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hey shane, my name is SFC Williams. i'm at walter reed now but, about to be released. i'm in 3rd ID. i am proud to be able to say that i serve in the same Army as brave young men like yourself. Hooah!

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hey shane, my name is SFC Williams. i'm at walter reed now but, about to be released. i'm in 3rd ID. i am proud to be able to say that i serve in the same Army as brave young men like yourself. Hooah!

"Rock of the Marne":patriot:
SFC Williams, do you need anything..?? I have family in DC and visit frequently. If you or anyone up there needs anything, ask and I'll drop it by on one of my visits.
 

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Thanks guys! We and the rest of this country can never repay you for you contributions and sacrifices during our time of need!

Again, if any of you need anything, I will try my hardest to make it happen!

God bless you and the US! Stay as safe as you can be and give 'em hell!

To all the men and women who have fought for this great country, we salute you and say thank you! Because of you, I am able to sit here and write on my computer! Because of you, freedom will continue to ring from coast to coast of this great country! Thank you from the deepest of my heart!


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Army 11 years and two days right now.

My first duty station was Ft. Hood as an A/C Mechanic in 13th Coscom. Three years there and no NTC rotations, I got off lucky.

Changed my MOS to my current job (old 52E new 21P) Prime Power Production Specialist. The school is at Ft Belvoir and is a year long heavy in math and physics. That was 1998-1999. My next duty station was Germany and spent two years there. Made it down to Kosovo for a couple days and I'm glad it was only a couple days. 9/11 we were on a telephone confrence call with our command back in the states when we started hearing what had happened. I was 20 days from returning to the states. Ended up back at our maintenence section at Ft Belvoir. After six months there we get the call that we were deploying to relieve one of our line units. Unlike many of the rest of the Army, my battalion is all we got. Ended up in a little country called Kyrgzystan running a power plant for an Air Force Expeditionary Wing. My first dealing with the Air Force. They live nice, glad I didn't join the Air Force. One week on the ground we got told not to get comfortable we were not staying. 90 days later I found myself sucking sand in Kuwait the day after Thanksgiving 2002. We had five power plants that had been ran upwards of 12 months continously in Afganistan and had to overhaul them all and bring them up to full mission capable status in 60 days. A lot of long days, long nights and 24 hour ops and the units were done. We turned over the plants to another line unit and got back to the states. 5 days later OIF kicked off. A year later we got told we were back in the rotation because the battalion was out of bodies. Two years after the start of our rotation in OEF we were on another plane going to OIF. Ended up bouncing around the country for six months trying to get power going on different posts. Got my first experence working with Marines at Al Asad. Nice people, glad I didn't join the Marines. 30 days before redeploying I received a PERSGRAM stating I was on reassignment orders back to Germany. 100 days after redeploying I was signing into my old unit in Germany. Come to find out there rotation order got bumped up and were on deck. 12 months after getting out of the sandbox I'll be sucking the sand again doing what I do best, getting power to the people.
 

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12 months Viet Nam 1968-1969. Top Secret Aircraft - radar maintenance. God Bless the Fly Boys.......glad I joined the Air Force. God Bless All Who Defend This Great Country. :patriot:
 

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24 years in the military, retired in 1996. 4 years in the Marine Corps and 20 in the Army. During this time, esp while Viet Nam was going on and while stationed in the Philippines I had experienced so much, however because most, esp non-military personnel rarely believes me, I decided just to remain quite, yet proud.

Any ways, I currently have two sons in IRAQ with the Army and they have been there for three years now. We do have a strong military history within our family and with prayers and some luck my son's and others will eventually come home in good health and spirits.

I still remain a current Army civilian employee working daily side by side with hundreds of soldiers, and it seems everyday I witness unimaginable patriotic service.

I feel so blessed, just as most Americans do.
 

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24 years in the military, retired in 1996. 4 years in the Marine Corps and 20 in the Army. During this time, esp while Viet Nam was going on and while stationed in the Philippines I had experienced so much, however because most, esp non-military personnel rarely believes me, I decided just to remain quite, yet proud.

Any ways, I currently have two sons in IRAQ with the Army and they have been there for three years now. We do have a strong military history within our family and with prayers and some luck my son's and others will eventually come home in good health and spirits.

I still remain a current Army civilian employee working daily side by side with hundreds of soldiers, and it seems everyday I witness unimaginable patriotic service.

I feel so blessed, just as most Americans do.
You and your family take a VERY active part in service to our country. From all of us, a Texas-sized THANK YOU.

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military; tell us your story

I am a retired US Army Special Forces officer. I spent 38 yrs in uniform. Fought in Vietnam (4 tours) and every war since, including Afghanistan and Iraq in this war. Wounded many times. Retired in 2003 and am now working as a civilian for the Government, doing same type of work.
 

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a little late

hmm I was lucky
well I missed the first gulf war as I was just in high school then joined the marines and missed the second gulf war as I have been a nasty civilian too long:lol:
I had great duty. I was infantry then went to special duty as a Marine security force guard. I was on sea duty and have been everywhere man. I did go to the middle east during peace time and it was interesting. Part of some operations in the middle east and bosnia. Never had a shot fired at me and never had to fire a shot (had some close calls though) spent my last year in Quantico, VA. I still remember the day I got out...ah it was wonderful. They made me get two haircuts as I was trying to grow my hair. for the last two months I was in I would go to the barber shop and say "give me the "Major low reg" haircut as I was a short-timer but I had to check out with the company 1stSGT and he did not dig the hair do and made me get a hair cut and I cam back with a Medium reg, and he was like "I told you to get a hair cut" so I went back and the barber re-cut it for free and laughed.It was a great journey. I went in 109 lbs and got out a very in-shape 150 lbs. In hindsight I bet I made my DI laugh in bootcamp on my first day with my platoon when we were lined up in our skivvies and shower shoes and he stopped in front of me as was like "what the f%*K do we have here...what are you a buck O five?" and I was proud of getting my weight up to just below the minimum of 110lbs so I could join and I yelled back with the straightest toughest face I could "NO SIR, THIS RECRUIT WEIGHS 109lbs SIR" and then all hell broke out....lol the best of times the worst of times
well here is my last photo with my "low reg" hairdo
 

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U S Navy Cruiser Fires on Pirate Vessel

"From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli"

I know, that's the U S Marines, but that's OK, they're part of the U S Navy!

Navy News | March 20 said:
USS Cape St. George, At Sea - USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) returned fire on a group of suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, killing one and wounding five, approximately 25 nautical miles off the central eastern coast of Somalia in international waters at 5:40 a.m. local time, March 18.

Cape St. George, a guided-missile cruiser, and Gonzalez, a guided-missile destroyer, were conducting maritime security operations in the area as part of Combined Task Force 150, a maritime coalition task force currently led by Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Hank Ort, when they spotted a suspect vessel towing two smaller skiffs heading west toward the coast. As Gonzalez’s boarding teams prepared to conduct a routine boarding of the suspect vessel, the two Norfolk, Va.-based Navy ships noticed the group of suspected pirates were brandishing what appeared to be rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers.

The suspected pirates then opened fire on the Navy ships. Cape St. George and Gonzalez returned fire with small arms in self-defense.

One suspected pirate was killed and a fire ignited aboard the main suspect vessel. Boarding teams from Cape St. George and Gonzalez took twelve other suspects into custody, including the five injured. The Navy boarding teams also confiscated an RPG launcher and automatic weapons. No U.S. Sailors were injured in the engagement.

The Navy ships are providing medical treatment to the wounded suspects, continuing search and rescue efforts for any additional suspects and collecting further evidence from the vessel and skiffs. Royal Netherlands Navy medical personnel, including a medical doctor, are en route to assist from HNLMS Amsterdam.

Coalition forces conduct maritime security operations under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that all commercial shipping can operate freely while transiting the region.

On March 15, the United Nations Security Council encouraged naval forces operating off the coast of Somalia to be vigilant and take action against piracy. Pirate attacks against aid ships have hindered UN efforts to provide relief to the victims of a severe drought in the area.
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I wrote a book about it...

I spent over two years writing a highly controversial book about my experiences in Vietnam. It was my way of dealing with the past and the memories. Synopsis of the story is at www.LuLu.com/Trentyoung :cool:
 

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I just found out the armed services sponsor NASCAR teams.

http://www.military.com/NASCAR

Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

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Letter to the terrorists

U. S. Military said:
I Am Coming!


Dear Terrorists,
I am a Navy Aviator. I was born and raised in a small town in New England. I come from a family of five. I was raised in a middle class home and taught my values by my mother and father.

My dad worked a series of jobs in finance and my mom took care of us kids. We were not an overly religious family but attended church most Sundays. It was a nice small Episcopal Church. I have a brother and sister and I am the youngest in my family. I was the first in many generations to attend college.

I have flown Naval aircraft for 16 years. For me the flying was never a lifelong dream or a "calling," it just happened. I needed a job and I liked the challenge. I continue to do it today because I feel it is important to give back to a nation which has given so much to me. I do it because, although I will never be rich, my family will be comfortable.

I do it because many of my friends have left for the airlines and someone has to do it.

My government has spent millions to train me to fly these multi-million-dollar aircraft. I make about 70,000 dollars a year and after 20 years will be offered a pension

I like baseball but think the players make too much money. I am in awe of firemen and policemen and what they do each day for my community, and like teachers, they just don't get paid enough.

I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger. I'm not sure about kids these days but I think that's normal for every generation.

I tell you all this because when I come for you, I want you to know me. I won't be hiding behind a woman or a child. I won't be disguised or pretending to be something I am not. I will be in a U.S. issue flight suit. I will be wearing standard US issue flight gear, and I will be flying a navy aircraft clearly marked as a US warplane. I wish we could meet up close in a small room where I could wrap my hands around your throat and slowly squeeze the life out of you, but unfortunately, you're hiding in a hole in the ground, so we will have to do this a different way.

I want you to know also that I am very good at what I do. I can put a 2,000 lb weapon through a window from 10,000 feet up. I generally only fly at night, so you may want to start sleeping during the day. I am not eager to die for my country but I am willing to sacrifice my life to protect it from animals like you.

I will do everything in my power to ensure no civilians are hurt as I take aim at you.

My countrymen are a forgiving bunch. Many are already forgetting what you did on Sept 11th. But I will not forget!!

I am coming. I hope you know me a little bit better, see you soon...sleep tight.

Signed

A U.S. Navy Pilot

Our Soldiers are one

of our greatest assets!

God Bless
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SPS (Seven Patriot Salute)

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I just found out the armed services sponsor NASCAR teams.

http://www.military.com/NASCAR

Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

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For several years now and the National Guard does well in NASCAR and the US Army has done VERY well on the drags circuit. :thumbs:
 

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Well , I must say that i have the utmost respect for you folks.....I was a navy man myself (during the 80's).....not much happened for me personally...just saw lots of water lol!
On a side note: We just found out that my wife is getting called up to go to Iraq. She has been in the Army National Guard for 14 years now (engineer company...she builds bridges) She's leaving end of May.
I have always been very proud of her........but i'm also worried ....alot!:nonod:
 

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Well , I must say that i have the utmost respect for you folks.....I was a navy man myself (during the 80's).....not much happened for me personally...just saw lots of water lol!
On a side note: We just found out that my wife is getting called up to go to Iraq. She has been in the Army National Guard for 14 years now (engineer company...she builds bridges) She's leaving end of May.
I have always been very proud of her........but i'm also worried ....alot!:nonod:


I am in the same boat as you....my girlfriend is in the national guard too and may ship out. She finds out very soon...I would rather it be me than her..
 

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My son is presently stationed in Afghanistan, with the Army Transportation. Been there about a month. Back home, the focus has gone from Afghanistan to Iraq. What most don't realize is that our soldiers are still very much in harms way in Afghanistan. He said the base they are on was mortared the other morning.

I know a couple of others from my area who are Marine Reserves, who have been to Iraq a couple of times. I have nothing but utmost respect for all who serve in this capacity, during wartime or peace.
 

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Pretty easy duty

USN - '61 to '66: inlisted
Two WestPac cruises in Fighter Squadron 21 on the USS Midway (on the flight deck).
Patrolled the Formosa (Taiwan) Straights to keep the General 'Chang' from invading mainland China.
Fun with Russian Bison bombers north of Japan along the Aleutian islands.
This was Pre-Vietnam, however we were knocking down MIGs in '64.
Last 2 years in VX-4 @ Point Magoo, Ca. riding rear seat in F-4's quite a bit - big fun (mach two pin).
 
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