Are You A Military Veteran?

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  1. hdvades

    hdvades Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Yup. Retired now.
     
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    I thought it was a joke, never heard of it being applied.
    The Lt at the rifle range....very strange.
     
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    Yep. 22-1/2 years in the US Navy. Submarine force.
     
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    got them and will shipping them to you today. ha!

    play music!
     
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    Me as a PFC with my company (Bravo Co., 3-4 INF, 170th IBCT) getting a JSAM (Joint Service Ach. Medal) at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Prov., AFG (2011)
     
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    Thank you for your service!

    It is a shame you submariners cannot talk more about the things you've done. Both my cousin's boys were in the submarine force and frankly they were more close mouthed than a fellow I know who was with the CIA. And Rich (rip) was Noncommissioned (but assigned to surface vessels) for even longer than you and he wouldn't say much either. When it was about time for him to say something, he lit up a Marlboro instead or poured another whiskey.
     
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  7. MattyK-USA

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    I spent the first 10 years of my post-military career at Electric Boat in Groton, CT - designer and maker of America's Nuclear Submarines (yes, yes we let Newport News build some). Mom and Dad both retired from there, and Uncle Herman was Commander of Cavalla in WWII, with which he sank the Japanese Carrier Shōkaku on her maiden patrol. That's one heck of a story in and of itself.

    I worked on design of Hartford (688), Trident (726), Seawolf (SSN 21, 22, 23) and Virginia Class Submarines. It was a singular honor to do this work for our nation's Submariners, who are now and always have been the world's only 100% volunteer military force.

    Uncle Herman's adventures: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cavalla_(SS-244)
     
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    1st Thank You All for Your Service.
    I was eligible for the draft during the lottery years of Vietnam. Both years I had high enough numbers to not be drafted. I had a bad attitude at the time and didn’t enlist either to my regret now. Again thank you Veterans!
     
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    God I hated Fort Benning. I was a 91A, or medical specialist, so I went to basic at Fort McClellan, and AIT at Fort Sam Houston. But I get sent to Fort Benning for Airborne school, RIP, and Ranger School. Most of the guys I met in RIP were Infantry, if you were at Benning in the early 90's, you might have trained a few of them. My worst memories of Benning were throwing up on Cardiac Hill during our morning runs, and throwing up on airplanes. There is nothing like doing a PLF with a airsickness bag full of a regurgitated Corned Beef Hash MRE in your cargo pocket (the MRE boxes in those days said "not for pre-flight consumption," yet they made us eat them before jumps, and many of us left our lunches on the planes).

    If I had to do it all over again, I would have become a medical supply specialist and been stationed at Fort Sam. If you are at Fort Sam and can't get laid, something is indeed wrong with you. The companies are about 50% female, and when large numbers of young women live together far from home, they tend to push each other into doing things they might not otherwise do (which is why I won't let my daughter join the military).

    I was once on leave, and driving from North Carolina to El Paso to visit family. I stopped at Ft Sam, and ate in the mess hall where I had eaten so many meals as a trainee. I got in line with the trainees for afternoon chow, all in starched (more or less) BDU's. I was the only one in the entire building in civvies, and I was wearing a t-shirt from the "Best Ranger Competition" which had been held the weekend before at Benning.

    In the mess hall there was a table with half a dozen Drill Sergeants putting out an evil vibe. All half dozen of them stared daggers at me while I waited in line, while I paid my $2.10 for lunch, and while I leisurely ate my two cheeseburgers. Until the week before, I had been deployed to a hot and sunny place, and had a darker tan than a Miami Beach retiree. They gave me that "Oh you gonna get it now" look that only a Drill Sergeant can give. But as they didn't quite know what to make of me, they left me alone.

    Later that evening I stopped at the rec center, and chatted up a few of the females over pizza. And one of them kindly spent the rest of the night with me. Army life can be good or bad, for me it was mostly good.
     
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    @MattyK-USA I was stationed in Groton, CT for 13 years. I was on the Pre/Commissioning crew for the USS Connecticut (SSN-22). I bet we crossed paths at one time or another.
     
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  11. MattyK-USA

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    No doubt! I take it you were at the Sub Base up the river. I have a pretty cool little item related to SSN-23 (Jimmy Carter) that I'll take a pic of and upload. If I can remember, that is... getting harder all the time LOL :rolleyes:
     
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    I was walking through Millington Naval Base in Millington, TN. I actually don't remember why I was there (39 years ago) but I was wearing my Air Force dress uniform. Millington is a training base and a lot of personnel there are new recruits. Navy and Marines. I kept getting saluted because they didn't know if I was an officer or not, lol. I heard a girl ask a guy if I was an officer and he said he didn't know but just salute me to be safe. I had a poker face on but inside I was cracking up and saluted everyone who saluted me. I was 18 and an E2 at that time, lol.
     
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  13. MattyK-USA

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    I remembered! I still have this in my tchotchke drawer -

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