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AKA
03-08-2006, 10:07
Your Best Duty Station?

Please for give me if this has already been covered but I could not find it if it was.

Mine was clearly South Korea-Land of the Morning Calm.

Cigarettes ten cents per pack, drinks fifteen cents each and a very exotic land to wander around in. I turned 21 years old sitting in the NCO club sipping a beverage.

I was stationed in a compound near North Korea in 1961-1962. People were seldom killed except by old ordnance left from combat.

GreenBeret1631
03-08-2006, 11:33
Originally posted by AKA
Your Best Duty Station?

Please for give me if this has already been covered but I could not find it if it was.

Mine was clearly South Korea-Land of the Morning Calm.

Cigarettes ten cents per pack, drinks fifteen cents each and a very exotic land to wander around in. I turned 21 years old sitting in the NCO club sipping a beverage.

I was stationed in a compound near North Korea in 1961-1962. People were seldom killed except by old ordnance left from combat.

Hmmm. Well it wasn't the Land of the Morning Calm! I was in Korea 1951 - 1952 in the 27th Inf. Regiment 25th ID. (Wolfhound!) They were still shooting at us in those days!

My favorite duty station was in Osaka, Japan 1948 - '49 while serving with the 25th Division Signal Company. I Served in the Occupation of Japan from JUN '47 to OCT '49 I learned to love Japan and its people.

reconvic
03-08-2006, 15:01
I was a chaser for the MArines and Navy.Bring in the men UA, or commited other crimes.I was at the Brooklyn Navy Yard brig, and they would pay us extra to drive them to Virgina, we weree armed with 45's.Never had a problem. That was my last 4 months in the Corps.

fnfalman
03-08-2006, 17:21
Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. It ain't exotic but I sure had a lot of fun there.

KNEESINTHEBREEZ
03-09-2006, 10:33
Ft. Bragg - well, it was my ONLY duty station so what else could I pick? ;f

AirAssault
03-09-2006, 13:01
Originally posted by fnfalman
Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. It ain't exotic but I sure had a lot of fun there.

:cool:

Bearcat06
03-09-2006, 14:08
Schofield Barracks Hawaii and Aschaffenburg Germany were by far my 2 favorite places to play Army at.....

rangerruck
03-10-2006, 01:47
Originally posted by Bearcat06
Schofield Barracks Hawaii and Aschaffenburg Germany were by far my 2 favorite places to play Army at..... ditto to schofield, so far away from the world, no polits ever came over for photos, or for paperwork in triplicate. most ops were squad sized , then platoon.

gunman_23
03-10-2006, 01:50
Originally posted by KNEESINTHEBREEZ
Ft. Bragg -

+1, the only good sources of women were in Charlotte but I have the fondest memories from there. Hence why my avatar is my old D.U.I

Big Time
03-10-2006, 03:38
Wiesbaden Germany! Excellant location,great beer,girls waiting to meet you,great shopping,cool bars,nice weather. I was stationed at the air base.

KNEESINTHEBREEZ
03-13-2006, 13:48
Originally posted by gunman_23
+1, the only good sources of women were in Charlotte but I have the fondest memories from there. Hence why my avatar is my old D.U.I

I must disagree - surely you forget Chapel Hill!;) BTW, you were with 112th, eh? PM inbound.

BADSBSNF81
03-14-2006, 16:20
Greece, north of Thessaloniki, before it got nasty in Yugoslavia.

gsr
03-14-2006, 18:38
Merrill Barracks, Nurnburg, West Germany. 10 miniutes to downtown, and all that has to offer.;)

gunman_23
03-15-2006, 07:30
Originally posted by KNEESINTHEBREEZ
I must disagree - surely you forget Chapel Hill!;) BTW, you were with 112th, eh? PM inbound.

NOPE! I didnt forget Chapel Hill. I said Charlotte for three reasons,

1. 85% of the joes go to Raleigh. (Only town outside of Fayetteville that the women know the Army pay scale better than DFAS)

2. 10% of the joes are "smarter" and go to Chapel Hill

3. I have family in Hickory NC, so I have an inside line on the good bars, and no need to pay for a hotel or risk a DUI. (Not trying to say I am smarter than the rest of the good hearted joes of Bragg)

ejhamm
03-15-2006, 09:43
Ft. Lewis WA ..... Loved it!

jmears06
03-16-2006, 16:03
Mine was at Osan, Korea 1974-75. Best kept secret in the Air Force.

truxrme
03-16-2006, 16:10
How about Fort Livingroom, Anytown, USA

torrejon224
03-16-2006, 17:30
Torrejon, Spain! 12 miles from Madrid and party, party, party all the time!

Cava3r4
03-22-2006, 09:45
Camp Casey South Korea, 1966
I was a lucky man. I "volunteered" and ended up working on the rifle range. HHC7XTF which was Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 7th Inf. Div. Train Fire Committee.
Had it made. I was 19 and I was on R&R for 13 months.
I went to Nam after that with A troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Inf. Div. I was a replacement FNG. NOT a GOOD EXPERIENCE!!
Funniest part is I enlisted for "Armored Europe" as I wanted to chase all those German Fraulines around (with my last name being Schneider!!) Never got there...so much for those "army guarantees"
:supergrin:
bob

sgtslwilson
03-24-2006, 13:13
Vilseck, Germany

Rose Barracks...I had a blast!

APD
03-24-2006, 21:12
I enjoyed Camp Bonifas South Korea the most(great job) but would not want to go back.
I would easily return time and time again to Fort Polk,LA. I was there 2 times and loved the small post atmosphere and the boonies. Louisiana can take a leap but Polk rocked.

E4E
03-28-2006, 22:53
Little place called Diego Garcia.

My own were a hand selected bunch of cut throats.

We were surrounded with sheep.

No Civillian trash to behold to.

The Sharks in the Lagoon were honest, and pretty much only bothered the reef fish and the TCN's.

The rain was warm, and the sunburn wasn't bad.

Would go back in a heart beat.

E4E

Sundancer
03-29-2006, 12:47
Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen, Germany....Beautiful country,
Pretty women, fantastic scenery.......The gasthauses were
pretty interesting, too.......

MOLON LABE 2
03-30-2006, 17:58
1. Hof Salle, West-(but just barely)-Germany. Within the 5k Zone (almost the same as a "forbidden Zone" to other Military.) Bike distance to Bayreuth, Oberkatzau, and ten or more small Dorfs filled with appreciative natives and their daughters (only found ONE veteran who served at the "Ost Front" (read: all the rest were shooting at Russians, not Amerikaners). Literally TONS of crystal, china, gold- and silver-ware, clocks, guns, arts and crafty souvenirs, etc. Combining the best of Bier, Beethoven and Broads. Town full of heritage. Opera Haus, many parks, Bier Gartens unfrequented by most American Indians (if you catch my drift.)Exchange-rate was 500-to-one, because the greenbacks were flowing across the minefields to the Ost Zone. Otherwise, one Mark equals one Quarter (four to one). Too much German passion to describe on this site. But "The Twist" was all the rage (clothes optional.) Could get anything you wanted for a sealed 33 1/3 record of Bob Dylan or Joan Baez, and an English recording of the Beatles (Most of their songs were only available in German, in the town, was worth food, rent and "comforts" for a month.) Erica Bar, EisCafe, Die Traube, Die Wein Stube, Mom's, Jake's, the surrounding Bavarian forests (for going on "Maneuvers"), and most nearby towns available for 3-day break "occupations." Really had to behave there to keep it nice for the next flights. Would retire there in a minute.

2. Da Nang, Viet Nam. Yeah, you read it right. 24/7 duty, before that phrase was the buzz-word it is now. Attache to Ambassador Burgess in the U.S. Consulate, just across the street from the French Consulate, (France was friendly then.....VERY friendly) and 6 blocks from Canadian Consulate (also cuddly and loved Marlboros), which was 3 streets from Black Beach, and one mile from China Beach. Safe-hand Courier between the Navy, USMC, Army, Air Force, CIA, and ARVN HQs, electronic observer, interrogator and translator for the Air Force and Marine Corps, also with CORDS Chieu Hoi relocation Ops, black-bag courier (Robert McNamara was hidden in the bag) for Air America to the north up to Hue, and the same for Air Viet Nam to the south as far as Hoi An. Several black-bag missions into A Shau, Picadilly, Ho's Trail, where I was nothing but lucky. Also taught English for USAID in the evenings when I "wasn't busy" (!), and volunteered my week-ends to go into Da Nang City and teach English to the kids whose parents had no money to pay for school. Every kid has a momma, y' know. "Inhale, inject, inseminate, interrogate, investigate, infiltrate, de-animate" all in the job description. Learned how to swim in rice paddies, stay perfectly still for 10 hours, and kill anyone, man or woman, up to four or five times. OJT. Yup, I'd go back in an instant, but that would just ruin several years of extensive therapy and very expensive, addicting drugs. Neither of which gave me warm fuzzies, and besides, "my Viet Nam" isn't there anymore. I hear. In my dreams.

WIG19
03-31-2006, 11:12
West Berlin, late 60's, when it was still occupied.
Over 4DM to the $ and my duties also let me run around the East at will to see contrast between their system & ours, and where currency exchange was 10 East marks to 1 West Mark - made for some cheap Christmas shopping. I think today with fondness on several of the people I met over there, representing a variety of nationalities and political persuasions. Polished my German there and when I got back into college was chided for my "accent" and not speaking proper German.

By the time my partners & I got done we had the whole Soviet Order of Battle mapped out, confirming what we already knew. We were a tiny speed bump in the path of several mechanized divisions. What a tour; I should get back now that the wall's down...

:patriot:

ranger88
04-04-2006, 23:50
My favorite assignment was the Sinai peninsula, Egypt late 1998-early 1999. I was part of the MFO and served with 2/505 PIR, 82d Airborne Division. Great chow hall, beautiful Beach at South Camp and R'nR in Israel. Eilat has a topless beach that is quite nice and certainly better than the OP's that we were stuck on most of the time.

Ft. Bragg sucked a fat one. They didn't call it Fayette"nam" for nothing.

I was in Aschaffenberg (West Germany) with the 1/7 Mechanized Infantry from February of 1986 to February of !998. Lovely town, wish to go back and see it from a civilian point of view someday.

Xenogy
04-06-2006, 12:51
Osan Korea - Disney land of the Air Force. 78 bars and clubs within a square mile at the time I was there in 2001-02.

Ramstein Germany - All of Europe within a few hours drive.

BilltheCat
04-13-2006, 16:51
dunno. kadena? Ut? Bentwaters? I think I liked the TDY's better. Spain, Portugal, Germany, England, Japan, Taiwan, Austrailia, New Zealand! Yes NZ ! Gawd I wish I could go back to NZ.

cautery
04-14-2006, 01:39
MFO Sinai... Had duties that took me to both North and South Camp (et al.) Spent every second I could in Israel... Loved those folks and they loved us. Israelis dig pilots period. Showed up at the IDF Flight School graduation with a buddy of mine as reps of the US Contingent/MFO, and they treated us like true dignitaries. They assigned us THE most beautiful female Israeli officers as escorts that I have ever seen. They were professional of course, but man... We used to say that they HAD to be putting something in the water over there. :)

Something about a cute, 20-something female with her beret in her epaulet, uniform shirt cocked just to the edge of her shoulder, and loaded CAR-15 slung across that shoulde... Just gets you... :) We went dancing at a place called the Underground in Jerusalem (actually art of the old catacombs)... in uniform, and the girls were locked and loaded the whole time.. even while dancing. Surreal... Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans, et al... all partying together... No tension at all...

Couldn't beat the prices we got for rooms in the big hotels on the Med either... Like $35.00 a night or something...

Shopping in the palestinian quarter of the market/bazaar in Jerusalem's old city... And I could go back and spend years learning the history there...

Other than the mystery bug I picked up in the desert, it was the best time I ever had.

Canadians... (CanCon) always had the best beer... learned steel darts there...

Where I learned that New Zealand really knows how to produce outstandingly beautiful, independent and smart women.

Learned more about different cultures on that sad little 1 mile square of desert than in all the many other countries I ever "visited".

Fijians had a really cool ceremony they put on when they made whatever that drink was from the roots? they had sent in from home...

And of course the US Warrant Officers had the "Oh No" lounge... great folks lots of fun.

And bar none, the greatest experience I ever had while I was there was the few precious times I got to pull pitch in the early morning from the pads at North Camp.... Just after breaking through the thin fog layer, you could look to the East-North-East and see that line in the sand where the desert gave way to the most beautiful emerald green you've ever seen in your life...

ranger88
04-14-2006, 03:16
Amen, brother.

Sweet
04-14-2006, 03:38
Daley Barracks, Bad Kissingen Germany 89-91

After leaving 15 years ago I am still in contact with the friends I made there...I cant wait to go back!

FDC
04-14-2006, 04:53
Vicenza, Italy.

Of course I'm on my third time being stationed at Ft Bragg, NC and really can't complain.

USDefender
04-21-2006, 13:29
Stuttgart, Germany - Best beer in the world (Hofbrau). ;)

Beautiful & clean city with excellent clubs. However, my experience was enriched because I took the time to actually learn the language. There were times when it was just me & my German friends...

Hell yes I'd love to go back. Want to take my wife. ( If the Germans ever get their heads outta their arses politically speaking... :upeyes: )

snowbird
04-23-2006, 17:05
We complained at the time that Fort Ord was the armpit of California, but actually it was more like the resort of the army. First night in the Reception Barracks, old wooden two-storey WW2 buildings, where we pulled Firewatch guard duty, I kept hearing this faint noise that sounded great but I couldn't quite place it for awhile. Then I realized it was Pacific surf. We ran to the beach firing range to blast away with our M-14s from sandy foxholes. And some training lectures were in outdoor ampitheaters amongst hills with yellow grass and green oak trees here and there.

Plus I got to drive the sports car of the army, the M151A1 Jeep.

We complained even more in Korea, 1968-69. An old sergeant predicted that someday we'd regard these as the best days of our lives. Looking back, I have mostly great memories, so he was kinda right, but I've got some even better family memories now that were acquired on civvie street.

Incidently, this is my first post at this site. Great forum! I found out about it from a Mas Ayoob article in a magazine.

SW.FLA.glocker
04-23-2006, 17:23
Originally posted by FDC
Vicenza, Italy.

Of course I'm on my third time being stationed at Ft Bragg, NC and really can't complain.

I spent 4 of the best years of my life in Vicenza!!!(88-92). Then I went to Bragg and realized how bad the rest of the Army sucked. I would reenlist if they would give me Vicenza again.

RussP
04-24-2006, 12:27
Originally posted by snowbird
We complained at the time that Fort Ord was the armpit of California, but actually it was more like the resort of the army. First night in the Reception Barracks, old wooden two-storey WW2 buildings, where we pulled Firewatch guard duty, I kept hearing this faint noise that sounded great but I couldn't quite place it for awhile. Then I realized it was Pacific surf. We ran to the beach firing range to blast away with our M-14s from sandy foxholes. And some training lectures were in outdoor ampitheaters amongst hills with yellow grass and green oak trees here and there.

Plus I got to drive the sports car of the army, the M151A1 Jeep.

We complained even more in Korea, 1968-69. An old sergeant predicted that someday we'd regard these as the best days of our lives. Looking back, I have mostly great memories, so he was kinda right, but I've got some even better family memories now that were acquired on civvie street.

Incidently, this is my first post at this site. Great forum! I found out about it from a Mas Ayoob article in a magazine. Welcome to GT, snowbird!!

I was up the road from you at Vandenberg AFB in '68 and again in '70. Spent a few months at Osan AB in early '68 thanks to the Pueblo incident.

Bren
04-26-2006, 18:18
Originally posted by SW.FLA.glocker
I spent 4 of the best years of my life in Vicenza!!!(88-92). Then I went to Bragg and realized how bad the rest of the Army sucked. I would reenlist if they would give me Vicenza again.

Bamberg, Germany - Then I also went to Bragg and also realized how bad the rest of the Army sucked.

SCmasterblaster
04-26-2006, 19:45
FLEASWTRACENPAC San Diego, CA. 1974, 1976-77.

It was a thrill to see CV60, CV-63, CV64, and even an occasional CVN-65 going past our little pier where Harbor & Nimitx Blvds meet. Plus all of the small boys.

God bless the USN!

meeko
04-27-2006, 19:51
Malmstrom AFB Montana. Dosen't get any better than Montana. Hunting, fishing and outdoor stuff. Easy duty doing missile convoys in Huey's. Plus no sales tax even off base.

HSJREV
04-29-2006, 10:03
Originally posted by snowbird
We complained at the time that Fort Ord was the armpit of California, but actually it was more like the resort of the army.

I had to spend 8 weeks at Monterey for safety school. We got done at 15:00 every day and had weekends off. Pretty rough duty...on my liver anyway. Ft Ord was in the process of drawing down then and we spent some time mountain biking on the old training areas. Beautiful country out there.
Oddly enough, one of my favorite places to be stationed was nasty ol' 29 Palms. My yard was literally against the border of the Joshua Tree National Monument (National Park now) and it was 45 minutes up to Big Bear Lake if you knew the back way through Pioneertown. No shopping/night life at all out there but plenty of coyotes to shoot and lots of camping/hiking and a great glider club at the local airport. It was about an hour down to Palm Springs to look for womens.

Sapperstang
05-04-2006, 17:33
I had two while I was in and that would be Bragg and Camp Howze, Korea. Bragg was my favorite but I have fond memories of Korea.

Jungle Work
05-04-2006, 22:10
Spent most of a year and a half, out of four at Bragg. I liked it real well. Went thu Basic a Ft. Puke, La., Infantry School at Camp Crocket, Fort Gordon, Ga. and Jump and Ranger School at Benning. Went to Bragg and McCall for Training Group.

I really liked the Republic of South Vietnam and points West.

NGWT
05-09-2006, 23:37
I'd have to say a tie between Berlin and Augsburg.

The worst was Ft Polk, hands down.

APD
05-11-2006, 12:57
The worst was Ft Polk, hands down.

Wow one mans nightmare is another mans dream. I loved Polk.

My close second was Camp Bonifas Korea. Timy but all cozy and I had the gym open 24/7 about 100 feet away from my hooch.

NGWT
05-11-2006, 13:33
I enjoyed Campbell more than Polk. Maybe because I was never there :)

At least while at Polk I got to enjoy three rotations at NTC. ;)

Steve 48
05-26-2006, 13:15
Best post was Ferris barracks in Erlangen Germany. I was in the 46th Medical Battalion, company C in 1970 to 1971. Loved the beer, food and women. Steve 48

Glock 21 Dan
06-10-2006, 21:19
Snowbird: Went through Basic at Ft. Ord Jul-Sep 1966. Wasn't to bad when I became Permenant Party there for a few months.

EMiller
06-21-2006, 20:05
Norfolk, Va and Camp Pendleton, Ca.

RangerAv8r
06-29-2006, 22:45
I really enjoyed Fort Ord; new wife, new baby and flying Cobras; once under the Golden Gate Bridge. I got to go home often to see my parents and surf in San Clemente, Orange County. I also liked Camp Howze, Korea. I was there in '88 and we pulled the DMZ mission during the Olympics (this was prior to Aviation.) I got a pass to the Games and was able to see Carl Lewis win the Long Jump.
M

jim8377
06-30-2006, 11:19
Atlanta Georgia 1953, had a blast. It has gone to pot now.

snowbird
07-01-2006, 08:33
Glock21Dan,

When you did Basic at Ft. Ord, did they have the meningitis restrictions? They did during my Basic, Jan-March 1967. That meant no passes off-base until after graduation. Then some of us ate a civilian steak dinner at a Monterey restaurant, which we told each other was much better than mess hall chow.

Glock 21 Dan
07-01-2006, 12:04
Snowbird:
Yes the meningitis restrictions had been on for about 2 years when I got there. Had to sleep with the windows open and damn near froze to death at night. We had a blank white tape above our name tapes and besides no passes it also restricted us to our company area except for training or going to the PX in platoon formation on Sunday. It was a royal PITA.

kikr
07-02-2006, 20:35
Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah Ga

bharen
07-06-2006, 20:10
After 23 years you develop a few favorites.

1. Fort Bragg. Actually loved it. The whole 'Airborne' thing. Hated to leave. Twice.

2. Schwetzingen, Germany. Thompkins Barracks. Right next to Heidelberg. Dripping with history and great people. I miss it still.

3. Fort Lewis. Drop dead gorgeous post. Stunning local scenery. Absolutely the best battalion I ever served in (864th Engineers).

Best place I was never stationed? Bad Tolz, Germany. My SOB brother-in-law got stationed there. Twice (no, he wasn't SF). We'd spend weekends and holidays there. So beautiful it would make you want to cry.

td.trmntr
07-07-2006, 08:34
Mine would have to be West Germany. Nice people, good beer and food, plus lots of fun with my buddies. For me, it was the best.

dallcowboy
08-02-2006, 14:18
Mainz, Germany (Lee Barracks) 2-509th ABN, 68-69.

Ironhorserider
08-05-2006, 21:07
Originally posted by AKA
Your Best Duty Station?

Please for give me if this has already been covered but I could not find it if it was.

Mine was clearly South Korea-Land of the Morning Calm.

Cigarettes ten cents per pack, drinks fifteen cents each and a very exotic land to wander around in. I turned 21 years old sitting in the NCO club sipping a beverage.

I was stationed in a compound near North Korea in 1961-1962. People were seldom killed except by old ordnance left from combat.
We were there about the same time i was in Osan K-55 50 miles south of the DMZ in 1962-1963 I was 18 years old sitting in the Airmans Club doing the same thing. We will never see those prices again.(Remember I'm sure to go to Heven because i spent my time in Hell)
:laughabove:

Cava3r4
08-05-2006, 22:27
YUP....good Old South Korea.
I was there from Nov 65 to Dec 18, 1966.
I spent the first 6 months down near Taejon at a "security base".
I was a tanker and pulled guard duty in watch towers and was assigned to an infantry company that later became the 106th MP Co. if I remember correctly. I then got moved to Camp Casey in the 7th Inf. Div and lucked out and ended up at HHC7X-TF. That TF is for Train Fire....I worked on the rifle range and lived it up.
I was only 19 and thought I had it rough when in fact I was on "R&R" for 13 months.
Bob

mrmedina
08-12-2006, 21:28
Howard AFB, Panama...........'82 to '84.
JOTC Jungle Operations Training Center.
The "Girls", 4:1 ratio,women to men......I loved it!

RENEA
08-14-2006, 09:47
Yugoslavia.

tnoisaw
08-16-2006, 17:36
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

USMC Ryfleman
08-16-2006, 18:17
Did a MED float with the 26th MEU was with Aco BLT 1/8, Okinawa and Korea, They both sucked. (well Seoul kicked ass for the 2 days we got libo there) The very best duty station is when I and 11 other Marines went to Guantanamo bay Cuba in the summer of 97, We got payed COMRATS and BAQ to stay in the BEQ with house cleaning EVERYDAY! worked 3 days on 3 days off guarding Cuban asylum seekers (awesome people with a shi**y government) Drank alot, fished alot,tanned alot, scuba dove alot, banged a navy girl alot (I still love her! hehehehe)It was funny cuz we reported directly to the Naval base CO and the marines on marine hill hated us cuz we got to do our own thing! Semper Fi to my brother jarheads! God where did the good times go fellas?

3rdRRU_PhuBai
08-17-2006, 08:15
A few days ETS-ing at Oakland in 1963.

tnoisaw
08-17-2006, 10:51
My ex (before she was my ex) was stationed at Scholfield Barracks, HI and Fort Knox, KY.

Deadbolt
09-04-2006, 19:51
Pond Barracks - Amberg, Germany. 3rd Squadron / 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. It was a great place to call home and come home to after spending time on the Czech-German Border. The locals knew why we were there in Germany. It seems the closer you got to the communist borders the nicer the locals were to us border troops.
After we got home from Desert Storm, the town of Amberg hosted a welcome home beer fest for us. Very nice. Great place. Great people.

Deadbolt
09-04-2006, 19:51
Pond Barracks - Amberg, Germany. 3rd Squadron / 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. It was a great place to call home and come home to after spending time on the Czech-German Border. The locals knew why we were there in Germany. It seems the closer you got to the communist borders the nicer the locals were to us border troops.
After we got home from Desert Storm, the town of Amberg hosted a welcome home beer fest for us. Very nice. Great place. Great people.

Swamprat
09-04-2006, 20:05
Originally posted by gsr
Merrill Barracks, Nurnburg, West Germany. 10 miniutes to downtown, and all that has to offer.;)

Put me down for this one also.

Bill1954
09-21-2006, 09:13
Strassburg Kaserne, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Beautiful! I traveled all over Europe. My youngest son was born at Landstuhl Army Hospital at Ramstein AFB. Went through Austria, Lictenstein, Switzerland, Belguim, Luxembourg and France. Would love to go back someday. But I'll pass on Graffenwohr and Hoenfels (sp). No more field time for me.:banana: I was a 13B20 (Field Arty)and we seemed to spend a lot of time outdoors doing the "Gun Bunny Hop". Out of the field it was a paradise!:dancingbanana:

kawalerzysta
09-29-2006, 12:32
For me Ft Polk, La sucked, but at least I had fun time in 2nd Dragoons. Korea was fun, but I can't believe that nobody mentioned soju:supergrin: Ft Stewart sucked.

Grim Jackal
09-30-2006, 05:55
2nd Bn, 1stMar, 1stMarDiv did two deployments and went feet dry on Austrailia 3 times.:hearts: If you've never been there, I can't explain it:thumbsup:

Rubirosa
10-02-2006, 20:37
Incirlik AFB, Turkey

Went for 2 years; stayed for 3. Picked up a really bad rug habit.

Just say "no" to rugs.

OK OK OK Get your sheep thrills.... It's not illegal yet...

On, On...

Former Major, USAF MC

justinhcannon
10-05-2006, 13:32
Hunter Army Airfield...without a doubt. LOL...I remember when the girlies got their own "EIB's"!

justinhcannon
10-05-2006, 13:33
+1 on Ft. Stewart sucking!

rifle-cop624
10-06-2006, 11:54
Without a doubt, PANAMA!!!!!

That was the hardest I ever worked in the Army, but the most fun, too. We fired more live rounds, and did more demo ranges, flew more Air Assault missions, and did more real-world missions than any stateside unit I ever served in.

5/87th INF (AASLT) was moved from FT Clayton over the bridge to FT Kobbe, which was on Howard Air Base. Our barracks were a short mile to the back gate of the airfield, and Vera-Cruz Beach. we used to load up my pickup with grunts, chicken, beer, and BBQ grills and head out to the beach on Sundays.

Any other days off, go fishing in Gatun Lake, or head north into the interior to the black sand beaches near Vacamonte' and spend the night in a hammock in a little local Bohio. We'd bring the old man who owned it a bottle of Crown Royal (cost like $15 at the class six) and we had a place to crash for a few days, along with all the chow we wanted, and beautiful local girls.

Thanks, Jimmy Carter for screwing up the best duty assignment in the Army!

odie072
04-13-2007, 18:40
Ramstein AB, Germany, SP 88-92. WOW!!:thumbsup:

AKfan
04-24-2007, 20:07
Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, 98-02 (961 AACS and 18 WG). Great people, great beaches, lots to see and do. My kids still miss it.

SARDG
04-25-2007, 15:51
Originally posted by AKfan
Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, 98-02 (961 AACS and 18 WG). Great people, great beaches, lots to see and do. My kids still miss it.
Kadena was the very first place I landed that was truly "overseas" (on my way to somewhere else that I can't even remember). I was there one night. Never left the base - never returned to Kadena after that. My loss!

I was actually stationed at Pearl Harbor (USN, 66-70). Loved that so much that I stayed there to live as a civilian for a year and a half after I got discharged. Would probably still be there if I could have figured out a way to afford it.

Seems to be a recurring theme here - in retrospect, most of us loved many of our duty stations. But we sure complained a lot at the time, eh?

brownmajik
04-30-2007, 15:09
Originally posted by otasan
FLEASWTRACENPAC San Diego, CA. 1974, 1976-77.

It was a thrill to see CV60, CV-63, CV64, and even an occasional CVN-65 going past our little pier where Harbor & Nimitx Blvds meet. Plus all of the small boys.

God bless the USN!

I was at Fleet ASW from Aug 1999-Sept 1999 for STG A school. When were u there? I went over to NAVSPECWARTRACEN Coronado just after that to class up for BUD/S 229. I would have to say, Coronado was my favorite duty station, even though I was miserable most of the time!

SARDG
04-30-2007, 18:47
Originally posted by brownmajik
I went over to NAVSPECWARTRACEN Coronado just after that to class up for BUD/S 229. I would have to say, Coronado was my favorite duty station, even though I was miserable most of the time!
SO, that's a SEAL training class - right?

And lessee... "between an ocean and a gulf"... you're a graduate student at UCF??

brownmajik
05-01-2007, 14:27
Originally posted by SARDG
SO, that's a SEAL training class - right?

And lessee... "between an ocean and a gulf"... you're a graduate student at UCF??

BUD/S Class 229, yes. However, right across the street is where Marine Recon trains. There is also the SWCC guys, Amphib guys, and EOD teams there, as well. There are a lot of Brownwater / Gator Navy types that have been stationed at NAVSPECWARTRACEN. Your guess was close with regards to my grad school, I go to USF in Tampa.

FastJuice
05-01-2007, 14:55
My best duty station was NTC Orlando circa 1980. Those were the good days. Orlando was a wide open party town back then. I even remember some of it.

jlprtr
05-02-2007, 08:04
B Battery, 4th Missile Battalion (Nike Hercules), 4th Artillery (Air Defense Artillery) on Vashon Island in Washington State.
It was a Regular Army site 'till we gave it over to the National Guard in late '64 or early '65.
Vashon was primarily residential except for a couple of small industries. The people loved us, we were "their soldiers", and when I won Group soldier of the month, most of the front page of the island newspaper was devoted to me...kind of funny.

I was a launcher crewman (AKA "Pit Rat") working with the nuclear tipped Nike Hercules anti-aircraft missiles. Best job i've ever had.

MstrPara
05-04-2007, 16:11
Gotta agree with Kikr........Hunter AAF, Savannah, GA

Best kept secret (in the Army at least)

Small post, great town, what's not to love?

justinhcannon
05-04-2007, 18:41
HAAF...who wants to go to riverstreet?! woohoo!

xxiv
05-07-2007, 22:29
Bragg. I hated and loved every minute of my time in Fayetteville.

AZ_Quailhunter
05-08-2007, 18:40
Had to be USCG Base Kodiak

GlocknPA
05-09-2007, 17:48
1986-87 NAVSTA Newport, RI.

A brand new class of OIS nurses every two weeks. They hadn't been able to drink or party for eight weeks and wanted to let their hair down. It was a lot of fun.

FDC
05-09-2007, 18:33
Originally posted by GlocknPA
1986-87 NAVSTA Newport, RI.

A brand new class of OIS nurses every two weeks. They hadn't been able to drink or party for eight weeks and wanted to let their hair down. It was a lot of fun.

I was a detailed recruiter in Woonsocket, RI from Jan 01 to Jan 04. My company HQ was on the NAVSTA Newport. Thanks for reminding me of the 3 most miserable years of my life. Ya bastige.;)

It was kinda cool when I first got there, BB 61 (Iowa) was docked there for a while. Beautiful boat.

Passafist
05-13-2007, 11:12
Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Germany.

Stationed at a remote site called Konigstuhl, up behind the castle.

CCMO
05-17-2007, 08:38
Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach Florida. Great weather, restaurants, bars, girls (and their teachers) down for spring break, beaches, easy commute to other great beaches, bars, etc. Too bad I could only get there on TDY, but at least I got the TDY at least once a year '83 - '87!

Best long term assignment was Frankfurt Germany, '88 - '90. Most of the above (parks instead of beaches) except weather, plus all the shopping, museums, theaters, and other "metropolitan" opportunities.

dewidmt
05-28-2007, 16:54
Couple here some other folks have mentioned already....

Hurlburt Field Florida...beaches of LA (lower Alabama), college girls on a cheap spring break, Pensacola and white sand beaches all around...plus a couple of great night clubs (Victors and THE GREEN FROG!)

TDY's to Howard AFB, Panama...where else are you gonna be in the transient barracks and have hot oil massages delivered to your room? Girls waitin at the gate for a ride in...beaches, nightlife downtown...aaaaahhhhhh.... and then they closed it....

Carolina Drifter
05-29-2007, 11:33
War Duty but we kept our **** together and were proud!!!!!!!

A Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Calvary, 1st Infantry Division.

I was a machine gunner on a ACAV (M113) with the 1/4 CAV and served with some of the best warriors I have ever seen. We lost some but we were a proud bunch.

Drifter
RVN 66-67, 69-70
NRA DLM


:50cal:

easyg
05-29-2007, 19:43
Best duty:
Ft. Lewis.
To be more specific, North Ft. Lewis (9th ID, 15th Engineers).
I had a great time...even at Yakima!


Worse duty:
Ft. Campbell (101st, 326 Med) was a crappy place (not counting my time in the Gulf which was actually kinda fun).

Camp Casey Korea (2nd Tank!) mostly sucked, but it was certainly interesting...

justinhcannon
05-30-2007, 00:35
easyg...I remember rotating to Yakima and thinking we were gonna see dinosaurs out there.

easyg
05-30-2007, 06:57
Yeah, Yakima is sorta like "the land that time forgot".
We would go there in prep for our NTC rotation down in the Mojave.
This was back in 86 and 87, when the 9th ID was designated a "Motorized division".

I thought Yak was really COLD, until I experienced winter in Korea!

justinhcannon
05-30-2007, 22:25
10-4....I remember going to Yakima AFTER coming back from Afghanistan. Being beach bums from Savannah, GA we could've used that prep before we deployed. Then again, that sort of set a precedence for things to come:
We went to NTC AFTER we invaded Iraq. Pure genius. WE could've taught the damn course.

easyg
05-31-2007, 20:39
HOOAH!

If you were here I would buy you a beer.

I don't even know you, but I'm glad you came back alive.

From one old Soldier to another...."Thanks".





BTW, I remain "just a leg"....and damn proud of it!

justinhcannon
05-31-2007, 21:01
No problem partner...

Hell, BOTH my parents were stationed at Bragg for 6 looong years...I've seen enough of NC for awhile.

Beautiful state as long as your not near the Fayette Cong.

syne_24
06-03-2007, 16:10
Ft. Bragg was probably my best place duty station. It's a big base with decent weather and community. The worse had to be Ft. Campbell. It's near a small town and most of all ghetto old barracks.

wrench3
06-09-2007, 06:28
Clark Air Base. 1984-1987. I spent too much time with San Miguel and Red Horse and not enough time exploring the country but it was still a great place to be stationed. I'd go back to visit any time I could.:thumbsup:

SARDG
06-09-2007, 07:55
Originally posted by wrench3
Clark Air Base. 1984-1987. I spent too much time with San Miguel and Red Horse and not enough time exploring the country but it was still a great place to be stationed. I'd go back to visit any time I could.:thumbsup:
Wow - I always thought that Olongapo City (outside the Subic Bay Naval Base - down the road from Clark AFB), was the armpit of the world. The Navy Base itself wasn't so hot, either - except the temperature.

I tried San Miguel when I returned to CONUS. Just never seemed the same to me. :sad:

Drbironhead
06-13-2007, 07:57
GTMo cuba or Veaguess Island in Purto rico

brownmajik
06-14-2007, 18:11
Originally posted by Drbironhead
GTMo cuba or Veaguess Island in Purto rico

Uh, you mean Vieques Island, PR? When were you there? Interesting that you mis-spelled it if you were stationed there. And one more question...what color are the barracks doors at GITMO these days? Just curious...if you were there it ought to be easy enough to answer, as you went in and out of them all day long.

Doc_Fuller
06-22-2007, 19:37
I can say it is a toss-up. Bethesda in Washington DC was my favorite place to live, but my favorite commands were at Camplejeune. What made it great were the people I served with.

I enjoyed serving with the Marines, and still have allot of close friends/brothers. I also learned allot from the "Higher Ups"-

1st BN 6th Marines Bco Wpns Plt. - Had a great Platoon SGT, And a First Sergeant that taught me about doing everything RIGHT! There was no half @$$ing it with him. I started to check my self to the point I learned to triple check my work. Everything got done to the highest level of perfection or my @$$ was chewed like bubble gum, and it got done over. He made me a better Sailor!

3D BN 2D Marines Ico.- I was the senior Corpsman of India Company. My Company 1stSGT and GnySgt taught me how to lead. I can still hear 1stSGT's warnings to me " Son I will Kick your @$$ allover this office, I got 21yrs in this Corps. What are they gonna do tell me to retire?"
Being the Senior Corpsman I got to see allot of the behind the scenes leader ship, and lost allot of misconceptions. The leadership really did care. It may be tough love, but they did care.

So I can say Lejeune is not my favorite duty station, but it has had some of my BEST commands.

teleduster
07-20-2007, 13:39
Panama. The best day of bass fishing I ever had stateside paled compared the sorriest day I had on Gatun Lake.

4TS&W
08-06-2007, 00:16
Originally posted by teleduster
Panama. The best day of bass fishing I ever had stateside paled compared the sorriest day I had on Gatun Lake.

I swear to God I wasn't keeping up with the other fishermen in baiting the damn hook. So I threw my *EMPTY* hook in there while the Peacock Bass were in a feeding frenzy, and finally started keeping up. I've never caught fish with an empty hook before or since.

We also did the 3 dive trip, where you start on the Pacific, then the train at the bottom of gatun, then finish at Portobello.

I miss Panama a lot. :cheers:

rwdflynavy
08-11-2007, 05:49
For me, either Pensacola FL, or Mayport FL. Great beaches in Pcola and Jax is a nice town to live in.

quaviet
09-04-2007, 04:04
Best duty station? That is a hard one but by definition, "best" means excelling all others according to Merriam-Webster. In that case I would say Combat Systems Training Command, Mare Island and the city of Vallejo, Ca. during the 1970s.

The wildest duty station would have been liberty in Olongopo in the very early 70s.

The friendliest girls duty station would have been Okinawa, Japan. But they did not consider themselves to be part of Japan.

The prettiest girls duty station would have been Hong Kong.

And that brings us to the worst duty station with the ugliest girls. That is a hard one also but I would have to say Long Beach, Ca. The girls did not like men with short hair and called us baby killers.

AKSuperDually
09-06-2007, 14:55
Originally posted by KNEESINTHEBREEZ
I must disagree - surely you forget Chapel Hill!;) BTW, you were with 112th, eh? PM inbound.

yeah....picked up my wife in greensboro while stationed at pope....

best duty station was definitely elmendorf though.

Tom Militano
09-11-2007, 15:31
Graffenwohr Germany in the early 70's, best kept secret in the Army, but only if you were permanent party.

Bravo Five Zero
09-11-2007, 20:19
My best duty station was Kleine Brogel Air base, Belgium.....a small site at which I was detachment chief from 1985 to 1988....my second favorite station was Araxos, Greece........Athens and Glyfada on the weekends, oh boy.....

Bravo Five Zero
09-11-2007, 20:20
Originally posted by Tom Militano
Graffenwohr Germany in the early 70's, best kept secret in the Army, but only if you were permanent party.

Was at Graf a couple of times for training in the early '60s....not much fun, but then I wasn't permanent party......;^)

Ray26
09-23-2007, 12:22
Originally posted by SARDG
Wow - I always thought that Olongapo City (outside the Subic Bay Naval Base - down the road from Clark AFB), was the armpit of the world. The Navy Base itself wasn't so hot, either - except the temperature.

I tried San Miguel when I returned to CONUS. Just never seemed the same to me. :sad:

You have got to be kidding... Back when the bases were active, for a single sailor, airman, soldier or marine, Subic and Clark were the best liberty spots in the world, Pattaya Beach, Thailand also...In a typical Subic night in town, for $20, you could get a good meal, get drunk, get laid and still have money left over to get laid again. Every night was Saturday night and every day was a holiday.. An adult Disneyland... During my thirty years of active Naval service, been to all the previous mention overseas places to include many countries that were never mentioned in the previous threads... Every station in the US is lame in comparison.. Stationed in the Philippines was by far the best duty station in the world.. Just my opinion...

BrokenArrow
09-27-2007, 14:16
If I told ya where it was I would have to kill ya...

Four days on, four days off. Flew chartered civilian airliner to work, flew it back home.

Second best was Titan Missile security duty at DM in Tucson AZ. Work 24/72, one day on and three off.

Both places had part time jobs at local gyms as a personal trainer/aerobic instructor. Made good money and met great gals.:supergrin:

slewfoot
09-27-2007, 14:27
Wiesbaden Germany A Co 3/509th Abn Inf

Verona Italy, CSC 1/509th Abn Inf

Good old days. Leaving those places for Ft Benning was a rude awakening.:sad: