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post #61 of 199
US Navy 92-98
3 yrs USS Bainbridge CGN-25 Decom Crew Plankowner
2 yrs White House Communications Agency

post #62 of 199
USMC 71-82

Thanks to all who have, and those still, serving our country.

Once a Marine Always a Marine.

Past 26 years helping maintain an electronics system used to train Marines and other US military pilots.
post #63 of 199
the closest i got to serving was my hand on the
navy recruirts (that don't look right,oh well)
door knob. i decided to marry my sweetie instead.
my son picked up my slack, usaf, travis afb

ladies ang gents, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE


post #64 of 199
Obviously you can see from my screen name that I am in the Navy. 1994-2014 (will put me at 20 years).

First joined as a pecker checker, Hospital Corpsman for those not in the know, went all over the place for the 8 years I was a HM Okinawa, while there I went to Korea twice, from there I went to Camp Lejeune...while there I went to Turkey, Guatemala, Canada, Ireland, Ukraine, Spain, Greece, Italy, and I am sure there are other places that I am leaving out. From Lejeune I went to NAS Jacksonville.

Cross rated to Master-at-Arms and then went to Diego Garcia, Japan and now HELL aka Kings Bay, Georgia. Leave here in February, Thank God, to go to Naples, Italy.
post #65 of 199
From a former Anchor clanker, thanks for your service and I think you'll like Naples :)
post #66 of 199
Mike Smith
USAF 2000 to Present
Currently an E-5 (SSgt) in the Metals Technology Shop (Machining and Welding)

Assignments include:
McConnell AFB Kansas
Dyess AFB Texas (Currently)

At the moment I am overseas in support of OIF/OEF and while I had thought of an offset, plans have changed and I am building a UDS for the shop.

Cool to see all of the support for military troops from that other link. Hope to get to know you all.

post #67 of 199
I grew up in Sweetwater! You're right in the heart of Mesquite country. There are a couple of decent good ol' boy cookin contests that take place around that area. 1) is the Rattlesnake Roundup in March, and 2) Stephenville usually has a couple every summer. Not saying you need to compete, but just for some really good chow, it can't be beat. Dyess has a special place in my heart, as it employed two of my uncles (in support roles) for many years. People that are stationed there should get hazardous duty pay though, it's so hot :)

Oh, in addition, thanks for your service. IMO, those who serve in today's military do so in very unpopular times, somewhat like the Vietnam era service members (although there isn't the outright hatred shown).

EDIT: Missed the part where you're serving overseas at the moment. Godspeed and take care of yourself!

post #68 of 199
USN -1969 - 1974

To all those currently serving our country, thank you so much.

To all those who have served our country, we have not forgotten, thank you once again.

To the mothers and fathers who's son or daughter paid the ultimate price in serving our country, we are forever in your debt, thank you.

. .
11/70 to 6/71
02/72 to 11/72
post #69 of 199
USAF Ammo 1996-2000

Eglin AFB, FL
Incirlik AB, Turkey

Currently an Army civilian employee at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

post #70 of 199
I always toyed with the idea of going into the military in high school, namely the Navy. I smoked the ASVAB test, and my recruiter took me to take the NUKE test, which I also passed - which opened a lot of doors for me. When I went to MEPS I was told to lose some weight and come back in a few months. I was bummed. When I got back home I didn't pursue it any further. Looking back I have mixed feelings about it. Had I gone, things could be completely different for me now. Things may not have worked out with my wife and in turn I wouldn't be a father. Fatherhood has been the best part of my life....I wouldn't trade that for anything.
But after 9-11 I really wanted to go....but by the time I got around to talking to the recruiter again I had dropped out of high school and put on about 60lbs and no longer met the requirements.

So I took an apprenticeship in the Carpenter's Union in Las Vegas and I have never looked back.

Still.....there are times when I wish I was in the service.

SEBOKE, those are great pictures! You guys are thousands of miles away from home, yet you are still able to unwind and hang out and do some good old BBQ.

What are you going to do when you retire in a few weeks?biggrin.gif
post #71 of 199
82nd Airborne 2-508th Headquarter Company, 70-72
post #72 of 199

Never miss a chance to say thanks...

I'm 43 years old and I did not serve. But I want to say to those of you who did, God bless you & your families for your sacrifice and your service.

I have 2 young boys, and you can be sure I'll teach them the gratitude & respect that I have for U.S. servicemen & women.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all !!!
post #73 of 199
Thread Starter 
Thanks t-m!! I actually have landed a job starting on 7 July doing pretty much the same thing I did in my last assignment, just wearing different clothes, getting a better paycheck, and letting my hair grow!
post #74 of 199
USAF - retired (1968 - 1988) - 20 years, two weeks, one day and six hours (but who counted!) Had three 7-levels in those years (Liquid Oxygen Production, P.O.L, and then the last half of my time in Public Affairs.) I still remember my first day of basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, -- Drill Instructor TSgt. Denton, if you're out there, God bless you! Here is something I want to share with everyone (that us military folks have learned, felt and survived.) Three phrases that will mold who you become for the rest of your life:
1. Fear (understand everyone will deal with it somewhere along the line)
2. Fear Less ( What happens as you grow and test yourself, or are tested by someone or something else)
3. Fearless (what you become because you were not afraid to conquer your fears)

My first day of active duty, Jan. 16, 1968, was also the first day of the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam -- and my mom was scared (you know what). She had lost a brother in France during WW II (three Purple Hearts in as many days in the Ardennes Forest trying to take Metz back before he was killed.) She thought I would end up the same.

I am so very gratified that so many Americans are supportive of what the military person is dealing with today -- back in the late sixties, it was not a nice place for the military in our country -- it was the only place I was ever spit on while in uniform. Maybe you might not remember the black arm bands being worn by demonstrators, but I do. I also remember my first year of active duty I was placed on an Honor Guard (read: burial detail) and having carried a man who fought in the Spanish-American War to his final resting place. The only family he had was the funeral home director and my Honor Guard group. I can still see him, and it still stirs the same emotions in me when I think we were the only ones left to honor him -- but we did honor him. Did the Vietnam years leave scars - yes, but what makes up for it is knowing that our military members are being thought of well, now. Please keep doing so. You have no idea the positive impact it has on those who wear the uniform of their country.

Terry Shay, TSgt, USAF (ret)
Also an honorary 82nd Airborne Division member - given my coin by Command Sergeant Major of the 82nd back in 1986., honorary Air Force Combat Control Team member (coin) , and also the same with the guys from "D" (coin).

God Bless America and all who protect her.
post #75 of 199
Thread Starter 
Bumpin this back up. Lots of new members lately!!
post #76 of 199
Thread Starter 


Bumpin this up for all the recent new members...
post #77 of 199
I'm Cheyenne. I am a former Marine Sergeant from 98-2005, 4641 Combat photographer. I was stationed at Quantico Va for 2 years & 2D MarDiv for 4 year & Deven MA, for 1 year on medical hold. I was depolyed to GITMO for Jan 2002 & then Djibouti Africa for 12 months. I was also on the USS Mt Whitney for 6 months.

In 2002, Chesty Puller issued a female Marine to me. We've now been married for 6 years. Of course I never signed for her at supply...hehehe
post #78 of 199

Aviation Electricians Mate

VA-46, NAS Cecil Field Florida, deployed on the USS America
Naval Station Rota Spain
VFA-37, NAS Cecil Field, deployed on the USS Forrestal and USS Kennedy
post #79 of 199
Active duty AF for 17+ years, now E-7/ Master Sergeant
Been stationed at:
Lackland AFB, TX
Lowry AFB, CO
Travis AFB, CA
Elmendorf AFB, AK
Andrews AFB, MD
Eielson AFB, AK
Traveled to Italy and Antarctica too
Currently at Wright Patterson AFB, OH
post #80 of 199
Active duty Army, currently in the 3rd ID, 1st Brigade.

SSG Type, 1 each.

Been to many foreign lands: Iraq, Okinawa, California, Korea
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