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My Miltary Retirement

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I have pecked away for the last 4 hours trying to catch up for not being able to access the forum for any "real" time for the last 4 days. Noticing my ticker getting to 697, 698, 699 for total posts, I just wanted to announce that I have completed my outprocessing from more than 21 years of active duty with the US Army, and am proud to announce this with a milestone post in the SMF.

Reaching my 700th post, I didn't just want to say "looks great!" to someone's chicken thigh post. I think I have made a lot of virtual friends here in the forum (ain't gonna list names lest I forget to mention someone), and just wanted to share this incredible milestone in my life with friends.

While running up to retirement, I envisioned the moment as being one of the happiest moments of my life. After my final personnel and finance processing I had to go to my unit's personnel section and sign out of the unit. Completing that, I left the building with a big smile on my face. Half way to the truck, I felt like I got donkey-kicked in the chest. What I have been doing for the entirety of my adult life was now over.

Well, I still don't know what's next, but I have almost two months of terminal leave to figure it out. Fishing? Definitely!! Golf? Need golf balls that float. Two sons visit me for every summer, gonna make it the best summer yet!!

Many of you have known this day was coming for me and have offered some outstanding words of thanks and encouragement. Those kind words from you all have meant every bit as much to me as my wife and my mother telling me the same, through their tears, every time I came home with the news that I was heading "over there".

With my wife pulling duty out of state with the USAF Reserves (my one year old is with her), and my other two boys here two weeks later, my Father's Day is petty much going to suck. So what do do??? I'm gonna smoke 8 chickens and 8 salmon fillets! Of course, Q-View will accompany...

If you bothered to read this whole post, thanks for bearing with me!!!

post #2 of 27
Congrats on the start of a new way of life! You'll find plenty of great things to do, and I know smokin' will be one of them. I hear ya on Father's Day... I have only one son and he lives in Idaho, me and his mom split up a long time ago. Any who, day by day you'll find out that there are many things that will make your life interesting. Here's to YOU!
post #3 of 27
Good luck to you! And thanks for your service to the country PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 27
I only served 5 years in the ARMY. I know what ya mean. Leaving behind the my friends was the hardest thing i ever did. I have found myself gravitating to other members of our armed services. It seems we just find one another. I have been a member of The American Legion for 30 years. smartest thing I ever did was joining a vets organization. So maybe look into something of this nature. Enjoy your new life.
post #5 of 27
Congratulations on your retirement,More time for smoking meat and time to chill and relax
post #6 of 27
First of all, THANK YOU!! Fellow service members like you keep our nation free and strong! Congrats on the retirement!! I hope your time off is full of fun and enjoyment!!
post #7 of 27
Congrats on your retirement and thanks for your service...........Can't wait to see the q-view from you now that you have time............
post #8 of 27
Enjoy a well deserved rest! It will take a bit a time to become accostomed ta not havin a routine, (if there is such a thin in the service), but you will find many thins ta keep ya busy. Good luck an enjoy yerself!
post #9 of 27

Wishing you a happy and healthy retirement and hoping for all good things to come your way; preferably with some tbs in the background :)

Thanks for your service.
post #10 of 27
Congrats on the retirement. Relax for a bit, sounds like you earned it. You'll figure out what you are supposed to do next........probably sooner than you think.
post #11 of 27
Enjoy your retirement brother, you deserve it. Thank you for your service.
post #12 of 27
congrats on the retirement ...thank you for all that you have done for this great country we live in...now u have no reason to smoke something everyday....btw happy fathers day
post #13 of 27
Seboke....congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service to this fine country of ours!

I would be looking into an exercise program to keep yourself fit, what with all the Q you'll be smokin' up.....icon_smile.gif

Keep after Pineywoods to take you fishing.....sounds like that would be a great time!

post #14 of 27
Congrats on your retirement! Thanks for serving our country 21 years. Enjoy your terminal leave.
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the great comments!! I have officially started enjoying my time off. I just got out of bed (1044), but check the time I originally posted. Pretty much likker'd up by that time too. Impressed myself with how few spelling errors!!
post #16 of 27
Ken...I can't express how grateful I am for your service...THANK YOU so much! cool.gif
I hope you enjoy your new way of life, you deserve all good things coming your way.
post #17 of 27
My friend Thank You for all the years of service to our Country. Now its time to kick back and relax a little. Time to see lots of TBS coming out of that smoker and get in a little fishing as well. I'm not a golfer but maybe you can even spend a bit of time on the links.
post #18 of 27
Congrats and thanks for the service! 21 years and a job well done. Go and enjoy, you've earned it.
post #19 of 27
Congratulations and thank you! Enjoy your retirement... You deserve it!!!
post #20 of 27


Hey Ken,

Thanks for 21 years! You can go to bed every night for the rest of your life knowing you did your part and then some. Congratulations!

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