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AFSOC 1st Sgt said:
On this Veteran's Day, I just want to say thanks for serving to all my brothers (and sisters) in arms. I did 20 years in the Air Force, the last 10 in the SpecOps world and retired as a 1st Sgt in 1997.

I wasn't any kind of hero. But I sure got to hang around with a bunch of them.
Heroes are not just the ones who get shot at or shoot back. You put in 20 years, you served your country well and honorably, that's more than MOST people can say, so you're on the top side there! :patriot: Thanks.

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Same place, same time

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Off to Dayton OH, AF Institute of Technology for a Masters, Physics again, 1994 - 1995
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SHORT AND SWEET...
AFROTC, Miami University, Oxford OH
Airborne school completed Aug 1990
Graduated 1991, BS Engineering Physics
1st Duty Station - Nellis AFB, LAS VEGAS NEVADA! - Worked for Red Flag for those AF folks. 1992-1995
Off to DaytonOH, AF Institute of Technology for Masters, Cost Analysis. 1995 -1996
Recon program office (unmanned air vehicles) 1996-1998
Separated as a Captain to live close to family and began working in manufacturing (magazine company first, and now Glass).
Interesting fact: I worked for R.R. Donnelly and Sons printing in Danville, KY and they produce every AUTOMOBILE magazine in the country.

My utmost respect goes to every service member who has endured long term separation from family and the horrors of armed confrontation. We have such a special society because people are willing to volunteer to put themselves in harms way for the service of their country. God Bless you all.
 

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I enlisted in the US Marine Corps in November 1964 and arrived at Parris Island SC one week after my 17th birthday. I was assigned as a Combat Engineer, spent 9 months on Viegues Island PR doing airfield maintenance then returned to Camp Lejeune NC wher I was given Orders to Staging Battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA. After completing Survival Training I arrived in Viet Nam in June 1966. I was assigned th 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd MarDiv.My unit moved from Da Nang to Dong Ha, Phu Bai, and finally to Quang Tri . During the Tet Offensive of 1968 we were escorting a convoy from Phu Bai toQuang Tri and the NVA were blowing the bridges behind us so that we caoul not return to Hue City. I rotated back to the States in Feb 1968 & got married to my High School Sweetheart in March and was stationed at Camp Lejeune NC where I was a Demolitions Instructor and was given a secondary MOS of Atomic Demolitions Tech. In March 1970 I was given orders back to Viet Nam and was assigned to 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st MarDiv where I was assigned to teach improvised explosive devices, demolitions and land mines to newly arrived Marine Corps and Army personnel and to accompany platoon and company sized infantry units on operations to destroy these devices and to detect newly designed devices.The Battalion rotated back to Camp Pendleton CA in July 1971 After being promoted to Staff Sgt I was assigned to Division School as NCOIC of the Division Land Mine Warfare/Demolitions School where I had to pleasure of serving under Major John Livingston who had been awardwd the Congressional Medal of Honor in Viet Nam. In Nov 1973 I was given orders to Nuclear Ordnance Platoon School and in 1974 I was selected for promotion to the Warrant Officer Program. I completed Officer Candidate School (Another Parris Island without the Sand Fleas) in May 1975 and was reassigned to Camp Lejeune where I was given oeders back to Nuclear Ordnance Platoon as the Team OIC. In 1977 I was selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program and was promoted to First Lieutenant. Upon completion of my tour with NOP I was assigned as Operations Officer G-3 Camp Butler Okinawa Japan where I was in charge of all the ranges and training areas on Okinawa at the time when many of the facilities were being turned over to the Government of Japan. I returned to Camp Pendleton where I servrd as a Company Commander, Engineer Maintenance Co and Plans and Operations Officer 1st Force Service Support Group until I retired in October 1985.
 

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I enlisted in the US Marine Corps in November 1964 and arrived at Parris Island SC one week after my 17th birthday. I was assigned as a Combat Engineer, spent 9 months on Viegues Island PR doing airfield maintenance then returned to Camp Lejuenc NC wher I was given Orders to Staging Battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA. After completing Survival Training I arrived in Viet Nam in June 1966. I was assigned th 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd MarDiv.My unit moved from Da Nang to Dong Ha, Phu Bai, and finally to Quang Tri . During the Tet Offensive of 1968 we were escorting a convoy from Phu Bai toQuang Tri and the NVA were blowing the bridges behind us so that we caoul not return to Hue City. I rotated back to the States in Feb 1968 & got married to my High School Sweetheart in March and was stationed at Camp Lejeune NC where I was a Demolitions Instructor and was given a secondary MOS of Atomic Demolitions Tech. In March 1970 I was given orders back to Viet Nam and was assigned to 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st MarDiv where I was assigned to teach improvised explosive devices, demolitions and land mines to newly arrived Marine Corps and Army personnel and to accompany platoon and company sized infantry units on operations to destroy these devices and to detect newly designed devices.The Battalion rotated back to Camp Pendleton CA in July 1971 After being promoted to Staff Sgt I was assigned to Division School as NCOIC of the Division Land Mine Warfare/Demolitions School where I had to pleasure of serving under Major John Livingston who had been awardwd the Congressional Medal of Honor in Viet Nam. In Nov 1973 I was given orders to Nuclear Ordnance Platoon School and in 1974 I was selected for promotion to the Warrant Officer Program. I completed Officer Candidate School (Another Parris Island without the Sand Fleas) in May 1975 and was reassigned to Camp Lejeune where I was given oeders back to Nuclear Ordnance Platoon as the Team OIC. In 1977 I was selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program and was promoted to First Lieutenant. Upon completion of my tour with NOP I was assigned as Operations Officer G-3 Camp Butler Okinawa Japan where I was in charge of all the ranges and training areas on Okinawa at the time when many of the facilities were being turned over to the Government of Japan. I returned to Camp Pendleton where I servrd as a Company Commander, Engineer Maintenance Co and Plans and Operations Officer 1st Force Service Support Group until I retired in October 1985.
Two things:

1.You fought in Hue City? :eek: They tought us about that in Boot Camp.

2. Ooorah to my fellow Combat Engineer, 1371 runs through my blood
 

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My turn I guess..."volunteered" for the draft after my lottery number was pulled..#6 so I was definetly going!

Three years Army ..13A10..105 / 155 artillery. After 3 yrs watching the AirForce fly over in dry planes applied for and accepted inner service transfer to the AirForce.

AirForce seemed to think I could handle language school.. (Monterey Ca was nice for 2 yrs though!) 2087/95A..Arab linguist. In 1973..it was "boring" in the Middle East...how things would change! Worked on I dont remember how many Hijackings, kidnappings, things most dont even remember happeing or no one ever knew about. Then 1st time we dealt with Iraq in '83..yep we were involved during Iraq / Iran "war, got to spend time in desert..got to go back in early 90's ..the 2nd time we dealt with Iraq and decided to retire in 1994...knew we would go back and knew it was time for me to "bail out".

So...been there, done that...appreciate the service and sacrifices of our troops and the freedom they pay for each day.
 

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great video, small world though . . . it seems I know one of the creators of the video . . . he never showed that much creativity on the job . . . :)
 

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Well, here shortly I may have more stories to tell. I have decided to return to active duty and I am positive I will eventually return to Iraq. Wish me luck!
 

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Well, here shortly I may have more stories to tell. I have decided to return to active duty and I am positive I will eventually return to Iraq. Wish me luck!
Good luck and keep your head down. I was in Ramadi a few months ago and ran into a bunch of your fellow Marines (at the Full Metal Jacket).
 

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one day when i feel a little more like writing, i'll tell a few stories. the most ineresting stories are from my first deployment. i belong to 3rd Soldier Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division "Rock of the Marne". I am a Sergeant First Class. My second deployment, i took a small team of two fellow NCO's, myself, and five soldiers to south central Iraq. We were responsible for keeping all units funded south of Baghdad, from the Syrian border to the Iranian border and south to Kuwait. that is an extremely large area. we also paid all of the Iraqi contractors who did business with the coalition forces. every week i had to travel 21/2 hrs on the road to get my funds replenished. the road we traveled, MSR (Main Service Road) Tampa was one of the two most dangerous roads in Iraq. between myself and one of my Staff Sergeants we had 10 million dollars on hand. more than that if you count our paid contracts. half way through our tour we started hopping rides to baghdad on blackhawks instead of convoying. a little safer but, scary none the less. my soldiers performed magnificently. all were "cherries". by that i mean first time deployers. Fortunately, all my soldiers came home safe. Thank God. i'll tell you guys about our trek to Baghdad during the initial phase of the war in 2003 another time. that was a completely different animal.
 

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Good luck and keep your head down. I was in Ramadi a few months ago and ran into a bunch of your fellow Marines (at the Full Metal Jacket).
i was in Ad-Diwaniyah (camp echo) MSG.
 

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I was stationed at LSA Anaconda, Iraq (Balad for you civies!) for 12 months. I've been all over Iraq, it's quite the place......
A nice place to visit ;) ... but I was stuck there 4 days (earlier this month) on the way to Kuwait. I grew tired of going to the PX(s) after just 1 day of being there. :)
 

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i was at LSA Ananconda i the hospital before i was medivaced to Germany. didn't see a whole lot of that FOB (forward operating base).
 

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i was at LSA Ananconda i the hospital before i was medivaced to Germany. didn't see a whole lot of that FOB (forward operating base).
Were you with 3/3 BCT or 48th ID? I see you are from Columbus, GA. I was located at FOB Warhorse, but I traveled troughout the region (Ramadi, Samarra, Baqubah, ect). Thanks for your service and I hope that you are doing better.

EDIT: Nevermind, I just read your other post and see that you are with 3D ID also. Hooah. :)
 

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Hi: 28 years 6 Navy rest Army, Seal Vet-Nam, army SFspent 2years in Vet Nam, then got out, (1966-1968) Started over in the Army 1970, Retired 1993.
I was in when it was bad, and later when it was good. Lost good men in both. Some times hard to remember them, its been a long time. When I was in TI waiting to ship to Vet-Nam I went to Okland to get of base, the Navy had the U.S.M.C. as gate gards and I was only a Seman at the time and I was stuck in okland. At 1200 am the gates closed and I would be OWAL and in more hot water than I wanted. 1045 no bus back, had to walk. I then had to deal with 14 bad looking biker's who pulled up next to me. I was sure this was going to be a very bad night (this was 1966). Leader as why I was walking this late at night. So I told Him, a also told them I as shipping to Nam in the next few days (at this point I was trying anything). Found out he had just returned, so 14 Hells Angels gave me a ride back to base. I was 11 mins late but the gate keppers felt it was in there best intrest to let me back in.

I am sorry for the run on Par, but one eye is not working any more, but thank GOD i still can drive......
 

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MSG_McKee said:
Were you with 3/3 BCT or 48th ID? I see you are from Columbus, GA. I was located at FOB Warhorse, but I traveled troughout the region (Ramadi, Samarra, Baqubah, ect). Thanks for your service and I hope that you are doing better.

EDIT: Nevermind, I just read your other post and see that you are with 3D ID also. Hooah. :)
MSG, are you 3 BCT from kelly hill? what Bn if so?

Just looked at your Location MSG. "Rock of the Marne". thanks alot. i feel alot better.
 
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