Aviation tho. After schooling in Memphis went to Guam to fly in EC-121's. Pissed off the maintenance chief and he sent me to our ground support det in Chu Lai Viet Nam. (what was wrong with my original plan?)I loved it. extended and went to Da Nang. Extended again and that chief thought I had something good going on and sent a plane to bring me (just me) back to Guam. Went to AIMD for a while. Transfered to NAS Patuxent River, MD. Met my future wife and went into the reserves. Was in A P3 squadron for 20 years (VP-68). Flew to MANY places on MANY dets. Chased a lot of subs. My last three years was with VAQ-209-EA6Bs. The electronic jammers. Damn if I didn't go on a lot of dets with them too. On the USS John C Stennis, to Red Flag, Operation Northern Watch and a few others. Retired in 1996. Loved every minute. Now I am a contractor at Pax supporting carrier landing systems. Can't get away from the navy!
AVCM(AW) Retired

Chopperdog
05-10-2004, 04:34
Originally posted by Lou Abbott
;P
Enlisted in the Navy in 1968 to stay out of Viet Nam. Thought a nice safe boat was just the ticket. Was an electronics technician as a civilian so that's the rate I got, just Aviation tho. After schooling in Memphis went to Guam to fly in EC-121's. Pissed off the maintenance chief and he sent me to our ground support det in Chu Lai Viet Nam. (what was wrong with my original plan?)I loved it. extended and went to Da Nang. Extended again and that chief thought I had something good going on and sent a plane to bring me (just me) back to Guam. Went to AIMD for a while. Transfered to NAS Patuxent River, MD. Met my future wife and went into the reserves. Was in A P3 squadron for 20 years (VP-68). Flew to MANY places on MANY dets. Chased a lot of subs. My last three years was with VAQ-209-EA6Bs. The electronic jammers. Damn if I didn't go on a lot of dets with them too. On the USS John C Stennis, to Red Flag, Operation Northern Watch and a few others. Retired in 1996. Loved every minute. Now I am a contractor at Pax supporting carrier landing systems. Can't get away from the navy!
AVCM(AW) Retired

My last squadron in the Navy was VX-1 at Pax River. I also worked for Boeing on the E/F flight test program at Pax River after I got out. Pax is definately a different base.

FThorn
05-10-2004, 06:41
Since my Dad does not have an internet connection or computer, can I post his stuff here?

He 'upped' the week after Pearl, 1941. Felt it was his duty.
He was on the USS Wasp CV-7 and was torpedoed/sank in Sept. 42
I'm not sure of all the different ships he served on. But I know that he was on the Independence CVL-22. I believe Butch O'Hare (airport) was on that for awhile.
He related to me that he was part of the opening salvos into Korea.
He also said the first atomic bomb 'heaved' his ship out of the water, they were so close.
Retired after 20 years. Always an enlisted man.

Both my brothers also were in Navy during the Vietnam war. One is plank holder on the JFK.

(as an aside, and unrelated, my uncle just retired from Chrysler with the most seniority...60 years!)

GLockCowboy
05-10-2004, 18:38
Originally posted by Chopperdog
My last squadron in the Navy was VX-1 at Pax River. I also worked for Boeing on the E/F flight test program at Pax River after I got out. Pax is definately a different base. Yes it is definitely a different base. How are them SMIBs doing nowadays?

Chopperdog
05-11-2004, 04:24
Originally posted by GLockCowboy
Yes it is definitely a different base. How are them SMIBs doing nowadays?

;z

I had forgotten about that until just now! I tried to stay away from the SMIBs while I was there. I left southern MD in 2000.

RussP
05-11-2004, 11:06
Originally posted by Chopperdog
;z

I had forgotten about that until just now! I tried to stay away from the SMIBs while I was there. I left southern MD in 2000. Okay, am I the only one who does not know what an SMIB is?

;Q

Central Texan
05-11-2004, 12:46
Nope, your not alone Russ. Anybody care to clue us in?:)

GLockCowboy
05-11-2004, 13:17
CT, I sent you a PM, Russ your mail box is full.

05-11-2004, 13:29
SMIB


Is that anything like a LBFM?;)

Central Texan
05-11-2004, 16:20
Hahaha, thanks GlockCowboy.;z

Chopperdog
05-11-2004, 16:44
Originally posted by HeyMoe
SMIB


Is that anything like a LBFM?;)

Hey, I remember those........

GLockCowboy
05-11-2004, 19:25
Hey come on guys, let's keep this thread clean. I don't think SMIBs is a racial acronym, LBFM definitely is. :)

actionpup
05-11-2004, 21:26
List does not include training, deployments or TDY assignments:

Langley AFB
Misawa AB
Mather AFB
McClellan AFB

Now working with veterans full-time.

Rigormootis
05-11-2004, 23:37
USMC 10.5 years.
6 yrs. as an MP, 4 yrs. as a CID agent.

DMF
05-12-2004, 15:40
8 years on actice duty as a USAF Navigator.

Now I'm out of flying and in the Reserves.

On active duty I was stationed at Sheppard AFB, Randolph AFB, and Offutt AFB. In the reserves I have been assigned to Lackland AFB, and McChord AFB. I have been TDY to dozens of places, including many overseas locales that don't have US military bases.

9 years until retirement.

RussP
05-12-2004, 15:49
Originally posted by DMF
8 years on actice duty as a USAF Navigator.

Now I'm out of flying ... Do you miss the flying?

Chopperdog
05-12-2004, 16:41
Originally posted by GLockCowboy
Hey come on guys, let's keep this thread clean. I don't think SMIBs is a racial acronym, LBFM definitely is. :)

I wouldn't exactly call it racial. Dirty, but not racial.........;a

DMF
05-13-2004, 12:10
Originally posted by RussP
Do you miss the flying? Not one bit! I miss the fun of the trips (although only about 1/3 of it was fun), but I don't miss the actual flying at all. I spent the last 5 years on active duty trying to get out of flying, and I left because they said if I stayed active I would have to stay in a flying job.

I am a private pilot, and flying is fun, especially pilot vs. nav. However, the ratio of fun to mundane in military flying is just too low for me.

RussP
05-13-2004, 13:38
And I got out because they told me I couldn't fly anymore!!:)

What plane do you fly now? When I flew private, it was in a 182RG Turbo. Started with 26 hours on her. Had to give it up. Something about having a stent put in that they didn't like...

kawalerzysta
05-13-2004, 15:03
D trp, 5/15 CAV, 1st ATB, Ft Knox Kentucky
A Trp, 1/2 ACR, Ft Polk,La
E trp, 2/2 ACR, Ft Polk,La
A trp, 1/2 ACR, Ft Polk,La
B trp, 4/7 CAV, 2nd ID Cp Garryowen, Korea
A trp, 3/7 CAV, 3rd ID Ft Stewart,Ga/Iraq(OIF 1)

DMF
05-13-2004, 15:19
Originally posted by RussP
And I got out because they told me I couldn't fly anymore!!:)

What plane do you fly now? When I flew private, it was in a 182RG Turbo. Started with 26 hours on her. Had to give it up. Something about having a stent put in that they didn't like... That sucks that you can't fly anymore. Just because I wasn't totally in love with it doesn't mean I don't understand those that are. I'm sure whatever condition led to the stent didn't please the FAA, or the USAF. Sorry.

I haven't done any private flying for a couple of years. Too little time, and too little money. :( When I did it though, I flew in Tomahawks, 150s, 172, Warriors, Cherokees, and a couple of different gliders. I didn't like the Cessnas, but then I never flew a 182RG Turbo. ;) Gliders by far were the most fun I've ever had in civilian flying, and almost as much fun as flying T-37s (I washed out of UPT ;P ), and my ride in a T-38 (I got a Squadron CC hook me up ;f ). If you've never been a glider find one and get a ride, it's amazing.

RussP
05-13-2004, 15:55
Well, the USAF said something about the fact I had surgery that took out some of my elbow, that it would limit my ability to perform as an aircrew member.

The FAA didn't like the stent...

I did my civilian flying in Northern California, Lake Tahoe, Reno, so I have a lot of mountain time, and when you're IFR and the highest peaks are 11,000, it's nice to slip the O2 on, have the turbo kick in at 12,000 as you "cruise" up to 14,000 on one engine.

I've been tempted a couple of times to try gliders, on purpose I mean.

Had an OV-10 pilot get lost once, would not listen to me, the dumb photog who had only flown the area 103 times before, went past midpoint based on fuel on board and we landed that puppy dry as a bone. Crew chief came up, rapped on the tanks. You know the sound when you hit an empty 50-gallon drum...

He climbed up and said to the pilot, "Sir, with all due disrespect, the f'ing plane is empty. How you going to taxi it to the de-arm area?" He climbed down and walked away...

I secured my ejection seat, told him to secure his, climbed out and walked away with the crewchief...

Never did fly with that guy again...

Had one O2-A pilot who liked to climb up to altitude, shut down both engines and glide around for a few minutes, often around the edges of the clouds so that the wingtips would cause swirls. That is what I miss; putting one wing on the cloud, touching it just enough to disturb it, not enough to anger it...Know what I mean...;)

RussP

M2 Carbine
05-13-2004, 18:57
Went in the USMCR when I was 17, 1955
Went active in 1956.
Discharged in 1959 (Buck Sergeant) and joined the Reserves again.
About 1963 I was about to join the Army to get the Warrant Officer Candidate program (helicopers).
I really didn't want to go active again but I wanted the school.

A friend that worked full time for the Maryland Guard set me up with an interview with the commanding officer of a air unit.
He agreed to try and get me a slot in flight school.

After a year of paperwork and BS I got a slot.
Almost a year training and back to the Guard as a Warrant Officer pilot.

After about a year in the Maryland Guard and flying every minute I could to build up flight time I went back to Texas to instruct in the Army flight school as a civilian instructor.

Joined the Texas Guard for a couple more years.

summitx
05-16-2004, 11:01
USMC 84-88, was station at Marine Barracks in Guam, then went to Pendelton and did the west pac floats.

alan_w
05-22-2004, 15:10
Here's my info. Had a good time and if anyone was at any of these locations at the same time, I'd like to hear from you.

1998 – 2000 790th Security Forces Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, WY
1996 – 1998 39th Security Forces Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey.
1991 – 1996 90th Operations Group/88th MSS, F.E. Warren AFB, WY
1987 – 1991 52nd Security Police Squadron, Spangdahlem, Germany
1985 – 1986 44th Security Police Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, SD.
1984 – 1985 7275th Security Police Squadron, San Vito AS,Italy.
1983 – 1984 7391 Munitions Support Squadron, Balikesir, Turkey.
1980 – 1982 96th Security Police Squadron, Dyess AFB, TX.

KenF
05-26-2004, 17:24
I just noticed this section....thanks for setting it up.

I joined the Army at the end of February in 1968. I was in the Army Security Agency (ASA). MOS was 98GL2FR (Voice Intercept, French).

1968: March thru May - Basic at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.
1968: June thru December - Language School in Monterrey, CA. French course.
1969: January thru March(?) - 83rd Radio Research Special Operations Unit (RRSOU), Bangkok, Thailand.
1969: April thru
1971: September at Det J of the 83rd in Ubon, Thailand. At some point, the 83rd closed up, and Det J became part of the 7th RRFS.

I'm very interested to hear from anybody that was there then.

Trademark
05-30-2004, 17:00
1975 to 1986. grunt grunt grunt.
1/23inf. 2bde. 2 div. imjin scouts.
1/54inf. 197th inf bde (seprate).
2/9inf korea 2nd D. again.
back to benning infantry school got hurt; got out.

I don't miss it. I breath it.;I

CarlosDJackal
06-02-2004, 14:30
Originally posted by Trademark
1975 to 1986. grunt grunt grunt.
1/23inf. 2bde. 2 div. imjin scouts.
1/54inf. 197th inf bde (seprate).
2/9inf korea 2nd D. again.
back to benning infantry school got hurt; got out.

I don't miss it. I breath it.;I

Trademark, it looks like we were in Smelly Hill at the about the same time (I was in the 2/69th Armor from Aug 1984-Dec 1985).

Don't you just miss the red Georgia clay that somehow always found its way into your underwear? How about the chiggers? ;f

kawalerzysta
06-02-2004, 16:59
Originally posted by CarlosDJackal


Don't you just miss the red Georgia clay that somehow always found its way into your underwear? How about the chiggers? ;f
I don't miss them;a Either from Georgia or Lousiana. Well, I don't miss mosquitos that could pick up HMMWV either.

Nestor
06-03-2004, 06:47
Hello!
Never in combat, but here my short Army record:
After Law studies I joined the Army as a volunteer (late summer 2001). Officer's Reserve School until 2002 and later I was the Commander of Security Platoon for HQ of 1 Warsaw Mechanized Division for few month.
I began process of application for Army Intelligence Officer, but during this time doctors discovered skin cancer on me ;g...so it was the end. Not too much, but I'm proud that I had a possibility to serve for my country. Thank you. Adam
Here is the sign of my unit:
http://www.1wdz.mil.pl/1wdz_pliki/grafika/plakietka.gif
Here is the picture (I'm near the camera) - few minutes before I took swear :)

R_LeComte
06-05-2004, 23:33
22.5 years Army retired warrant

Started as an MP 1970
Hit RVN (173rd ABN Bde)and decided I need to know more
Became a Ranger 73
Special Forces senior Medic 75
PA School 81
Diving Medical Officer 90
Retired 1992

As a side note My wife retired after 20 years Army and turning down SGM too.

I met her in Womack ER as a young group medic improving his skills.

Jeff82
06-06-2004, 06:16
Originally posted by R_LeComte
I met her in Womack ER as a young group medic improving his skills.
So, what skills were improved?
;a

SLTeam2
06-07-2004, 15:20
Yokuska Japan.
Base / Uss Reeves CG24
Subic Bay / Philippines. Naval Station school and servival training.
Pearl Harbor Hawaii / Naval Station.
Uss Worden CG18 - Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
Kaniohi Bay Hawaii - school and training.
Hawaii Pacific Missle Range - Kauai Hawaii
Alameda Naval Station - Uss Carl Vincent CVN70
Bremerton Washington - Naval Base security
Bangor Submarine Naval Station - Bangor Washington- Security.
And a hell of alot of good times with good people and good memories that will last a lifetime!!

KIDCOP
06-20-2004, 16:59
I didn't know there were so many squids on this board. :)

Dec 1972 enlisted and went to boot camp in Great Lakes.

Apr 1973 NAS Memphis for AME "A" school.

Jul 1973 NAS Cecil Field with VA-174. I worked on A-7 A's, B's, C's and E's. During this time I also spent 13 mos at MCAS Yuma with a det teaching student pilots how to bomb with A-7E. I reenlisted under John S. McCain III who was skipper of 174 when the time came. I also spent a couple of weeks on the USS Lexston (CV16) and Forrestal (CV59)

Nov 1976 back to NAS Memphis for AME "C" school. As a AME2 I had one heck of a good time. Those of you who got to go to Memphis as a 1st or 2nd class PO will understand.

May 77 VAW 115 in Yokosuka Japan on board USS Midway (CV-41) Had mostly a good time here, spent too much time off the coast of Iran during the Hosatge crisis. Selected to go to an airshow in Sasabo...had a Japeneese General sit on my lap by mistake. Here we flew E2-B Hawkeye's.

Jul 80, worked in Denver for a year then, Nov 81 VX-5 at China Lake. At China Lake we op-evaled the then new FA-18. Skipper lost his job because he called it ugly. We also had A-4's, A-6's, A-7's a couple of helo's and a Cessna.

Jan 84, VAQ-131 at Nas Whibey Is. Cruises on Indpendence and Ranger. It sucked as I was a Wespac sailor stuck on Med cruises. We had EA6-B Prowlers.

Jan 87 Back to China Lake and worked in Targets..we maintained flying targets, real aircraft, F-86's and F-4's I was one of the very few sailor's to be all systems QA qual'ed on AV8B. (Harrier) This was rather fun. Here I went to Camp Perry Ohio for the National Matches. Also loaded pilot's seat for ejection sequence of "Flight of the Intruder." The other aircraft included A-4's, A-6's, FA-18's UC-8 Buffalo, and some I forget. I also worked very closely with Martin Baker and have 17 NACES test shots under my belt. (I was the guy who signed the test safe for flight)

Jan 91, VAQ-138 NAS Whidbey Is. Served on USS Nimtiz during the first gulf war as Aircraft Division, then later as Safety, again with EA-6B's.

Jun 93, retired.

I still miss the Navy sometimes, not the at sea stuff but rather the friendships. I worked with some great gals but I am glad I missed having the gals at sea. Edited to add: I'm not saying that the gals are unable to do the work, because they can and they do well. My point is I simply don't believe females have a place on a bird farm. The minute the boat pulls out you suddenly have 5,000 horn dogs.

jolly roger
06-23-2004, 22:17
Air Force Brat:
Born Patrick AFB Fla. 1958
Lakenheath England
Hill AFB Utah
Sheppard AFB Texas
Lived near uncle in WVa. while Dad went to the Nam
Craig AFB Alabama
Yokota/Tachikawa and Itazuke Japan
Plattsburgh AFB NY

Joined USN 1976-80
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd (AO2)
Great Lakes
Pensacola Fla. "A" school
USS Midway, Yokosuka Japan (again..) AO, VF-151
Atsugi NAS Japan
Alameda NAS CA

Speak halfway decent Japanese since I spent about 6 years of my life there.

Pined for a little gal who has now been my wife for almost 25 years. Got out of the Navy... and been a cop ever since in Va.

A_Swede_17_1911
06-24-2004, 20:46
Ft. Benning for Basic, AIT, Airborne School.
Ft. Bragg, been to NTC (Ft. Irwin), Deployed for a year in Iraq

NCUrk
07-14-2004, 16:13
Just found this thread and see it's been awhile since anyone has posted. Thought I'd throw my .02 cents in...

Joined the Navy right out of High School in 88, Wanted to be a big bad Navy SEAL and see the world. Came in under the Divefarer program..
88 BootCamp in Orlando
88 GMG School Great Lakes (Wasn't to good with B.E.E and had some problems with a guy trying to rape me so ended up not getting Gunners mate and went over to NTC for ATC.
89 NavSpecWarCenter (AKA. BUDS) Classes 159 and 164... 11 stress fractures later the fleet called my name.
89-92 Sub base San Diego, ARCO ARDM-5 painting and scraping subs. Made BM3
92-95 Adak AK. Ops Dept Fire Division. Spent most of the tour up at NSGA.(Cought the fire bug)
95 Cross rated to HM3. CorpSchool San Diego, followed by FMF at Camp Pendalton.
95-98 MCAS Cherry Point NC. After 10 years and not getting past E-4 I was put out on high year tenure. (Never was good at tests...)
I like to say that after 10 years they took a hard look at me and observed I didn't drink coffee, wasn't an alcoholic, no tattoes, no kids, and no piercincs. They just thought I wasn't what they wanted in a role model!!!!

Have the most respect for any and all that served in one way or another... But also believe in good natured joking amongst the services... Still serving Uncle Sam as a civilian. This time as a Firefighter on board MCAS Cherry Point.

Mark II
07-14-2004, 17:23
Hey jolly roger,
Were you on the Midway in 1979-80 out in the IO? I was right along side of you and the Enterprise on the Kitty hawk durring the Iran hostage crap.

Mark

Guy Powell
07-14-2004, 17:37
Just noticed this thread. Guess I'll throw my $.02 in. Two tours with SOG in Vietnam. Finished up in Cambodia, but of course, America wasn't in Cambodia, were we?

KenF
07-14-2004, 18:09
We weren't in Cambodia at least as much as we weren't in Laos.

I wasn't there, either, but I was in Ubon, Thailand in an Army Security Agency unit from '69 to '71.

SOG gave us a AK47 mounted on a nice plaque for helping them out a time or 2.

Glad you made it back.

Ken.

Guy Powell
07-14-2004, 18:20
Thanks Ken. Yes, guess we can both thank LBJ. Got shot once, stabbed twice, and what do I regret the most? "Borrowed" a Makarov off a NVA that, well let's just say he didn't need it anymore, but then lost it myself. Now I've had to go and buy one.
Looks like I may be going to a fire base in Afghanistan in a couple of months as a civilian contractor. Will be handling my dog as a bomb detector dog checking incoming vehicles. Can hardly wait! Like being back in the middle of things, just getting paid for it this time around.
Get to carry a Glock 19 too.

actionpup
07-14-2004, 18:49
Ken and Guy, thanks for being there. Guy, watch your six in Afghanistan. I have a fair number of guys I treat for combat related issues that "weren't" in Laos or Cambodia either. Funny how so many people "weren't" in an area that we "weren't" in.
Kevin

Guy Powell
07-14-2004, 19:22
Thank you again. I thank God every night for the troops in the middle east right now. They're risking their lives, not to mention horribly low morale due to over extensions. Certainly not there to make big $$$.
Ever run into the Yards while in Vietnam Ken? If so, weren't they a noble bunch of people. I truly owe them my life. It's a shame how America ditched most of these folks when they could no longer be of any use.
I'm sure Afghanistan has it's dangers, but I think it will be safer than Iraq. We'll be staying/working on a small base of sorts most of the time, but will occasionally go out with some operators to help with their "quest" for insurgents. The bad guys are afraid of dogs, consider them to be unclean, and tend to behave much better when a good bite dog's along. No, not a repeat of the Iraqui prison problem.
What I'm really looking forward to is their cache of small arms to play with. Glocks, Makarovs (that's correct, Makarovs)and a bunch of Sigs, as well as 1911's. Basically take one's pick. Maybe one of each???

actionpup
07-14-2004, 19:41
Originally posted by Guy Powell
...What I'm really looking forward to is their cache of small arms to play with. Glocks, Makarovs (that's correct, Makarovs)and a bunch of Sigs, as well as 1911's. Basically take one's pick. Maybe one of each???
Sounds like a nice smorgasbord. Wouldn't mind visiting that table.

RussP
07-14-2004, 20:26
Originally posted by actionpup
Ken and Guy, thanks for being there. Guy, watch your six in Afghanistan. I have a fair number of guys I treat for combat related issues that "weren't" in Laos or Cambodia either. Funny how so many people "weren't" in an area that we "weren't" in. Two were OGA spooks...but then again, their "organization" wasn't anywhere...right?
Kevin Kevin, are you telling me I flew 126 missions in the Twilight Zone?

Come on man, that's not nice!!!


;f

Can you imagine, can you IMAGINE if there had been the press coverage then we have now?

There would have been frigging CNN crews with the NVA on the Trail.

At least we could have used their transmission signals to target in.;f ;f ;f

Sorry if that offends anyone. You weren't there.... And if you were, PM me so we can keep this thread from being locked.

actionpup
07-14-2004, 20:43
Too funny RussP! How was the Twilight Zone? I hear it looks a lot like Laos and Cambodia. Can you confirm this? ;)

No, I really can't imagine the liberal press being imbedded our boys in Vietnam or with the NVA or VC. That would have been a friggin nightmare! But then again I do like the idea of using them to target the enemy. At least they would have been good for something! :cool:

Guy Powell
07-14-2004, 22:01
really can't imagine the liberal press being imbedded our boys in Vietnam or with the NVA

No, we had Hanoi Jane for that. Remember her???
I worked with the same two guys, and a few natives, the two years I was in country. The press corps did send a reporter out once with us. He stayed about 15 minutes until the first leech locked onto him.

KenF
07-15-2004, 15:58
Guy,

I was never actually in Vietnam. Just Thailand. I was Army Security Agency (signals intel). We worked on an Airbase in Ubon, which was a little town about 50 miles west of the Laotian border and about 100 miles north of the Cambodian border. The base only got hit twice while I was there, so I had it very easy compared to most.

The base flew a lot of F4's and Spectre gunships, which mostly didn't fly over the trail and hardly ever shot at trucks.

Good luck in Afghanistan.

Ken.

Guy Powell
07-15-2004, 18:12
was never actually in Vietnam. Just Thailand

Plenty close enough though. It always amazed, and saddened, me a bit how the Cambodian people got caught up in this thing.
Oh Bankok, I'm sure we all can tell some stories about that place! A few might even be true.:)

deutscheglocker
07-15-2004, 18:43
KenF,

When were you in Ubon. I finished out my SEA tour in Ubon--- May, Jun Jul of 72 after leaving Danang.
I don't remember much about the base. Worked at the PMEL lab.

Never made it to Bankok

Hans

JASONZG37
07-15-2004, 19:32
Well, I did 4 years in the Navy as an Electrician's Mate. Stationed aboard the "World Famous" USS ENTERPRISE CVN-65. Did 2 MED/GULF deployments one of the 6 1/2 in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom" and the other one in support of "Operation Desert Fox". Lot's of good times and lot's of drinks!!!

KenF
07-16-2004, 11:22
Deutcheglocker,

I got to the 83rd Radio Research Special Ops unit in Bangkok in January of '69. After a couple of months, went upcountry to Ubon, and then stayed there (and extended my tour) until September of '71.

Our site was at the end of the runway (they only had 1), about 200 yds off to the side. The main gate was at one end, we were at the other, sort of across from the ammo dump.

Sounds like you got there a few months after I left. What's PMEL lab? I'm guessing Photographic something or other ? I think I read where the base had been mortared sometime after I left. What that during your stay ?

Too bad you didn't get to Bangkok. Quite a place.

Ken.

RussP
07-16-2004, 13:22
Originally posted by actionpup
Too funny RussP! How was the Twilight Zone? I hear it looks a lot like Laos and Cambodia. Can you confirm this? ;)

No, I really can't imagine the liberal press being imbedded our boys in Vietnam or with the NVA or VC. That would have been a friggin nightmare! But then again I do like the idea of using them to target the enemy. At least they would have been good for something! :cool: Laos? Cambodia? Twilight Zone? Yes!

I posted this before,

LAOS ca. 1968/69

http://fototime.com/3CAE47112DD84FB/standard.jpg

RussP
07-16-2004, 13:45
Originally posted by KenF
Guy,

I was never actually in Vietnam. Just Thailand. I was Army Security Agency (signals intel). We worked on an Airbase in Ubon, which was a little town about 50 miles west of the Laotian border and about 100 miles north of the Cambodian border. The base only got hit twice while I was there, so I had it very easy compared to most.

The base flew a lot of F4's and Spectre gunships, which mostly didn't fly over the trail and hardly ever shot at trucks.

Good luck in Afghanistan.

Ken. Yep, you were in the Twilight Zone, too. No such thing as the "Wolfpack", huh? ;g ;g

The first time I flew a night FAC mission and we called in a gunship, let me tell you, those tracers coming out of that ship looked like the hose of death. Totally amazing the coverage. HOWEVER, it really made the 37mm guns come alive, that's when we got to play.

Oh, wait, we didn't do that. I forgot...;f ;f

RussP
07-16-2004, 13:51
Originally posted by Guy Powell
was never actually in Vietnam. Just Thailand

Plenty close enough though. It always amazed, and saddened, me a bit how the Cambodian people got caught up in this thing.
Oh Bankok, I'm sure we all can tell some stories about that place! A few might even be true.:) Bangkok...Bangkok....

I vaguely remember the place...wonder why those memories areen't more clear???http://www.firearmfanatics.com/forum/images/smiles/allcoholic.gif http://www.firearmfanatics.com/forum/images/smiles/allcoholic.gif

deutscheglocker
07-16-2004, 19:54
KenF,

PMEL stands for Precision Measuring Equipment Lab.
We calibrated test equipment ( oscilloscopes -sp , signal generators, volt/ammeters), and a plethora of other electronic equipment.

It was good duty, no matter where the base. The equip lab had to be 72 degrees + - 2 degrees and humidity controlled. ( we slept there when we could ).

There was one sapper attack while I was there. I don't think much damage or any casualties. I think a couple dozen guys got combat pay for being close to the attack.

Hans

Planet-Ed
07-16-2004, 21:44
Air Force Dependant 1970-1988

70-71 Moody AFB, GA (Born)
71-79 McDill AFB, FL
79-79 Athen, TN (Awaiting oversee's housing)
79-82 Madrid Spain (Royal Oaks Military Housing)
82-88 Laughlin AFB, TX

US Army Active Duty 1988-1996

88-88 FT Dix, NJ (Basic Training A CO , 1st BN, 26th INF)
88-89 Goodfellow AFB, TX (AIT 98C - Electronic Warefare Signals Intelligence Analyst)
89-92 FT Huachuca, AZ (A CO TSC CEWI and D CO 304th MI BN)
92-93 Camp Huphreys, Korea (B CO 3rd MI BN)
93-94 FT Gordon, GA (Second AIT 29Y/31S - Satellite Communications)
94-96 FT Detrick, MD (A CO, 1110th Signal BN)

DOD Contractor 1997-2001

97-99 Kwajalein, Marshall Islands (SATCOM Technician)
99-01 Schriever AFB, CO (SATCOM Technician)

DOD Civilian (GS-11) 2001-present

01-?? Schriever AFB, CO (50th Space Communications Squadron, MILSATCOM QAE)

KenF
07-19-2004, 17:45
DeutcheGlocker,

Thanks for the explanation. I had a cousin in the Navy that worked on calibration equipment.

KenF.

jtshombre
07-21-2004, 18:15
U.S. Air Force, 10/73 - 9/77 Air Force Security Police Patrol Dog Handler, and have the dog bite scars to prove it! Dang dogs were a little wonky sometimes.

Lackland A.F.B., TX. boot camp, Security Police School, Patrol Dog School (actually at Camp Bullis for dog school, but we stayed at Lackland.)
Fairchild A.F.B., WA.
Incirlik C.D.I., Turkey
Malmstrom A.F.B., MT.

Funny thing is, my dad and I were both in the Air Force at the same time, from 1973 through 1976, he retired in 1976. Take care, and thanks to all for your service, and to those still in, stay safe!

Grim Jackal
08-03-2004, 01:07
Four in the Corps at Camp Horno in Pendleton. I went on two West Packs 95-97 and still have sand in cracks I cannot mention on this forum.

Leathercrafter
08-04-2004, 19:45
I got to spend 20 years and 2 days in the USN. Had a lot of good times and there were definitely days I was wondering what the heck I was thinking when I enlisted/reenlisted.

Some of the duty/training commands I was assigned to:

RTC San Diego, CA
USS Coral Sea (CV 43)
NAS Meridian, MS
NAS Cecil Field, FL
MCB, Camp Lejuene, NC
1st MarDiv, Camp Pendleton, CA
NETC, Newport, RI
CBC, Port Hueneme, CA
NMCB-3, Port Hueneme, CA
NTC, Orlando, FL

Been to a number of countries and cris-crossed the U.S. many times. My dad spent 22 years in the Navy, and I have two younger brothers currently on active duty - one with 25 years under his belt and the other has 22 years. I guess I was the short-timer in the group. :cool:

hillkillr
08-05-2004, 05:38
Spent Just over three years doing my small part for Uncle Sam. 18th Airborne Corps. Artillery 1st Bn, 321st FAR out of Fort Bragg, NC; 2000-2003. Got to spend 6 months Patroling the Border between Serbia and Kosovo. Serbian breadrolls and "hamburgers" (I call them hamburgers, but I never saw any cows) are the best I ever had.

My favorite part though was throwning my knees in the breeze.

GRIZZLYBEAR
08-07-2004, 09:07
I scanned through this thread and was surprised to see no one admitted to being drafted.

Drafted in 63 (Too stupid to go to Oxford). I had my US Serial number for the duration of my military career. My paid vacation at Government expense lasted for more than the 2 years as promised.

I thought I spent a lot of time in Cambodia or Loas, but I guess I was wrong. That the trouble with drafting someone they have memory loss and think they were places that they weren't.

Two plus paid vacations in Southeast Asian.

grizz

bmwRider
08-08-2004, 06:02
Greetings.
14.5 years in the USAF. Started basic training 3 weeks after I graduated H.S.
Basic at Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX. 6/78 - 8/78
Technical training at Lowry AFB, Denver CO. 8/78 - 01/79 (base now closed)
OJT at Tyndall AFB, Panama City FL. 01/79 - 02/79
Griffiss AFB, Rome NY. 49th FIS 03/79 - 05/87. (base now closed) AFSC 321X2A, Weapons Control System Technician on the F-106 Fighter Interceptor. Many TDYs to Tyndall AFB FL, Loring AFB ME, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas NV. ACTs, Red Flags, Yellow Flags...etc.
Luke AFB, Phoenix AZ. 405th CRS 06/87 - 09/89. AFSC 451X4A, in-shop Avionics on F-15C/D/E. (F-15s no longer stationed at Luke AFB)
Keflavik NAS, Iceland. 57th FIS 10/89 - 11/90. F-15 Avionics.
Bitburg AB, Germany. 36th CRS 1/91 - 12/92. F-15 Avionics. (base now closed)
12/92 - discharged.

God Bless all the men and women who are currently serving our country. Here's hoping they all return home safely and soon. And another God Bless, and a big thanks to all the brave men and women who have served in the past. Where would we be without them?

Old NFO
08-09-2004, 19:40
Started in Apr 15, 1971-retired April 1, 1992
Started out as an AMS (metalsmith) flying in HH-34's; switched over to P-3's in '74 as an AW (anti-submarine warfare), 4 WESTPAC's to PI, Okinawa, Guam and Japan with Dets to CRB, Utapao and other "beauty" spots in SEA. High points were helping rescue the crew of the USS Mayaguez, and directing traffic April 15, 1975 off Saigon. Came back to Jax as an instructor in the late '78-late 81. Commissioned in '82 back to P-3's again, 3 Med deployments including the Libya Ops. Came back to get stuck on Staff Duty and retired at CPWP in '92 after Gulf War I. Over 10,000 hours in the air, been to the North and South Poles and a lot of places in between- Basically wherever you could park 135,000 worth of airplanes.

Don't regret a day of it! Met some fantastic people I'm proud to still call friends today, just sorry we didn't finish what we started in '91. My thanks go out to all those men and women currently serving- God Bless and keep the powder dry!

Jim
Still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up...

RussP
08-10-2004, 15:32
Originally posted by Old NFO
Started in Apr 15, 1971-retired April 1, 1992
Started out as an AMS (metalsmith) flying in HH-34's; switched over to P-3's in '74 as an AW (anti-submarine warfare), 4 WESTPAC's to PI, Okinawa, Guam and Japan with Dets to CRB, Utapao and other "beauty" spots in SEA. High points were helping rescue the crew of the USS Mayaguez, and directing traffic April 15, 1975 off Saigon. Came back to Jax as an instructor in the late '78-late 81. Commissioned in '82 back to P-3's again, 3 Med deployments including the Libya Ops. Came back to get stuck on Staff Duty and retired at CPWP in '92 after Gulf War I. Over 10,000 hours in the air, been to the North and South Poles and a lot of places in between- Basically wherever you could park 135,000 worth of airplanes.

Don't regret a day of it! Met some fantastic people I'm proud to still call friends today, just sorry we didn't finish what we started in '91. My thanks go out to all those men and women currently serving- God Bless and keep the powder dry!

Jim
Still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up... Didn't you hear???


You pay dues like that, you don't have to grow up!!!!;f ;f I'm living proof...

Old NFO
08-10-2004, 18:55
Originally posted by RussP
Didn't you hear???


You pay dues like that, you don't have to grow up!!!!;f ;f I'm living proof...

Good- now I can go back to playing... at the range, at the golf course... lemme see.... :-) Guess I'll keep playing with the Navy for a while longer.

Jim
---------
Falcon 110

Litefoot
08-11-2004, 16:40
59th Signal Company
509th Signal Batallion
Southern European Task Force
1983-1989
Worked as SATCOM tech and later as Operations NCO for the GSC-39 Earth Terminal at Coltano Italy. Closest I got to action were the terrorist alerts after we bombed Khadafi in Libya. I considered it a priviledge to serve my country, especially under CIC Ronald Reagan.

Jeff82
08-11-2004, 19:46
I considered it a priviledge to serve my country, especially under CIC Ronald Reagan.
I agree. My years under President Reagan (82-85) were much better than my years under Klinton (93-02). Matter of fact, I got so disgusted I left, after rejoining with the intention of retiring. I'll still retire, just with the Reserves. 4 more to go... (I'm not gonna just throw all the years away!)

Pres. Bush/SecDef Rumsfeld were too little, too late to change my mind.

Old NFO
08-11-2004, 20:04
Originally posted by Jeff82
I agree. My years under President Reagan (82-85) were much better than my years under Klinton (93-02). Matter of fact, I got so disgusted I left, after rejoining with the intention of retiring. I'll still retire, just with the Reserves. 4 more to go... (I'm not gonna just throw all the years away!)

Pres. Bush/SecDef Rumsfeld were too little, too late to change my mind.

You're doing the right thing Jeff! Never give up :-) I have talked to many a person who said they wished they had stayed in the reserves to get "something" out of it. As a friend of mine says, it's my "play" money.

Jim

ICC(SS)
08-16-2004, 18:44
SSN-698 83-86
TTF Bangor 86-90
SSN-692 90-93
CSS1 93-96
NRL 96-03
I retired from the Navy 20 years 11 months.

Submarine Sailor
Instructor
Inspector
R&D

Buzz_Hog
08-21-2004, 10:27
Cpl of Marines

4 years, 3 months active duty. 3 years foreign service and two deployments

3rd FSSG, Data Comm Platoon
CSSD-35, Cobra Gold 95
FSSG-FWD, Freedom Banner 95
American Consulate - Karachi, Pakistan 95-96
American Embassy Brussels, Belgium - US Mission to NATO 97-98

RKC2000
08-24-2004, 20:43
USAF
May, 1972 - Lackland AFB Basic Training
July, 1972 - Lowry AFB, Denver - Nuclear Weapons Training
Dec. 1972 - May 1976 Minot AFB, ND. Nukes (on board B-52 bombers)

Great experience.

redwinger
08-26-2004, 19:44
i spent 2 years before the mast maties!!!arg arg arg arg !!!!!
take the wheel skipper i need to smoke a butt arg arg arg arg !!!!!
i spent 2 more years behind the mast arg arg arg arg !!yeh i was off the coast of africa was it ivory coast or some other mesqeto infested tropical west african country i was on the USS INCHON LPH 12 along with the spruance destroyer and the friggit valdez ,yes it was feb no march of 1978 jimmy carter our comander and chief(talk about a loooooozer!)any way there i was ,where was i ,o yes skipper take over i need a smoke! cornish hen where are you block?steve brown from indiana i know you a gun totin fool!

JoeyR
08-28-2004, 21:47
23+ years active duty USAF
Entered active duty in May, 1981.
Tech school, Keesler AFB, Miss. June 1981-Jan 1982. Trained as a 328X4, Avionic Inertial & Radar Navigation Systems Specialist.
42nd BW, Loring AFB, Maine. Feb 1982-Sept 1987. Worked INS/Doppler systems on B-52G and KC-135A aircraft. Loved the old BUFF!
960th AWACS, Keflavick, Iceland. Nov 1987-Nov 1988. Worked on the E-3 AWACS and supported the HH-3E's that the rescue squadron had.
1st SOW, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Nov 1988-Jan 1993. Worked the MH-53J Pavelow, the AC-130H, and the MC-130E. Best assignement of my career. Did lots of fun stuff. Went to Desert Shield/Desert Storm with the 20th SOS, Aug 1990-Mar 1991.
89th AGS, Andrews AFB, Maryland. Jan 1993-Aug 2001. Worked on the VC-137B/C, C-20B/H, VC-9C, C-32A, and C-37A. Professionally rewarding...did alot of stuff that would not be able to do in the rest of the Air Force.
93rd ACW/116th ACW, Robins AFB, Georgia. Sept 2001-present.
This will probobly be my final assignment. The USAF's first blended wing of active duty and ANG personnel. Working on the E-8C JSTARS. Actually, I baby sit 100+ crewchiefs, I make sure that they are fed and cared for...burp them when necessary.

Trent0341
08-30-2004, 13:13
Interesting posts

I'm a tad newer than most of you posting. I joined the Marine Corps in 1997, got out as a Sergeant in 01. My mos was 0341 (81mm mortars)I joined the National Guard in 2002 and was promptly sent off to Iraq. I returned In 2003 and have volunteered to go back. I should be back on ground late 2004 and back mid 2006. I used to have a seabag with all the places I'd been listed but have since lost it. Wish I still had that thing.

MCRD San Diego
SOI Camp Pendleton
MCBH Kaneohe Bay Oahu HI
PTA Hawaii HI (three times)
Camp Hansen Okinawa (twice)
Camp Fuji Japan (twice)
Tindall AFB Australia (twice)
Camp Pohang Korea
Fort Hunter Liggett CA
Arifjan Kuwait
Baghdad Iraq
Tallil AFB Iraq
Camp Bucca Iraq

That covers most of the places. Maybe I'll get lucky and add Afghanistan to this list some time. (ha ha)

1stMarDiv
08-30-2004, 15:48
I graduated from boot camp in San Diego in August, 1983. I was an 0231(intelligence specialist) on active duty. I was with HQ Btry, 3rd Bn., 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA and 3rd Marine Division G-2 on Okinawa. When I was in college I spent a year as an 0331(machine gunner) with Fox Co., 2nd Bn., 23rd Marines USMCR in Las Vegas, NV.

Bill73
09-02-2004, 13:56
I am one of the old f...ts hanging around this forum. I was Army in Korea in the '50s.

TheBelly
09-04-2004, 00:42
OEF
OIF
get my commission May 2005.
then going back, I hope.


Airborne has right of way!


a side note, a girl that had the free choice to do so told me that she didn't like my job. She's welcome for the freedom to tell me that.

I'm thankful for all my brothers and sisters in arms who came before ME and gave me the right to have my own opinion.

gjwheels
09-11-2004, 23:01
Wow. Am I ever getting old. Didn't realize it till I read the years the rest of you served. Put me down for Navy, active duty 2/18/52-2/17/56. Boot in San Diego(Camp Elliot and S.D.), a tour in Kodiak Alaska and my favorite, USS WASP (CVA18) 7th Fleet (Far East) in Air Intelligence. The heighth of the "cold war". The younger guys tease me saying the ships were probably made of wood when I was in. Little do they know, the flight decks were wooden. Lots and lots of great memories of events and shipmates. Talk about an "old salt". 71 y.o. and wish I could go back. I guess our turn is up. God bless and protect those who are taking their turn now to protect this most wonderful nation.

m1marty
09-12-2004, 01:34
Feb. 99 - Feb 03
Ft. Polk La 84th Eng. Co 2/2 ACR
2 years 9 months of that was spent in the field, mostly as 509th
OP-FOR Engineer support. That comes to about three weeks a month in the field. Had some fun times, but man does LA in the summer 'bout kill ya!
Now i'm with the 3/414th ROTC TRAINING CADRE, FT. Lewis WA.(RESERVE)
Work with cadets........yeah.

Rambosky
09-21-2004, 20:36
Vietnam, We were winning when I left.

bdqadvisor
09-23-2004, 08:14
Lots of schools, then three lovely years in a SEA paradise. Advised an ARVN Ranger Bn, a Hoa Hao Buddhist Bn, finished up with a Provincial Reconnaisance Unit.

Best joke: Send the newbie to the First Sergeant to get batteries for a Prick E8.

Buzz_Hog
09-23-2004, 08:31
;z

Roger that, I copy...

10 Bravo Alpha 1100 Novembers are needed...

On their way Sir!! hahaha

Horror
09-26-2004, 12:22
4 Years as MP ( Feldjäger ) in the german army

TCMAC
09-30-2004, 12:45
Air Force 1989-1992. Egress Technician. Stationed RAF Bentwaters England. Multiple TDY's to Germany, Italy, Portugal and Saudi (Desert Storm).

reptiman
09-30-2004, 13:16
Only took 8 pages before I found this thread :) ....
11M/11B

Ft. Benning GA (Basic)
Ft. Stewart, GA (D 3/7 INF) 94-96

OR NG (96-2001)

Deployed to:
Egypt (Bright Star '95)
NTC (Ft. Irwin) 3X, 2 Opfor, 1 Bluefor
Germany (2000)

8 and out. Biggest regret that I have is that I didn't re-up while on AD.

rescue51
10-02-2004, 00:05
USAF active duty, 14 1/2 and still going, firefighter.

1990-93 - Chanute AFB, IL (Closed)
1993-95 - Keesler AFB, MS
1995-96 - Kunsan AB, ROK
1996-01 - Keesler AFB, MS
2001 - Present - Goodfellow AFB, TX (Instructor Duty)

Trips to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for fun in the sun.

APD
10-10-2004, 19:31
11B
Fort Drum
Fort Polk
JSA (Panmunjom)South Korea
Fort Polk

srfl
10-18-2004, 15:10
1983-1989: AFROTC cadel at UPR Det 755 (Rio Piedras, PR)
- (Field Training at McConnell AFB, KS and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA)
1989-1989: Goodfellow AFB, TX - Intel School
1989-1992: Dover AFB, DE - Intel officer (Exec); 436 OSS (AMC)
1993-2004: F.S. Gabreski ANGB, NY - Intel officer (Exec); 106 OSF (AFSOC / NYANG)
Soon (I hope): MacDill AFB, FL - Intel officer; USSOCOM (AFRES)

Deployments to: Operations NORTHERN WATCH (multiple times) and IRAQI FREEDOM

MV22Crewchief
10-19-2004, 15:15
Well here we go

1996-joined the Corp, off to boot camp
Same year went to Camp Geiger for infantry training(screw that)
then after that went to Memphis,TN can't rememeber the Navy base there, for my Basic Aviation school. Well while I was there the Marines had a shortage of Aircrew so I volunteered. I went to Pensacola,Fl for my Aircrew Candidate school. Then went to Brunswick,Maine for S.E.R.E School(POW training, just in case we crash some where they don't liek us ..lol) man that school was rough, wish I could tell you all more but it is classified. From there went back to Jacksonville,NC MCAS New River for my CH46E mechanics school and flight training.
1997- finished school and was attached to HMM-266 "Fighting Griffins"
Went to a lot of places for deployments
2- Med floats
Tons of cross countries to the west coast for Desert training(Yuma, Az Camp Pendelton, Ca) Cold weather training in Bridgeport,Ca. I spent some time in Kosovo. My unit was the first unit in country, we did operations with the Army. Did 2 combat operations there
Operation Noble Anvil
Operation Keep Hope(Gay)
2001-Well a 1000 flight hours later and 4 years later I went to reserve unit by my house in Michigan. Selfridge Air National Gaurd Base.
Got sick of the nasty reserve life and missed flying so I opted for active duty again.
2003- Went back to MCAS New River for MV22 mech school and flight training. Now we are hot and heavy evaluating this thing. In January we are heading off for 4 months to do a lot of training over seas and everywhere else. So over 400 flight hours later here I am . Our squadron is VMX-22 "Aurgonauts" The is X means we are a test squadron, which has it's perks ...lol.


Semper Fi..
Smitty

erikd65
10-22-2004, 17:36
Just retired last year, 1st of September after 20 years (1983-2003). I was an Aircraft Mechanic (Jet engines). I was assigned to the following locations:

Lackland AFB, Texas (1983)
Chanute AFB, IL. (Closed)(1983)
March AFB, CA. (Now a Reserve/Guard base)(1983-1987)
RAF Bentwaters, UK (Closed)(1987-1993)
Fairchild AFB, WA (Last duty station)(1993-2003)

I was deployed to the following locations:

Dharan AB, Suadi Arabia (Desert Storm follow on force)(1991)
Incirlik AB, Turkey (Operation Northern Watch)(2000)
Istres AB, France (Opertaion Joint Forge)(2000)
March ARB, CA (Runway closure at Fairchild)(2001)
Peterson AFB, CO (Leadership school)(2001)
Diego Garcia, BIOT (Operation Enduring Freedom)(2002)
And various other little trips here and there for training etc.

Thats pretty much it in a nutshell...

erikd65

aimtrue
10-29-2004, 16:14
check this out

http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?threadid=293433&highlight=Navy

GRD67
10-30-2004, 18:00
I was drafted in to the Marines,Jan. 19, 1970,boot camp at MCRD,San Diego. My first duty station was at 29 Palms. West Pac orders sent me to Iwakuni, Japan with the 1st Marine Air Wing. When I got my West Pac.orders 50 of us got orders for Japan, when we got to Okinawa they changed all to go to Viet Nam. Only 6 of us went to Japan.

Denny Crane
11-01-2004, 23:26
Was draft exempt, enlisted in the USAF June 68' and they operated to correct hernia.
68' Keesler AFB Miss. School for ECM tech.
69' Austin Tx.
70' Udorn RTAFB Thailand (Whiskey Bar ECM)
71' Ft. Worth TX.
72' Quam
After discharge, went to work for the Navy, NASNI San Diego, AIMD PME 72' to 77' Got tired of big city life and move to a hollow tree in the pacific northwest.
......Denny Crane

Fredhead
11-07-2004, 18:27
USN 1972-1978

cadillacguns
11-08-2004, 09:07
95BP Ret 1996 (US ARMY)

CarlosC
11-11-2004, 13:57
USAF retired here...

1982 Basic training at Lackland AFB, TX
1982 Tech School at Lawry AFB, CO
1983 - 1988 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, A-10A
1988 - 1991 Hahn AB, GE, F-16C/D Block 32
1991 - 1996 Tyndall AFB, FL, F-15 A/B/C/D Pre-MSIP & MSIP
1996 - 1997 Abu Suweir AB, Egypt, F-16 C/D Block 40, Mig 21 equipment
1998 - 2003 Shaw AFB, SC, F-16 C/D Block 50

Desert Storm & Global War on Terrorism vet.

Plenty if TDYs to:
Nellis, George, Gila Bend, Luke, McChord, Hill, Mountain Home, Wright-Patterson, Eglin, Savannah AP, Robins, MCS Albany, Langley, Tucson IA, Spain (Torejon, Moron), Germany (Bittburg, Spangdahlem, Zweibrucken, Ramstein, Sembach), Egypt (Beni Suef, Anshas, Helwan, Cairo West, Gianiclis), Israel (X), Saudi Arabia (PSAB), Jordan (X), Oman (Thumrait, Masirah), Qatar (Camp Doha, Al Udeid), UAE (Al Dhafra), Kuwait (Al Jaber, Ali Al Salem), Turkey (Incirlik, Balikesir, Bandirma), and two other nameless places. I probably forgot a few other places too.

deutscheglocker
11-12-2004, 18:07
CarlosC,

What was your AFSC

I guess we all were at Lackland.
I went to Lowry for training in Precision Measuring Equipment (32430).
Spent a year at Shaw around 70/71

DG

Nathan2003
11-16-2004, 22:51
USN 93 - 02

93 - 94 Memphis TN for AT A-School
VF-143 The World Famous Pukin' Dogs 94 - 99
96 Med Cruise on the USS George Washington
98 World Cruise on the USS John Stennis
AIMD Norfolk 99 - 02

Loved every bit of it, made some great friends, happy to have gotten out. Dont miss it except for the people.

I do sometimes miss the flightdeck though, the smell of the exhaust, roar of the engines. Doing my final checking on a F-14B in full military and only being 10 feet away from the exhaust, teeth about to rattle out of my head then to watch that big ugly bad ***** mother Fuqer take off full of ordy.

The beginning of Top Gun gives me the chills.

Austrailia was probably the best place I have been too. Tazmania was also great, the women there are oooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh so nice.

Ed Ely
11-19-2004, 19:14
Heck, I just hung around.......................
in the USAF from 6-57 to 7-77. Not much to do since this
was the Cold War period. Retired from USAF and went to
work for Sam doing the same thing at three times the pay.

The Air Force treated me well, made Chief in less than
12 years.

Any of you Air Force vets remember 'Pro Pay'?

Ed

PS - Thanx to all of you who served.

stengun
11-22-2004, 17:19
Howdy Everybody,

Arkansas Air National Guard 1-10-82 to 5-83
Basic, Tech school etc. SP/LE ABGD. Sniper/Countersniper, Combat Arms, Missile Silo Security (Yep I passed the "psyche test" which ment if the silo officer would not push the button, I would shoot him, take the key, and push the button myself.).

Texas Air NG 5-83 to 12-85

SP/LE ABGD/Outer Perimeter Security for C-130's. I got to go to Hondruas, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We were providing "humanitarian aide" to the Contras.

USN from 12-85 to 12-88

Gee, this is a tough one! Seal wanna be, but couldn't pass the hearing test. It had already been damaged from firefihgts in Cen. Amer. So, I worked for an ACU catching deserters, body guard/security details (Cannes Film Festive in France twice and the '88 Summer Oylimpics in Korea.) Part of a Med cruise and part of a West Pac. I got to travel (25 countries) and do alot of things because of my training/experince in the ANG. I even voluneetered for "Operation Deep Freeze" running their security program. They wanded me to extend for 1 year, so I passed. Got out as a CWO2.

Plus I worked for Uncle Sam from '84-'85 then again '89-90.


Paul

RussP
04-20-2005, 17:49
Somehow this lost its "Sticky Status"...

Who hasn't signed in?

:cool: :cool:

Jeff82
04-20-2005, 18:23
Originally posted by bdqadvisor
then three lovely years in a SEA paradise. Advised an ARVN Ranger Bn,

My dad did that in '62 at Suc mi (spelling? pronounced: zook me).

It was up north, outside Hue. (way)

G19Tony
04-21-2005, 00:31
Iowa Air Guard 78-82 Weapons System Technician (Fancy name for Bomb Loader) A-7's

USAF 82-88 Bomb Loader F16's, Flight Engineer C-141's

USAFR 89-99 Flight Engineer C-141's

I retired from the USAFR in 99 as a TSgt, which is 3 more stripes than anybody that knew me thought I would get. ;f

I'm a Gulfstream III and IV pilot for a large corporation now.

Thank you all for your service. ;?

Sweet
04-21-2005, 01:31
88-91 19DP Cavalry Scout

Basic/AIT 5-15 CAV Ft. Knox
Basic Airborne School Alpha 1/507th Ft.Benning
2/11th ACR Eaglehorse Fox Trp / HHT S-3 Bad Kissingen Germany
Operation Positive Force Doha Kuwait

ALLONS!

RussP
04-21-2005, 06:09
Originally posted by G19Tony
...I retired from the USAFR in 99 as a TSgt, which is 3 more stripes than anybody that knew me thought I would get. ;f

I'm a Gulfstream III and IV pilot for a large corporation now.

Thank you all for your service. ;? Anyone with any smarts at all knows a USAF TSGT can transition to Gulfstream pilot with no problem!!!!;) ;) ;f ;f :cool:

bdqadvisor
04-21-2005, 09:14
Originally posted by Jeff82
My dad did that in '62 at Suc mi (spelling? pronounced: zook me).

It was up north, outside Hue. (way)

Duc My was the Ranger Training School. I was at the other one, in Trung Lap.

In Vietnamese, a letter D with a bar through it is pronounced almost like the letter Z. Your dad was there in the ealry days (when it was fun) but I got there three years later. Still fun, but only for about the first year. Then the US presence was too big to have fun anymore. Lots of regular army BS then.

reconvic
04-21-2005, 10:33
1st boot camp at Paris Island, then AIT in Legune, then Jungle warefare training in Pendleton.1st tour in the Nam 0311 for 9 months with 2/5 , moved to H&S company as 0341/ Went back to the states and went through Recon School, returned to Nam in 69 with 1st recon Battlion Company C , Team Snakey. Then was hit 4 in the legs.on end of second tour. Medivaced to Japan for 4 months then back to the states as a hand to hand instructor in Paris Island,

GT204
04-22-2005, 00:13
Joined Army Reserves in 94 (yeah quit laughing)
88M transportation
Spent 2004 in Balad, Iraq. Drove to just about every major base in
Iraq and quite a few small ones.

11 years down 9 till retirement.

LBTRS
04-22-2005, 01:24
Active Duty Chief Navy Counselor here. Joined the Navy in August 1986 and retire next year. Served at the following locations:

RTC San Diego 1986
"AT" A School Millington TN 1986-1987
FRAMP Lemoore CA 1987-1988
USS Midway CV-41 Yokosuka Japan 1988-1991
NAMTRAGRUDET Whidbey Island 1991-1994
VQ-1 Whidbey Island 1994-1999
Navy Recruiting District Seattle 1999-2004
Navy Recruiting District Portland 2004-Present

Traveled and seen much of the world and had a blast doing it. Finishing up my Masters Degree now and looking forward to starting my civilian life next year.

palladen1331
04-22-2005, 20:55
ww11 vet. joined the army air corps. in 1942 I was at 15 bases different bases either taking basic training or going to school of some kind finally ended up as flight engineer and top turret gunner on a b24 bomber in the 15th air force station in italy flew my missions and came home

CptDragon
04-23-2005, 23:25
Navy, Or more to the point. Naval Air. ;?
We wore the brown shoes :)
Only thing haze gray and underway I ever saw ( other than the Sara ) was as we went by her on the way back to the beach in a P3C Orion ( she's too big to land aboard ship ) :) I did go on the Sinking Sara ( USS Saratoga ) at Mayport,Fl but, Just long enough to find a friend and get back on the beach.

AntiSubmarine Warfare Operator 2nd Class NEC 7861 (P3C) / 7851 (P3B)
( now the PC term is Aviation Warfare Operator ;T )
Joined in 81, was active until 85. Did a active reserve tour in 97-99. Then again in 2002-2003. Stayed in the inactive reserve the rest of the time until I forgot to run down and re-enlist this last time. ;J ^2

While on active Duty we did the Lajes, Azores / Rota, Spain spilt deployment, A Keflavik, Iceland deployment and DET's to most of the European countries that didn't fall under the old USSR's rule. I ended up with over 3800 hours in the air. They loved to fly back then and it showed.

As one Chief has already pointed out, I got to do more things in those short few years than allot of people get to do in a life time. My only regret was getting off active duty. ( Young and not to bright at looking at things for the long term ~sd ) Reserves were ok but just not the same and being a trucker tended to have me have to make up far too many drill weekends.

Commands:
RTC Orlando - Bootcamp, Airman Apprentice school
NAS Millington - JOBS, AFUN, and AW School
NAS Pensacola - Aircrew School
NAS Jacksonville - VP-30 ( Rag Squadron ) and VP-56 Dragons ( hence the handle ) Active
NAS Belle Chase - VP-94 Crawfishers ( both tours ) Reserves

CptDragon
04-23-2005, 23:49
Originally posted by shrpnl
My favorite gag for newbies was having them get "chem light" batteries, which we all now chem lights are chemical reactions, hence their name. We also would send someone new to get us some canopy lights for our parachutes..... Times were good then.;Y

Or have them go find a few fallopian tubes ( our flight surgeon was a Female LCDR with NO sense of humor ) , some centerline, the tilt meter calibration tool ( had to be aircrew on a P3 to understand that one )

But the best gag of all was having those new ensign's help me " Cal " the M.A.D. gear by waving a broom under the tail boom.
Actually had one not get the joke for almost a month. Some tech finally let him in on the secret. ;T

Those were the days!

TheBelly
04-25-2005, 00:59
A can of muzzle blast

An M203 blank adapter

Grid squares

Blinker fluid

a PRC-E7 (sent them to a different platoon for that one). . . only once it backfired and that PSG came gunning for me and my buddy. He had just gotten off the DS trail and was real excited about meeting us. We went for a run, found a log, brought it back, then painted it. . all at that PSGs 'request.'

BinLurking
04-26-2005, 15:35
Originally posted by LBTRS
Active Duty Chief Navy Counselor here. Joined the Navy in August 1986 and retire next year. Served at the following locations:

RTC San Diego 1986
"AT" A School Millington TN 1986-1987
FRAMP Lemoore CA 1987-1988
USS Midway CV-41 Yokosuka Japan 1988-1991
NAMTRAGRUDET Whidbey Island 1991-1994
VQ-1 Whidbey Island 1994-1999
Navy Recruiting District Seattle 1999-2004
Navy Recruiting District Portland 2004-Present

Traveled and seen much of the world and had a blast doing it. Finishing up my Masters Degree now and looking forward to starting my civilian life next year. NCC, your CO at Seattle was a Bubblehead, right? ;f

LBTRS
04-26-2005, 17:52
Originally posted by BinLurking
NCC, your CO at Seattle was a Bubblehead, right? ;f

Which CO, I had five of them while I was there? I think a couple of them were. Do we know one another?

BinLurking
04-26-2005, 19:32
Originally posted by LBTRS
Which CO, I had five of them while I was there? I think a couple of them were. Do we know one another? CDR "D. R.", he left right around 2000. And no, you and I don't know each other, I just happen to know him. He is retired now.

LBTRS
04-26-2005, 20:33
Originally posted by BinLurking
CDR "D. R.", he left right around 2000. And no, you and I don't know each other, I just happen to know him. He is retired now.

Oh yes, my first and favorite CO. CDR R. was a great guy, have some great stories about him when he would travel out to visit my station. He was definitely a Nuke.

If you ever see him ask him about driving an hour out of his way to see the "Stuffed Bear" and then tromping through the mud and cow sh** in his uniform just so he could "pet the cow". In the middle of no where with cows everywhere and he couldn't believe he could get that close to a cow.

We laughed about that for years after he left. Mud up to the knees of his Khaki’s and it didn't slow him down a bit.

BNSF
04-27-2005, 02:44
mine is GS14 classified, level 4 (civilian equivalent). I can't tell you what I do or have done for the past 20 years. I hope to keep serving past 30 active duty years. I love serving.

A warm salute to all of you my comrades.


See you at the O-club.

Bumpadrum
04-27-2005, 15:50
Joined the Army on my 17th birthday, signed up for Airborne with every intention of making a career as a Special Forces officer. Got assigned to the 82nd Abn. Div. while waiting orders to cross the street at Ft. Bragg and start S.F. training. Instead, the Army reassigned 2 full Brigades of us to the 101st Abn. Div. and ships the lot of us to RVN. There I was Forward Observer, attatched to the 3/187th Airborne Infantry, directing artillery barrages and air strikes while humping the boonies with a Recon Platoon. After 'Nam I was assigned to the 2nd Armor Division at Ft. Hood Tx, Gen. Patton's outfit. My aspirations of a military career were long gone, and I rode it out until I got honorably discharged the day before I turned 20. Still love to shoot AR's and jump out of planes though.

Azwanderer
04-28-2005, 04:21
Joined the Army right after graduation in '86. Started out as a 11b, after AIT I was offered paratrooper school. Passed that and was stationed in a non airborne unit in Germany. Mainz 8th ID. Signed up for Ranger School. Kicked my ***** but I made it out, lost 22 pounds during the school and I was already skinny. But it was really the best learning experiance I had in the Army. You never really know what your capable of until you live through it. Stayed a Ranger until medicly discharged in Jan '94. Served in alot of places both training and actual. Last mission was just to much and I got out with PTSD. Slowly got it back together...then Iraq started and I just feel guilty because I can't do anything to help out.

srfl
04-28-2005, 05:28
Originally posted by Azwanderer
(SNIP) Slowly got it back together...then Iraq started and I just feel guilty because I can't do anything to help out.

Azwanderer: don't feel guilty...you served your country and fellow troops with honor and dedication....from an USAF vet to an USA vet: thanks for your service!

AIRBORNE!

RussP
04-28-2005, 11:30
Originally posted by srfl
Azwanderer: don't feel guilty...you served your country and fellow troops with honor and dedication....from an USAF vet to an USA vet: thanks for your service!

AIRBORNE! Azwanderer, I'll ditto what srfl said and add, "Hold your head high and square your shoulders. You earned that right."

Rockrivr1
04-28-2005, 12:52
I joined the Navy in 1985 and was stationed on board the USS Midway attached to VF-161. This was the last deployed F-4 squadron in the Navy along with it's sister squadron VF-151. Man I loved those jets. I was an Aviation Electrician and those planes were held together with blood, sweat, chewing gum and duct tape. ;P

I then trasistioned to VFA-195, an F/A-18 squardon that replaced the F-4s on the Midway (Grey Lady). I left the service in 1990, just as the Gulf War was starting. During my time in we were always dealing with those pescy Iranians and thier speed boat attacks on tankers. Not sure if many people remember that time. It was funny because those guys would take off from Iran with their ancient F-14 Tomcats that we sold them and head for my carrier. We'd scramble the alert 5 and those guys would tuck tail and run for home every time. They supposedly had some anti ship missiles, but they never let one fly at us. Figured we'd turn them into glass if that ever happened.

You know, if I would of stayed in I would be retiring this year. Hummmm

Leathercrafter
04-29-2005, 04:07
Rockrivr1:

Sure, I remember those ol' F-4's. Though not an airdale type, I was on the sister ship of the Midway - USS Coral Sea - from '77 - '80. Was there when they did the rescue attempt of the hostages from Iran. We did over 100 days straight at sea, which back then was a very loooong time.

Rockrivr1
04-29-2005, 07:09
Leathercrafter,

I remember passing the Coral Sea once or twice as we trasitioned leave time at Subic Bay. Something about not having two carriers in port at the same time. Guess they thought we'd get into trouble that way. ;)

Man those long deployments really sucked. If I remember correctly our longest deployment was 91 days without seeing land. It was during Christmas time and I remember Bob Hope came onboard with a group of hot looking female dancers. Of course they had armed Marine escorts the whole time. Hummmmm, I always wondered who was watching the armed Marines.

Did you get those always fun Steel Beach Outings and the Two Beer night? They weren't bad. They don't compare to Wog Day though! Hehehehehehe ;f

TheBelly
04-29-2005, 07:49
Originally posted by Azwanderer
Joined the Army right after graduation in '86. Started out as a 11b, after AIT I was offered paratrooper school. Passed that and was stationed in a non airborne unit in Germany. Mainz 8th ID. Signed up for Ranger School. . . .then Iraq started and I just feel guilty because I can't do anything to help out.

AIRBORNE!!!!

Lead the way, Ranger!!!

You're still serving, even the thoughts of service help all of us out!!!

RussP
04-29-2005, 08:04
Originally posted by TheBelly
AIRBORNE!!!!

Lead the way, Ranger!!!

You're still serving, even the thoughts of service help all of us out!!! Well put TheBelly, well put!!!:cool: :cool:

Leathercrafter
04-29-2005, 17:55
Rockrivr1:

There were too many steel beach parties to count. Never did get to do the two beer night. And the best we got for entertainment was SECNAV. ;g Yep, also got to do the Wog Day festivities - that'll be a day that lives on in infamy. ;f

Berlin Kid
05-11-2005, 21:38
Lot's of posts to this thread. Joined the Army in October, 1962, Ft. Gordon, GA...27 months in Berlin, Germany. 592nd Signal Corp, Comm Center Specialist/Crypto. Berlin was a great city...wall had gone up before I got there. Lot's of people (daily occurrence) coming over from the East. Border guards would open up on them, we would fire back once they got so far. Some of them were pretty creative in their escape attempts.

Berlin has three major forests and a lake. Never knew what you would dig up when preparing a foxhole. Never found anything but heard of some guys finding pistols leftover from WWII.

My user name comes from a local bier there, Berliner Kindl. Tried to deplete the supply but couldn't. It is still being brewed some forty plus years later.

Think I will have a cool one in respect for all of my fellow GT veterans.

J&J13
05-17-2005, 14:10
Howdy, everyone, and Thanks for your service!

I was:
US Army MOS 63E10/20 (M1 Abrams Tanks Systems Mechanic)
1984-86 Garlstadt, 2nd AD Fwd, West Germany HHC 2/66 Armor
1986-88 Ft. Benning, GA HHC 1/69 Armor

US Army MOS 74C10/20 (Telecommunications Systems Operator/Maintainer)
1996-1998 Camp Walker, Taegu, South Korea 1/69 Sig Bn
1998-2000 Campbell Bks Heidelberg, GE HHC 181st Sig Co, 43d Sig Bn

(To tell you the truth, I prefer playing in the mud than with 'puters)

Cheers, Ya'll

Glock19xdsc
05-24-2005, 14:47
91B (later changed to 91A)

Basic at Fort Jackson, SC (Late '83)
AIT at Fort Sam Houston, TX (Late '83/Early '84)
1/2ACR, Bindlach, Germany (Early '84 - Late '86; I extended for a year)

HHT
Attached to C TRP
Attached to D Co

armybass
05-26-2005, 22:49
Joined the Army in 96 as a 02U and just got out last month after 9 years. Loved it, miss it.

Fred Hansen
05-26-2005, 23:36
Joined the Navy on my 17th birthday (DEP)

9 months later Boot in Orlando Feb. 80

April 80 Mineman A School in Charleston, S.C. (Love S.C.)

Sept. 80 Mobile Mine Assembly Group Det. 10 Kadena A.F.B.

April 82 M.O.M.A.G. Det.(later to be Unit 3) Discharged April 1984


Great people, good times, good fun, lots of hard - once in a while dangerous - work, and I would do it all over again if I could.

This country has blessed me since the day I was born. I'd give my life if it would keep America safe.


;?

milkcartonkid
05-28-2005, 16:12
Boot at Great Mistakes, IL Oct92-Dec92, then on to the Naval Damage Control Training Center, Philadelphia Naval Yard in Jan-Mar93 for HT "A" school.
Stationed aboard the United States Navy's Finest Warship, the USS Lake Erie CG70 and was part of her Pre-Commissioning Crew (Fellow Plankowners! Where you at?) commissioned in July 93 (First Ship Ever commissioned at Pearl Harbor, HI) Numerous OPPE's and REFTRA's, Fleet Workups with the "Connie" near Sand Dog and then a WESTPAC Nov94-May95 where i worked as an Aircrew Rescueman on the Crash and Smash team for Flight Quarters. I was part of the Operation:Restore Hope Marine removal Flotilla at Mogadishu Somalia in Mar95. That was sweet. after getting out i played around and decided to get my EMT cert and work on College so i needed a career. Reenlisted in May 04 in the Air Force and am currently at Sheppard AFB TX going to Aerospace EMT school. Wish me luck!

A grateful Nation thanks all of Her Fighting Men and Women and Her Veterans! and so do I.

My Maternal Grandfather:
Paul Nelson Thomas, BM3 (Seabee) Catalina Islands, WWII
Called home by His God to be with his Friends and Family who went before him in Oct85. Joined with His Loving Wife in 1987.
R.I.P.

trapfan
05-30-2005, 18:42
Since Dad is gone now I will post for him.
Inducted 8-Sep-1960 FT. Wayne Detroit Mi.
Basic Training- FT. Hood Tex.-2nd Armored Div. Co-B, 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 35th Armor.
AIT- FT.Knox KY. 10 weeks USAARMS
MOS- 424.10 Turret Maintenance/Company Armorer
Leave for FT. Dix N.J. 5-Mar-1961
Shipped to Germany 7-Mar-1961
Arrived- Bayreuth, Germany 14-Mar-1961
Assigned- A-Troop, 1st Recon Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry APO 441 US FORCES
Served as Czechoslovakian border patrol unit company armorer while in Germany providing maintenance and repair on weapons ranging from .38 revolver through 90MM main tank weapon.
Was at Christensen Barracks Bindlach, W. Germany and the towns of Hof, and Bayreuth W. Germany.
Discharged-Early release overseas returnee 27-Aug-1962 FT. Hamilton N.Y.
Dad then came back home to mom went to work at a defense contractor (Cadillac Gage) working on tank main gun stabilization systems/small arms and had me in the mid sixties. My dad was very proud of his service and so am I. I now take this time to thank ALL the men and women who have and continue to serve this country.....Thank you one and all. Please note that with all the info above I almost could not have had dad put away with military honors as I could not find his DD-214. Please be sure to file and make copies of this very important document for your family's/loved ones sakes. Trapfan

Diver1
06-03-2005, 09:42
Joined USAF in 1953 after High School. Basic at Lackland, Munitions
school at Lowery AFB, Denver, then to Carswell AFB in Fort Worth for
about 19 months, then to 3rd ADS (Aviation Depot Squadron), Andersen AFB, Guam, MI. Discharged as Staff Sergeant in March, 1957. (Loved Guam).

sweetbutsassy
06-05-2005, 19:28
Joined USAF in '86, was a mechanic (no kidding) with the 3rd MOB at Tinker, then 18 Trans in Okinawa. As a young, pretty mechanic in the mil, my motives were questioned by the men around me. Got called/accused of several things: dyke, what was I trying to prove, etc. But when it came down to it, I needed a job so I could support myself and I loved my country. My brothers did it, why couldn't I? I gained ALOT from that experience (my sister says it is why I am the way I am today). I work with vets now and I love to shoot. Guess I didn't do half-bad?

Diver1
06-07-2005, 05:16
Hey, Sweetbut sassy, I'm proud of you. Forget what the jerks had to say about you, you were probably a better mechanic anyway. That's probably why they were the way they were. . .they were jealous.

sweetbutsassy
06-07-2005, 06:12
Thanks Diver 1. :) There were those that appreciated me and my efforts (not in my shop however). I admit, I wasn't the best mechanic--my shop wasn't interesting in training me because of their biases. My family feels the military changed me--not for the good either. If I had it to do over, I probably would. However I would want to know what I know now, not what I knew then. I was a young, dumb 18 year old who didn't know that I had rights and didn't have to tolerate the blaring, frequent abuse that I received. But I am here, I survived.

RussP
06-07-2005, 11:23
Sweetbutsassy, it is a shame anytime discrimination occurs, no matter what form it takes.

Thanks for serving and thanks for choosing USAF.

RussP
USAF '67 - '71
The good ol' days!!!

sweetbutsassy
06-07-2005, 19:36
I feel better. My third time at the range this week. AHHHHH Thanks RussP :)

RussP
06-07-2005, 20:51
Originally posted by sweetbutsassy
I feel better. My third time at the range this week. AHHHHH Thanks RussP :) Doggone woman, that's good shooting...

What are you shooting?

:cool: :cool:

sweetbutsassy
06-07-2005, 21:11
RussP,

I'm shooting a G17. I have another target from tonight that has chunks taken out of center but there are a few embarrasing flyers.. ^<wg so I chose this one. I've been shooting since October. Been a dozen or so times. I really enjoy it. Hope to better my skills with time. I shoot with one eye closed. Working on that too. Also breathe at wrong time and squeeze trigger wrong. ARGH. At least I know what my problems are! But still not a bad target!

Hope to move up to the big guns one day! WHEW!

sweetbutsassy
06-07-2005, 21:20
OK RussP, I had three targets tonight. I showed you one, the other is also good. Here is the "chunk" one with the embarrasing flyers. HAHA I won't hide it from you. I have good days at the range and I have bad....what am I saying? Every day I can make it to the range is a good day!

cadillacguns
06-08-2005, 07:38
US ARMY 1975-1996 Retired 95BP.

RussP
06-08-2005, 16:36
Originally posted by sweetbutsassy
OK RussP, I had three targets tonight. I showed you one, the other is also good. Here is the "chunk" one with the embarrasing flyers. HAHA I won't hide it from you. I have good days at the range and I have bad....what am I saying? Every day I can make it to the range is a good day! Amen!!!!!!

Good shooting...:cool:

buddyRoland
06-08-2005, 17:40
Fort Lewis, WA 9th ID DDC, 1981-1983
Frankfurt, Germany 1983-1986
Fort Bragg, NC 1986-1989
Berlin, Germany, 1989-1992
PERSINSCOM, Alexandria, VA 1992-1996
Won't Name Organization, VA 1995-2001
US Forces Korea, Taegu, 2001-2002
Fort Hood, TX, 1st Cav, 2002-2003 (Retired)

And a whole bunch of whole bunch of...
Fort Jackson
Fort Ben Harrison
Fort Gordon
Wiesbaden AB

hogship
06-10-2005, 20:03
U.S.Army 67-70
135th Assault Helicopter Co.
Republic of Vietnam
Oct 1, 1968 to Oct 1, 1969

You can visit my personal Vietnam photo album using the url in my signature at the bottom of this post. (cut and paste it, or copy it onto the address bar)

hog

http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1409245/16431618.jpg

sweetbutsassy
06-10-2005, 20:34
Hog,

I just finished viewing your pictures. Thank you for sharing your experience with me/us. I was just a baby when those pics were snapped. I want to thank you and others like you who have fought for our freedom. Unfortunately, freedom is not free. One of the things I like about where I work is that I get the oportunity to talk with veterans about their experiences--the good, bad, and ugly. Vietnam vets are probably the ones I come into most contact with. Ok, I take that back: Vietnam vets are usually the ones that converse most regularly with me, although we have lots of aged vets and the insurgence of young-new-to-the-system vets. I enjoy hearing the stories veterans tell. Many are sad or angry stories. But, like your pictures, alot of them are filled with fond memories of good friends: those who made it and those who didn't.

God bless you Hog
;?

RussP
06-11-2005, 19:51
Great photos, Hog...

Thanks for sharing...!!!

:cool:

hogship
06-12-2005, 20:32
Hey, thanks Russ P. and Sweetbutsassy.....

Those photos aren't anything special....average, really. I suppose what IS special is they were taken at all. There are so many veterans that look back now and wish they'd have taken a couple of roles of film, like I did.....but they didn't, just like so many others who didn't take any pictures either. I can count the number of times I took my Kodak Instamatic camera along with me on flight operations on one hand....you see the results of those times.

(I still have that camera, BTW!)

Let this be a lesson to you future/current veterans.....buy a camera and take some photos. Not very many of your buddies will.....and someday, maybe 50yrs down the road, you'll thank your lucky stars that you did!

hog

sweetbutsassy
06-12-2005, 20:41
Good evening Hog. Yeah, I have boxes of pictures from my military service. Fun to look back and see how young I was. My 10 year old laughs at the hairstyles, clothes, etc. I have many memories of the friendships that were created during my tours. There were things that I didn't like about the military, but I sure do miss the friendships. I wish I had taken more pictures.

frefoo
06-14-2005, 00:53
I signed up with USAF in 1994 went Active Duty in 1995. I was trained as a 2Ax31b (F-15/F-111 avionics).

In 1996 I went to Saudi the day before Kohbar Towers was hit.

The terrorists hit my building (main target after they failed to get past the gates) and it was destroyed. As a result we soon moved to "Al's Garage"

My squadron went back to Saudi 2 more times during my enlistment (1999). Also were trips to Iceland/Vegas etc in the meantime.

My "reserve contract" was up in 2002.

I would not be where I am at today without the USAF or better yet the USA.

RussP
06-15-2005, 09:15
Originally posted by hogship
Hey, thanks Russ P. and Sweetbutsassy.....
...
Let this be a lesson to you future/current veterans.....buy a camera and take some photos. Not very many of your buddies will.....and someday, maybe 50yrs down the road, you'll thank your lucky stars that you did!

hog Amen, hogship...

My son is in the Sandbox now and is taking pictures. He photographed the Purple Heart Ceremony for a soldier in his Brigade and sent the CD with over a hunderd images to the soldier's Mom... made her day.

This is me in '69. Of course I photoshopped the flag in.
http://fototime.com/FB02F9680DC926E/standard.jpg

Clean, dry flight suit means this was before a mission.

:cool:

sweetbutsassy
06-15-2005, 16:30
RussP,

That is a cool picture! You did a great job!