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Re: Brainstorm - Our Past and Present Military on CF
Reply #120 - 06/15/10 at 11:05:38
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What do Army Engineers do when they get bored? They paint.

Pic from Germany, 1988. (I am the taller one).

  
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Reply #121 - 07/11/10 at 18:53:08
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Well, how do I begin?  I guess like this:

I joined when I was 17 and went of to serve aboard the USS SAM HOUSTON (SSN 609) from 1982 to 1986.  That boat was an old boomer that was converted to conduct SEAL insertion and recovery.  I went from E-1 to E-5 during that tour.  I served on the USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN 616) (Gold) from 1986 to 1987.  I hated SSBN operations (way too boring) so I requested a transfer and went to the USS TREPANG (SSN 674) from 1987 to 1991.  I made Chief (E-7) on that boat and the folks back at the bureau realized I had done 9 years at sea and forced me to go to shore duty.  (At the time, the maximum sea tour was 5 years).
Under duress, I went to the Weapons facility at NAVMAG LUALUALIE in Hawaii from 1991 to 1994.  I was selected to serve as the Force Ordnance Officer on the staff of the Commander Submarine Force, US Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) and served there from 1994-1996.  I then transferred to the USS PHILADELPHIA (SSN 690) to serve as the Weapons Department Leading Chief from 1996-2001.  I left the “Philly” and returned to COMSUBPAC back out in Pearl and retired from active duty in 2003.  

Since I didn’t get enough of Submarines while I was in, I began working for the Navy again, this time as a civilian until present and occasionally go to sea on these remarkable vessels.

Unfortunately, I cannot participate in tales of missions and such.  Like any other Submariner, we tend to be pretty tight lipped about what we did and most of us (except for the idiots who leaked stories to novel writers who knew what bar to go to) refuse to talk about it even amongst ourselves.  The whole “silent service” motto kicks in. What I can say is that I spent a lot of time away from home (over ten years total) and missed pretty much everything you can think of (Funerals, weddings, kid’s first steps, blah blah blah)

The worst part of being a submariner is having someone point at one of your medals and ask “what was that for” and you say the phrase you have been taught to say since day one:  “I can’t tell you.”

We used to also use that phrase when our wives would ask when we are coming home or when we would be able to call from overseas.

More to follow.




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Reply #122 - 07/11/10 at 19:28:57
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Hey, CR. What was your rating?
  
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Hey, CR. What was your rating?


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Reply #124 - 11/23/10 at 14:24:17
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That was our seatrials photo.  I commissioned the USS San Juan SSN-751
  

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Reply #125 - 11/23/10 at 14:26:13
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I'm one of the older guys on here.  I spent 6 years in the US Army and 2 years in Vietnam.   (Note:  I did not "misspeak".  I did say "IN", not "during" Vietnam).  Smiley
You'll forgive me if I choose not to tell a bunch of "war stories".  I'm proud to have served my country, although I'm not as proud of what I had to do to complete the mission and come back alive.  
If it's all the same to you, that's a part of my life I'd just as soon forget.

Well I want to say thank you for all you did for our country.  That was one era of our country I can say I am not proud of.  The way we treated our returning vets angered me and is what drove me to join Patriot Guard.
  

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Reply #126 - 03/18/11 at 11:36:19
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New poster, so I'll be brief.

US Army, 75 - 95.

Enlisted initially as a cook for the ASA School Brigade, but reupped as a bandsman (euphoniumist). I've heard every joke, insult, and dumbass comment about musicians, so please spare me.

Served at Ft. Devens, MA; 1st Armored Division, Ansbach Germany; 2nd Armored Division, Ft. Hood, TX; West Berlin, Germany; Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Never served on a two-way rifle range, though I almost went to Desert Storm. Army's Stop Loss program kept me in Berlin.

Speaking of Berlin - 110 miles behind the Iron Curtain. I've seen communism, socialism, and their failures. Spent almost 9 years there.

Freedom is NOT free.
  

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Re: Brainstorm - Our Past and Present Military on CF
Reply #127 - 03/18/11 at 14:47:04
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Eupher wrote on 03/18/11 at 11:36:19:
New poster, so I'll be brief.

US Army, 75 - 95.

Enlisted initially as a cook for the ASA School Brigade, but reupped as a bandsman (euphoniumist). I've heard every joke, insult, and dumbass comment about musicians, so please spare me.

Served at Ft. Devens, MA; 1st Armored Division, Ansbach Germany; 2nd Armored Division, Ft. Hood, TX; West Berlin, Germany; Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Never served on a two-way rifle range, though I almost went to Desert Storm. Army's Stop Loss program kept me in Berlin.

Speaking of Berlin - 110 miles behind the Iron Curtain. I've seen communism, socialism, and their failures. Spent almost 9 years there.

Freedom is NOT free.


I hear ya brother. I spent 3 1/2 years on the East/West German Border in the late '70s. I was in 2/11 ACR in Bad Kissingen.

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Reply #128 - 04/02/11 at 08:48:58
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21-year Army vet here. Early years in the 1-503d Abn at Campbell, and a tour in Germany. Did most of my overseas time in Latin America, including tours in El Salvador and Colombia during their civil wars; and Panama during the time Jimmeh Cahtuh was handing the canal over to his thug friends.

The most interesting work I did was for InsCom (Intel and Security Command), which I don't think even exists anymore.
  

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Reply #129 - 09/28/11 at 00:02:21
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SaguaroJack wrote on 04/02/11 at 08:48:58:
21-year Army vet here. Early years in the 1-503d Abn at Campbell, and a tour in Germany. Did most of my overseas time in Latin America, including tours in El Salvador and Colombia during their civil wars; and Panama during the time Jimmeh Cahtuh was handing the canal over to his thug friends.

The most interesting work I did was for InsCom (Intel and Security Command), which I don't think even exists anymore.

INSCOM's still around, they're HQed out of Belvoir.
  
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