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Old 03-28-2005, 20:07   #1
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Any USAF Comm officers?

What does your job really entail on a daily basis?
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Old 03-29-2005, 08:27   #2
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I'm not a USAF Officer, but may I ask, are you asking what a communications officer does, or what a commissioned officer does?

If it is related to Comm-Info, then this site might help http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/com-comp/comm-links.htm

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Old 03-29-2005, 11:34   #3
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I'll be commissioning in December, I want to know what a communications officer does on a daily basis. How often are you deployed? Where? how long?

Thank you for that link.
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Old 03-29-2005, 14:52   #4
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Congratulations, Sir...

Are you Academy?

I was a combat documentary photographer in the Vietnam era. The Comm officers I worked with had just about every duty station where there was an Air Force presence. Can't help you with present day duty, but we had some real fun back then.;f ;f
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Old 03-29-2005, 22:31   #5
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Thank you

No, I'm not Academy. I'm an AF ROTC cadet - completed cadet in about 45 days. I'm just trying to finish up school so I can pin on my bars and do something other than study books.

My father was USAFA, and I have 2 friends there right now. I also have friend who graduated from USAFA - took his commission in the Marines. He just got back from a year service in Iraq. From what I hear I have the best of both worlds - I get my gold bars, and I get a real life while at school.

I'm filling out all my paperwork right now for what job I would like. My major is Information Systems, so I was looking at Comm, and Intel. I also have a bid in for pilot.

I'm looking forward to everything except 3-4 month deployments - which from what I hear are starting to be the norm these days for AF personnell.

Did they give you a gun along with your camera back then? I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in a combat zone with just a camera. I'm sure you have some great and not so great stories from you time.

Thank you for your service.;?
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:11   #6
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Did they give you a gun along with your camera back then? I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in a combat zone with just a camera. I'm sure you have some great and not so great stories from you time.

Thank you for your service.;?
I think you'll like your choice to go Air Force. As has been said many times on this forum, it takes the entire military to wage and win a war. Just have to keep the freaking polititions out of the picture.

Well, way back then I was issued a S&W .38 revolver. I did FAC/recon, so when we needed to shoot something, we called in fighter bombers and put a real big hurt on the BGs. While the images from the F-4 recon birds was useful, there was nothing like getting down real low and peaking under the trees.

Ocassionally I would take along an M-16 and helmet bag full of ammo, but only if we were going into a certain area with a heavy concentration of AAA.

I understand your feelings about 3-4 month TDYs. Before and after SEA, I was on photo teams that responded to "events" requiring documentation. In other words, if the SHTF, one of our teams went to cover it.

Gotta get to work...

Take care...
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Just have to keep the freaking polititions out of the picture.
Russ, if they'd listened to you in early '02, our Spec Ops (and I include the AF cbt controllers in there) would've already delivered bin Laden's head on a stick.
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Russ, if they'd listened to you in early '02, our Spec Ops (and I include the AF cbt controllers in there) would've already delivered bin Laden's head on a stick.
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Yes... 'nuf said...

Not really, the teams available to go in and do that job were trained, committed and able to accomplish that plus more, if asked.

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