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Old 03-18-2014, 09:54 PM
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Just curious how many military vets we have on board. Sound off with your enlistment information if you were in....

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Branch: U.S. Army
Duty Station: Ft. Campbell, KY
Unit: 101st Airborne, 3rd Brigade, 3/187th Infantry HHC and Bravo Company
Years of Service:1986-1989
Rank at discharge: E4
Job: I was a radio operator for a line company commander. Basically a grunt with an antenna.

Three of the best years of my life although at the time I did not know that :-) I earned the GI Bill through my enlistment which paid for two years of college. More importantly the army turned an irresponsible future inmate into what resembles a fine, tax-paying 'Merican.

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Old 03-18-2014, 10:35 PM
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Branch: U.S. Air Force, ANG.
Duty Station: All over US and Europe
Units: 44th OMMS (SAC), 487th TMW (USAFE), 394th ICBMTMS (SAC), 188th TFW (TAC, ACC).
Years of service: 1984-1988 U.S.Air Force, 1988-2004 ANG
Rank: E-7 MSgt. (Ret.)
Job: Missile Maintenance, Conventional Munitions.

Travel, Travel, Travel..........Loved it!
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:37 PM
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Branch: U.S. Air Force, ANG.
Duty Station: All over US and Europe
Units: 44th OMMS (SAC), 487th TMW (USAFE), 394th ICBMTMS (SAC), 188th TFW (TAC, ACC).
Years of service: 1984-1988 U.S.Air Force, 1988-2004 ANG
Rank: E-7 MSgt. (Ret.)
Job: Missile Maintenance, Conventional Munitions.

Travel, Travel, Travel..........Loved it!
Saaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllluuuuuuuute! (imagine Hee Haw)
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:08 PM
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After reading this, you will all know where my DW nick came from. ;)

Branch: US Army
Duty Station: Fort Hood, Texas
Unit: C Co, 2/7 Cav (MECH), 1st Cavalry Division
Years of Service: 2001-2005
Rank: E-5
Job Description: 11B, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle gunner

I went to Basic/OSUT during the summer of 2001 and reported to Fort Hood on Sept 12, 2001. Talk about being nervous on my first day at Fort Hood!

Deployed to Iraq 10 years ago this week: March 2004 - March 2005. Fought in Baghdad and in the re-invasion of Fallujah in November 2004.

After Active Duty, I served in the Reserves for 4 more years as a weapons instructor in the SARG (Small Arms Readiness Group) based out of Fort Sam Houston.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:16 PM
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After reading this, you will all know where my DW nick came from. ;)

Branch: US Army
Duty Station: Fort Hood, Texas
Unit: C Co, 2/7 Cav (MECH), 1st Cavalry Division
Years of Service: 2001-2005
Rank: E-5
Job Description: 11B, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle gunner

I went to Basic/OSUT during the summer of 2001 and reported to Fort Hood on Sept 12, 2001. Talk about being nervous on my first day at Fort Hood!

Deployed to Iraq 10 years ago this week: March 2004 - March 2005. Fought in Baghdad and in the re-invasion of Fallujah in November 2004.

After Active Duty, I served in the Reserves for 4 more years as a weapons instructor in the SARG (Small Arms Readiness Group) based out of Fort Sam Houston.

Saaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllluuuuuuuute! (imagine Hee Haw)
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Branch: Army
Duty Station: Berlin Germany
Unit: 279th Station Hospital, US Army Hospital Berlin
Years of Service: 1968 to 1971
Rank: Spec 5/E5
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:35 PM
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Branch: USAF
Duty Station: Travis AFB, CA
Units: Several
Years: 2002-2011
Rank: E-5
Job: 3E771 Firefighter/Inspector/Medic

I did two tours in Afghanistan that spanned 2003-2005. Home long enough to get my girlfriend pregnant. LOL Did a tour in Iraq in 2008. Unfortunately, I got hurt and my military service was cut short, but I still have a fancy retiree id. The camaraderie is what I miss the most.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:43 PM
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Branch: U.S. Navy
Duty Station: Norfolk, Va, Groton, Ct, Pearl Harbor, Hi, Agana, Guam, Sacramento, CA
Unit: 8 Different submarines, instructor duty, recruiting duty
Years of Service:1993-2013
Rank at discharge: E7
Job: Navigation and Radar Electronics Technician

I have stepped foot on every continent except Antarctica. I have seen the Cliffs of Dover, surfed on the Gold Coast and toured the Sistine Chapel. Some days were great, some days were terrible, but all in all I enjoyed my 20 years of service.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:12 PM
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Just curious how many military vets we have on board. Sound off with your enlistment information if you were in....

Me

Branch: U.S. Army
Duty Station: Ft. Campbell, KY
Unit: 101st Airborne, 3rd Brigade, 3/187th Infantry HHC and Bravo Company
Years of Service:1986-1989
Rank at discharge: E4
Job: I was a radio operator for a line company commander. Basically a grunt with an antenna.

Three of the best years of my life although at the time I did not know that :-) I earned the GI Bill through my enlistment which paid for two years of college. More importantly the army turned an irresponsible future inmate into what resembles a fine, tax-paying 'Merican.

Your turn.

MM

Rakkasans!

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Old 03-19-2014, 03:14 PM
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Branch: U.S. Army
Duty Station: Several
Unit: Several
Years of Service:1986-2008
Rank at discharge: E8
Job: First Sergeant
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:57 PM
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Branch: Army
Duty Station: Berlin Germany
Unit: 279th Station Hospital, US Army Hospital Berlin
Years of Service: 1968 to 1971
Rank: Spec 5/E5
76J20 Medical Supply Specialist
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:58 PM
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Rakkasans!

Man that looks different than when I was there. There was a rumor that Jimi Hendrix was a Rakkasan but I am not sure...
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:00 PM
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Branch: U.S. Army
Duty Station: Several
Unit: Several
Years of Service:1986-2008
Rank at discharge: E8
Job: First Sergeant
Saaaaalllllllluuuuuuuuute!

Ok saluting everyone is clogging up the forum :-) I will salute everyone at the end of each day :-)
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:20 PM
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Branch: Army
Duty Stations: Fort Lewis, Korea, Schofield Barracks, Presidio of Monterey, Fort Richardson
Units: 2nd ID, 25th ID, 1st SF Group, 4/25 BCT(A), various others
Years of service: 1990-2010
Rank at discharge: Sergeant First Class (retired in lieu of promotion)
Job: Communications intercept operator/supervisor, platoon sergeant, jumpmaster

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Old 03-19-2014, 06:21 PM
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Man that looks different than when I was there. There was a rumor that Jimi Hendrix was a Rakkasan but I am not sure...
Nope, not a Rakkasan.....................he was technically in 3rd Brigade, but was part of a support company

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Old 03-19-2014, 06:31 PM
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Branch: U.S. Army
Current Duty Station: Ft. Leavenworth, KS
Unit: 8th, 13th, 74th EOD Detachment, 1st Ranger Battalion, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, 1-505 P.I.R.,82nd Airborne, 3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, Asymmetric Warfare Group, Command and General Staff College
Years of Service:1985-Present
Rank at discharge: Lieutenant Colonel and still serving
Job: Enlisted: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)Technician, Officer: Infantry

Joined the Army in July 1985 as a Private, E-1 and 29 years later I'm still serving.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:41 PM
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Branch: U.S. Army
Current Duty Station: Ft. Leavenworth, KS
Unit: 8th, 13th, 74th EOD Detachment, 1st Ranger Battalion, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, 1-505 P.I.R.,82nd Airborne, 3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, Asymmetric Warfare Group, Command and General Staff College
Years of Service:1985-Present
Rank at discharge: Lieutenant Colonel and still serving
Job: Enlisted: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)Technician, Officer: Infantry

Joined the Army in July 1985 as a Private, E-1 and 29 years later I'm still serving.
Chris I am in KC area also - we should get beers sometime and talk shop.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:57 PM
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I would like to thank all you folks for your service. Unfortunately I am unable to serve, I am not "stable" enough, and now I am too old. It was not for a lack of trying though.

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Branch: U.S. Navy
Duty Station: Norfolk, Va, Groton, Ct, Pearl Harbor, Hi, Agana, Guam, Sacramento, CA
Unit: 8 Different submarines, instructor duty, recruiting duty
Years of Service:1993-2013
Rank at discharge: E7
Job: Navigation and Radar Electronics Technician

I have stepped foot on every continent except Antarctica. I have seen the Cliffs of Dover, surfed on the Gold Coast and toured the Sistine Chapel. Some days were great, some days were terrible, but all in all I enjoyed my 20 years of service.
My uncle served on a sub for 20 years I believe. He ended up as the XO on the last sub he was on, I don't remember the ship's name. He got my family a tour of an ICBM sub while we visited him in Groton. That was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:15 PM
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new to the forums. Joined to learn everything i could from you guru's of the art, and make some new pals. Saw this thread, Very cool!
Branch: U.S. Army
Duty Station: Ft Polk, La ( i live in indiana now)
Unit: 1/70th armor, 1st A.D during desert shield/storm
Years of Service:87-92
Rank at discharge: E4(P)
MOS: 19k10 (Xm1A1 Crewman)

while im pretty computer stuipd, ill try to attach/post a pic of me and Roger waters from Pink Floyd when i met him. Gave him my Dress green jacket and told him how his music/lyrics gave me hope and he started to cry, wiped his face and took this pic with me backstage at "The Wall" tour 2012 indianapolis Ind. ( Another story in itself) hehehe
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:57 AM
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Branch: US Navy
Duty Station: Norfolk VA and New Orleans, LA
Rating: MU (Musician)
Years: 1985-91
Petty Officer

I learned that this band will cease all operations by the summer. The days of the fleet bands are dying due to budget cuts. Sad, because it's the end of an era.
If the Pentagon had bought just one less outdated F-22, a dozen bands could stay active for the public's enjoyment.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:00 PM
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Branch: US Navy
Duty Station: Norfolk VA and New Orleans, LA
Rating: MU (Musician)
Years: 1985-91
Petty Officer

I learned that this band will cease all operations by the summer. The days of the fleet bands are dying due to budget cuts. Sad, because it's the end of an era.
If the Pentagon had bought just one less outdated F-22, a dozen bands could stay active for the public's enjoyment.
That's a shame. Is the Music school still going?
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:09 PM
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Branch: U.S. Army
Duty Station: Several across the USA, South Korea, Europe and Desert Shield/Storm
Unit: Several
Years of Service: 1983 - 1998
Rank at discharge: Staff Sergeant (Retired)/E-6
Job: Calibration Specialist, Electronics Instructor, Army Recruiter

Note to Mr IP and anyone else who didn't/couldn't/can't wear a military uniform: wearing a uniform doesn't affect your ability to serve your country. Every time you positively impact a military family member, you increase the effectiveness of our warfighters. Maybe you yielded to someone in heavy traffic - did you know it was a harried military mom with her three kids in tow? Each time you make life a little bit easier for a family member, it takes a bit of weight from the shoulders of a grunt, zoomie, squid or leatherneck. When I was serving away from home, I was much more effective when I wasn't worrying about my family.

Note to OP: maybe you should start a thread for our civil uniformed services (cops, fire, border patrol, etc.).
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:18 AM
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That's a shame. Is the Music school still going?
I really don't know. Would be interesting to find out though.
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