Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Guest, Apr 2, 2004.
There is no such thing as a "good war", but most wars are necessary.
Aircraft Electro-Environmental Systems Craftsman
(aka "spark chaser")
Minot AFB, ND
RAF Alconbury, UK
RAF Lakenheath, UK
Homestead AFB, FL
Robins AFB, GA
U. S. Coast Guard
4/02 - 02/04
Honorable Discharge (Medical)
Since no-one cares.
Mobile command - that would be what Americans call army. We also have Air Command and Sea Command.
The butchery of the traditions of the military is the reason I have to go down east some day and pee on Lester Pearson's grave. While I'm there I'll pee on Trudeau's grave for other reasons.
I was on active duty in the U.S Air Force 1973-1977. I attended San Antonio College's nursing program while working in the military hospital (Wilford Hall) mainly nights. I took a couple of Dantes and Clep tests that I applied to a A.A.S from the CCAF.The miltary provided tuition assistance and a schedule that allowed me to go to school during the day.
I lived in Spain two years past this while my wife finished her military time at Torrejon AFB. In Spain I took classes at the U. OF Maryland and applied them to my other credits and got a B.S in Liberal Studies from The University of the State of New York (Regent's Degrees) which let me enter the M.A program offered by Ball State U. on the Base there. I completed the B.S in 1979, the M.A in 1980. The GI Bill paid for alot of the education.
I joined the Army Reserve in 1981 and served in it until 1996 (Some Active Reserve, some IRR.) I took a lot of military courses in the Reserves. So the military certainly helped me get an Education for which I am thankful.
U.S. Army from 1974-1977. Had a very dangerous job. I was a military journalist and public information specialist, ha!
Began graduate studies at Georgia Southern but transferred to Augusta College, now Augusta State University. Took two courses, Georgia History and Economics. Was majoring in political science.
Went back to Mississippi upon discharge and moved to Richmond, Indiana several years later to begin M.Div. studies at Earlham School of Religion. Two year's later, due to finances, completed graduate theological degree at Bethany, Dothan, AL.
Had I stayed in the military I could have retired in 1997.
I did not like the military. It was too controlling and they cheated me out of a large portion of my G.I. Bill. However, I did get letters of appreciation and commendation, big whoopty do!
Army Reserve AIT 1990-1991 station at Fitzsimons Army MC in Colorado - US Army Biomedical Repair School- 35G
Almost went to the Gulf War
Army Reserve 1991-1998 - stationed in NJ, NY, and FL - almost went to Bosnia
Army Reserve 2002-2003 - stationed in FL - almost went to the Gulf War again and decided the military was not a lucky place to be!
U.S. Navy - 1981-1985.
Stationed in Yokosuka, Japan and San Diego, California.
I served on the U.S.S. Towers (DDG-9) and the U.S.S. Leahy (CG-16).
Towards its members or its foes?
Since Rob L stated that he was probably the youngest...I want to stake my claim as the oldest.
I entered the Air Force cadet program in July 1953 just a week after the Korean hostilities ceased. Flew airplanes as a navigator and later as a pilot for 18 years. Did 13 months in SEA. Ended up flying an LSD (large steel desk) in the Pentagon. Retired after 24 years.
I entered the AF with 69 semester hours and an AA, went to lots of night schools, then graduated from the University of Omaha under the Bootstrap program.
Completed an MBA at Baker College (online) in 2000 when I was 68, and am now teaching business courses at a Christian University in Eastern Oklahoma at the ripe old age of 71. I love it.
And we had that young pup, Bill Grover, pegged for the honor of being the oldest member.
US Army 1980 - 1986 (the other "RA")
USAR 1986 - 1988
USAR Ctrl Grp (IRR) those guys that are "inactive and do nothing" 1988 - 1998
mobilized 1991 Operation Desert Storm - 702nd Trans
activated 1992 - 1993 ARPERCEN St Louis
IMA 1993 - 1998 - now that was fun!
forced to accept my disabilities as a result of the 1991 mobilization in 1998 -- but I still refuse to believe that I'm "disabled"
US Army -- 1977 - 1981, stationed WBAMC in El Paso.
Jimmy, I had an even more dangerous job, 91Q - Pharmacy Specialist.
Did my entire hitch in El Paso.
Dangerous? I've been to El Paso. I believe it!
Hey, kansasbaptist, nice to see you post again!
Mine was 71Q. It's my understanding the MOS nomenclature has changed since I was in.
I think if I were to enlist today, if I were 24 again, I would want to be a medic, chaplain's assistant, or psych tech.
Journalism was fun but I kept getting into trouble because I didn't follow the "party line."
I remember one Easter I did a story about Easter being a pagan holiday that had nothing to do with the Resurrection of Christ. The story was allowed to run but there was flack afterwards.
I also ran a story about reenlistment and quoted the reenlistment sergeant as calling reenlistment efforts "flesh peddling." The sergeant's OIC called me and told me I was in trouble because "My sergeant said he didn't say those things."
I invited him to come to the office and discuss it. He told me in no uncertain terms he didn't need an invitation and he was coming over.
We went into my OIC's office and I said, "Before we begin, will you listen to this?" I turned on a recording of the interview between the sergeant and me.
Half way through he said, "Turn it off Clifton, I've heard enough."
He left without saying another word. The sergeant was reassigned. I felt badly about it all but a journalist's job is to present the facts.
US Army vet. served '86-90'. 1/69 AR 3rd ID in Germany, and 3/63 FA 4th ID in Ft. Carson. Both divisions in Iraq now.....
I am currently in the Army (active). Next month will make 6 years for me.
This is my first time posting on the board, but I visit here on almost a daily basis. I figured it was time for me to go ahead and jump on board.
US Navy 1980 to 1986
Nuclear Machinist Mate (E-6 by end of service)
Nuclear & SubSafe Welder qualification
Submarine duty (4 years) - USS Guardfish (SSN612) out of San Diego.
Good Conduct Medal
As a 4 point veteran, looks like I have a guaranteed job at the US Postal Service
USAF 1969 - 1973
Do you remember which sub tenders you used. I was very briefly on the USS Sperry (AS-12), at that time the second oldest ship in the navy (or close to it). Now it is razor blades, I believe.
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