Dates Served and Wartime if any?
Just curious to know when everyone served, and if you spent any time during a conflict or war.
For me, US Army,
active duty from august 89-august 92 as infantry
sep 20th-may 9th I served in Desert Storm
TN National Guard
september of 92-march of 98 artillery
I wouldn't want to do it again, but there's no way I would change having done it and am proud that I did.
Good idea on this thread-could be interesting. For myself:
US Navy, Construction Mechanic/SeaBees (E-5)
Active Duty July 1976 to April 1981
Holy Loch, Scotland
Port Hueneme, California
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Christchurch, New Zealand
Navy Achievement Medal (Antarctica-remote field operations)
Letters of Commendation
23 years with the Air Force - 73-96
12 years flying with 2200 hours in A-7, OV-10 & A-10 aircraft
11 years staff officer.
- Laughlin AFB, TX - pilot training
- Davis-Monthan, AZ - A-7
- England AFB, LA, more A-7
- Sembach AB, Germany - OV-10
-- Ground FAC for 1/11 ACR in Fulda
- Myrtle Beach, SC - A-10
- Osan, Korea - Senior Duty Officer, Tactical Air Control Center
- Shaw AFB, SC - Munitions planning, force composition planning, etc.
- Will Rodgers Airport, OK - "Mercenary" for the FAA - computer geek
Gulf War I (Desert Strom) Aug 90 to Apr 91 - Air Tasking Order specialist, munitions planner, staff officer.
Missed Viet Nam but not by much. Missed all the 'little' wars in between Viet Nam and Iraq.
LTC Retired. Nice career, got to see a lot of the world - some parts that I'd just as soon missed.
Tuna NCM Lifer - NCM Fighter Squadron
2014 Caravan Captain - OK/TX Panhandle Central OK CC - Lone Star CC
Yeah. Amen to that one.
Originally Posted by Tuna
U.S. Air Force 1974-1978
101st Airborne ,Ft Campbell ,Ky . Then off to Fort Sill ,Ok. My military career was ended after only 10 weeks in 1966.You don't get a purple heart when your own troops shoot ya in basic. But I had a good time anyway.
Retired after 23 1/2 years US ARMY, Sergeant First Class, E-7
(Yeah I could not make E-8, had a little over ten years in grade as an E-7 when I retired)
Service dates: December 6, 1967 – July 1, 1991
Occupation: Master Technician HAWK Missile System, Army Air Defense, predecessor to the Patriot Missile System (Worked some with the Patriot and the FAADS systems)
Yes, I have to put this plug in now for school, when I retired I had a GED (I had little choice about dropping out of high school, lets just state I know about abuse and foster homes) and also I had completed a high school program and earned about 30 college credit hours by my retirement,
1996 I earned my Bachelors of Science in Electronics Technology, with an option in Computer Information Systems
2000-2002 Associate of Science degree in Networking Support Technology
2005 Masters of Business Administration
I said this was a plug and I know there are many who have made it quite well without any formal schooling, but whenever I meet a young person considering dropping out of school I try to discourage it.
“Spirituality gives hope, religions divide people”
From a GED to an MBA
I don't see ANYTHING wrong with being proud of one's educational as well as military background. A college degree can be very difficult and is always a good accomplishment.
US Army 63B Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic / Recovery Specialist ASI
1986 - 1992
Ft. Carson, CO (oh JOY!) 5 yrs
Cakmakli Turkey 1 yr
Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering Technology, 2002 (yes it took 10 long years to get a 4 year degree!)
Very well said, Howard.
Originally Posted by Pseudomind
Air national Guard -64 -Uncle sam called, active duty korea, Vietnam 65-69 (Red Horse), then air guard until 81, then army national guard until 92. retired Combat Engineer. Finished with 25 years and now drawing my rocking chair money. Engineer all the way 12 bravo
20 years in the Navy as a Gunner's Mate, primaraly worked on guided missile launching systems, retired in Jun 05. Retired as a E-6, (liked eating more than running )
Jun 1985 - Sept 1986 Boot camp and school, Great Lakes Il.
Oct 1986 - Jan 1990 USS Semmes DDG-18 Charelston Sc.
Feb 1990 - Dec 1993 Instructor, Great Lakes Il.
Jan 1994 - Jan 1997 USS Ford FFG-54 Long Beach Ca.
and Everett Wa.
Feb 1997 - Feb 2000 USS Lake Champlain CG-57, San Diego Ca.
Longest time spent at sea without touching land.............108 days
Spent a lot of time in the middle east but missed both gulf wars.
It was a great ride but I'm glad it's over. Still I wouldn't trade a day of it.......well maybe some of the 38 hour ones........
Boot camp at Great Lakes
Aviation Fire Control Tech, Oceana, VA (F4-J RADAR Tech)
Instructor duty at Millington, TN
Signed up for six years but busted up my knee and took an early out. No wartime exposure but we went on full alert once for the Middle East Crisis. Used the GI Bill to finish my Bachelor's in Computer Science, and got a low interest veterans loan to buy our first home.
Air Force cadet at the Academy from Jun 02 - May 06. Then decided to change colors.
Now Army Infantry Officer, still active duty and will be for some time
2001 6spd Blk Coupe (Babygirl survived the round of layoffs)
"The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."
US Air Force 1981 - 1986
Weapons Systems Specialist
Kelly AFB/Lackland/Medina Annex 1981 -1983
Mobility support(STAMP-STRAPP), Storage & Handling
Conventional weapons & small arms ammo
RAF Upper Heyford, UK 1983 - 1986
Weapons Storage & Handling/Flightline delivery F-111
CAS & NWS
Operation El Dorado Canyon 4/15/86
Tom Merrick --iya AMMO yas-- ---------------------- '93 Corvette Coupe
- LT1 A4, Black & Silver, 13.76 et @ 113mph (K&N and Power Effects Exhaust)
CAC CruiseFest II '05 - attendee - Bowling Green, KY
CAC CruiseFest III '06 - attendee - Bowling Green, KY
"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God
, then we will be a nation gone under."
-- President Ronald Reagan
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Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?"
-- President Ronald Reagan 8/23/84 May God bless our soldiers and keep them safe.
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