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Stocky
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 13:55
I have heard several members mention that they spent some time in the military, and I was a little curious how many of us there are here at POTN. I will introduce myself a little, and please feel free to do the same:
I am an Engineer Captain in the US Army currently stationed in Kirkuk Iraq. My interest in photography may not have started here, but at least got a jump start in the past few months when I decided to get a little more serious and purchase a Canon XTi. I am on a MiTT team working with the Iraqi Army staff and my duties include working with the Civil Affairs and Public Affairs officers, so that is a lot of what got me interested. The Iraqis I am working with are doing a great job, and there are things here on K1 that you can't see anywhere else, so I am going to try my best and document some of that this year. I regret not taking more pictures when I was in Baghdad and I will try and correct that this time around.

AngryCorgi
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 14:19
I have heard several members mention that they spent some time in the military, and I was a little curious how many of us there are here at POTN. I will introduce myself a little, and please feel free to do the same:
I am an Engineer Captain in the US Army currently stationed in Kirkuk Iraq. My interest in photography may not have started here, but at least got a jump start in the past few months when I decided to get a little more serious and purchase a Canon XTi. I am on a MiTT team working with the Iraqi Army staff and my duties include working with the Civil Affairs and Public Affairs officers, so that is a lot of what got me interested. The Iraqis I am working with are doing a great job, and there are things here on K1 that you can't see anywhere else, so I am going to try my best and document some of that this year. I regret not taking more pictures when I was in Baghdad and I will try and correct that this time around.

Have you seen/used the new green lasers mounted on the Humvees?

Mike McCusker
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 14:24
Stocky,

Thank you for your service, from ex navy (Arabic Linquist)

GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY:):):)

Spark_man
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 14:32
That "other" service is the US Coast Guard - The United States' oldest continuous seagoing service. Semper Paratus!

Stocky
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 15:27
Have you seen/used the new green lasers mounted on the Humvees?
I am not sure what you mean, but we just have the hand held ones. I know there are brighter versions, but the ones we have work most of the time.

Spark_man: My apologies. I know the Coast Guard works hard, and I have heard that until Iraq war the CG saw more combat every year than any of the other services. I seriously considered a joke about it being a part of the Department of Homeland Security, but decided to hold off for now:p.

AngryCorgi
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 15:33
I am not sure what you mean, but we just have the hand held ones. I know there are brighter versions, but the ones we have work most of the time.


Are they as effective as the internet videos show them to be? People just see it, freak out and pull over??

shannyD
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 15:34
my husband was a Marine for 6 years. was in iraq 3 times afghanistan 1 and most of the other countries around there as well . so hes guilty by association with me on here. hah hah. good luck. i hear its quite boring over there.

shannon

shannyD
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 15:36
ps... thank you for the untold work you guys are doing over there.

JimAskew
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 16:47
I have heard several members mention that they spent some time in the military, and I was a little curious how many of us there are here at POTN. I will introduce myself a little, and please feel free to do the same:
I am an Engineer Captain in the US Army currently stationed in Kirkuk Iraq. My interest in photography may not have started here, but at least got a jump start in the past few months when I decided to get a little more serious and purchase a Canon XTi. I am on a MiTT team working with the Iraqi Army staff and my duties include working with the Civil Affairs and Public Affairs officers, so that is a lot of what got me interested. The Iraqis I am working with are doing a great job, and there are things here on K1 that you can't see anywhere else, so I am going to try my best and document some of that this year. I regret not taking more pictures when I was in Baghdad and I will try and correct that this time around.

Stocky,

Thank you for your service to our country.

I spent 21 years as an Army Combat Engineer and retired as an LTC. My war was Vietnam! You and your fellow Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Seamen are doing a great and meaningful job in Iraq and I salute you one and all!

Longwatcher
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 17:09
USAF, Ret. MSgt, Imagery Analyst (1N1 or 206 for you old-timers :)

Only claims to combat; stationed at SAC bases (Beale and Offutt*), basement of the Pentagon for awhile and Riyadh during Desert Storm.

* The only thing more stressful then combat is briefing the SAC IN - an anonymous quote.

While the above is something of a joke, I can vouch for the stress as they typically had an average of 1 officer briefer have a real nervous breakdown every 6 months (out of a pool of about 12 briefers (it might have been less then 12) during the 80's). A few years before SAC was killed by McPeak, Mental Health impossed a rule on the General that no briefer was allowed a second 6 months on the team.

squashed
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 17:15
USAF 1981-1985

Crew Chief F-16's , Hahn AB,Germany mostly. Cold War , only action was at the local Brewhaus and Wine Festivals throughout Germany. :)

ggt1_02
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 19:49
USMC Sergeant 1998-2005
I had some dealings with the Taleban back in 2001 in Afghanistan. I still have a lot of friends running around that sandbox.
Thanks for what you do Stocky.

Medic85
2nd of April 2008 (Wed), 19:53
Many thanks to all of you who have served and currently serve.

I considered the service but held off to be a paramedic in my community.

Not a day goes by that I don't regret my choice to never enlist so you all are held at a high standard by my book.

Spark_man
3rd of April 2008 (Thu), 08:05
Spark_man: My apologies. I know the Coast Guard works hard, and I have heard that until Iraq war the CG saw more combat every year than any of the other services. I seriously considered a joke about it being a part of the Department of Homeland Security, but decided to hold off for now:p.

No worries -

The Coast Guard was origially called the Revenue Cutter Service as was part of the Treasury Department. They operated under the Department of Transportation when I was in and, as you point out, are now part of the Department of Homeland Security. From what I hear, you can make fun of that all you want ... unfortunately, its not really a laughing matter. :(

AngryCorgi
3rd of April 2008 (Thu), 09:12
I worked for the Christians In Action for a long time.

adamo99
3rd of April 2008 (Thu), 10:26
I took a scout/sniper course offered by a bunch of former marine sharpshooters at a local Canadian Forces base a few years back. I'd hate to be on the other side in a battle - those guys were pretty damn good shots.

monokrome
3rd of April 2008 (Thu), 13:49
Many thanks to all of you who have served and currently serve.

I considered the service but held off to be a paramedic in my community.

Not a day goes by that I don't regret my choice to never enlist so you all are held at a high standard by my book.

Nothing to regret in my eyes, your public service is just as valuable.

Tom O
3rd of April 2008 (Thu), 15:59
Another Nam vet here. 2 tours on PBR's..River Patrol Boats.

I salute all those who are in our countrys service today and always extend a hand to those I see in uniform no matter where I see them.

haisai-ojisan
3rd of April 2008 (Thu), 20:10
Does this count?
Navy brat and still working on a Navy base supporting our sailors, marines and their families.

Stocky
4th of April 2008 (Fri), 01:06
Does this count?
Navy brat and still working on a Navy base supporting our sailors, marines and their families.

I think a lot of times my wife has it harder than I do. I know that being in a military family isn't easy right now either, and I appreciate what you are going through.

LBaldwin
4th of April 2008 (Fri), 01:19
My Dad = 30 Years Navy retired as a Command Master Chief
My Brother = 23 years Air Force retired as E-6
Myself - 4 Years Army got out as E-4 '82-85 18th Airborne Corps - 4 Trans Com Ft Bragg & Germany with a few undisclosed stops along the way..

Thanks to all of you for your service!!

woloi
4th of April 2008 (Fri), 14:11
I was actually just at Newport, RI yesterday interviewing at NUWC. They're not exactly military (DoD civilian employees), but they're the ones making all the cool toys for any undersea warfare :cool:. I think the interviews went really good, and the stuff they do there is pretty incredible, so I'm going to be watching my mailbox like a hawk for the next couple of weeks...

scottykm
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 04:50
British Army, ex inf, ex sig, now an armourer (fixing, not storing!)
2 tours in N.Ireland, bosnia (helped out some US civil affairs guys near kupres) Kosovo and 2 trips to Iraq, with another on the way!!
8 years til my 22, then I'll hopefully be in the US or Canada

equetefue
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 05:07
Staff Sgt. for the Air Force here. Was a KC-135R crew chief.

Only 3 years in. Sucks cause I miss it dearly. Had a bad knee injury and they got me out on disability. I rather they kept them money and put me back.

Tandem
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 09:44
Army brat 18 years, 36 years as a USAFA DoD civilian, 233 days to go.

Go Falcons! Beat Navy! Bring the CinC trophy back home where it belongs. :D

fireman93514
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 10:32
I was Nam era never sent there though. My son is currently a tech sgt in the USAF. deployed to middle east four times now, Qatar, Kuwait, and twice to Afghanastan.

Thanks to all you folks who have served and gone in harms way.

Jeff
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 10:33
USAF Air Traffic Controller for 6 years, been doing it on the outside now for 10+ years.

Only the highest respect for military members now-a-days.

Stay Safe!

fotobird
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 13:28
Married to Air Force now but was also an Air Force brat.

Tandem...we were stationed at the USAFA for 3 years. Loved it and miss it greatly!

sixsixfour
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 16:00
1Lt. ex-infantry 4 years. helped pay for college.

GSansoucie
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 19:21
USAF '86 - '92 (Active)
USANG (Pease) '92 - '99

When I got out, I was a SSgt (E-4).

While scanning in old 35mm negatives, I came across some Desert Shield/Storm photos:

http://www.pbase.com/gsansoucie/desert_storm

From our base only (King Fahd). A bunch of photos of A-10 Nose Art too.

My wife is still in, she's a Senior MSgt (E-8) and the reason I couldn't go back in (she'd outrank me by a long shot).

monokrome
14th of April 2008 (Mon), 21:10
Glen,

Any of those A10's come from Bentwaters? A couple tail number look familiar. Old Egress Mech here. 87-89 Bentwaters

MikeT
15th of April 2008 (Tue), 01:40
USAF Active duty. Stationed at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Ne. Hit my 10yr mark in June. I work on RC-135's as a Communication/Navigation specialist (2A5X3A).

Stocky
15th of April 2008 (Tue), 11:30
USAF Active duty. Stationed at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Ne. Hit my 10yr mark in June. I work on RC-135's as a Communication/Navigation specialist (2A5X3A).

What's the difference between a KC and an RC? I thought they were KC135s.

Cybnew
15th of April 2008 (Tue), 12:11
Spark_man: My apologies. I know the Coast Guard works hard, and I have heard that until Iraq war the CG saw more combat every year than any of the other services. I seriously considered a joke about it being a part of the Department of Homeland Security, but decided to hold off for now:p.


My stepdad joined the Coast Guard to avoid the draft. Ended up "exploring the exotic country of South Vietnam" anyway.

equetefue
15th of April 2008 (Tue), 12:19
KC's are tankers, the rarest kind being the T-models (not only they refuel, but can be refueled) and the RC are for electronic warfare and such...

Also the RC's are white ... hehehe

GSansoucie
15th of April 2008 (Tue), 18:28
Glen,

Any of those A10's come from Bentwaters? A couple tail number look familiar. Old Egress Mech here. 87-89 Bentwaters

Those are/were from Myrtle Beach (354TFW/ Panthers).

My best TDY was to RAF Bentwaters in '89. I will always remember the year & month because we left right after I turned 21. So, for my celebration of turning 21, I went to a country where the drinking age was 18. Also, there was this thing about a girl I met there the first night. . .

Rosaj
15th of April 2008 (Tue), 21:51
Wac here (Old Woman's Army Corps), Army Medical (X-Ray), married the Navy (Medical coreman to the marines served in Nam)

Please don't ask what goes on here when Army plays Navy.

My hat is off to all who serve today, they are my younger brothers and sisters.

iasc300
16th of April 2008 (Wed), 21:53
Army- joined 2000
2 tours in iraq- am here currently
Travel between BIAP and Taji
E-6 in the Military Police Corps

spectre
16th of April 2008 (Wed), 22:01
USAF

AC-130H Crew Chief (Hurlburt Field)
AC-130H Flight Engineer
C-130H1 Flight Engineer (Dyess)

Afghanistan (and all surrounding Stans), Iraq, East Africa, Bosnia...and so many others in between...

I hurt my back in Afghanistan and am out now...I am fighting to get back in.

jafrknb
16th of April 2008 (Wed), 22:16
USMC Grunt 81-84, years later too old for the Marines(9/11) so joined the reserve navy as a Seabee,Just got home from 18 months in Iraq...
SEMPER FIDELIS

jafrknb
16th of April 2008 (Wed), 22:21
To all those who served before me ...Thank you for your service
To all those who serve with me...Thank you for your service
For those from all wars who did not come home...YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

spectre
16th of April 2008 (Wed), 22:31
To all those who served before me ...Thank you for your service
To all those who serve with me...Thank you for your service
For those from all wars who did not come home...YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
Amen Brother...

GSansoucie
16th of April 2008 (Wed), 22:34
USAF

AC-130H Crew Chief (Hurlburt Field)
AC-130H Flight Engineer
C-130H1 Flight Engineer (Dyess)

Afghanistan (and all surrounding Stans), Iraq, East Africa, Bosnia...and so many others in between...

I hurt my back in Afghanistan and am out now...I am fighting to get back in.

Spectre, when were you in?

We had AC's at King Fahd in Desert Storm.

spectre
16th of April 2008 (Wed), 22:51
Spectre, when were you in?

We had AC's at King Fahd in Desert Storm.I was after that war...


1994-2006

440roadrunner
17th of April 2008 (Thu), 12:28
Spent 6 years in U.S. Navy, maintained GCA RADAR and TACAN at Miramar, '68-72

MikeT
26th of April 2008 (Sat), 11:34
What's the difference between a KC and an RC? I thought they were KC135s.

KC's are tankers, the rarest kind being the T-models (not only they refuel, but can be refueled) and the RC are for electronic warfare and such...

Also the RC's are white ... hehehe

Sorry for the late response. Yeah the K designator is for refueling, and the R designator is for Reconnaissance.

MikeT
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 16:53
A little off topic, but have yall looked at the camera prices through AAFES? I want a 5d and wanted to get it through AAFES so I could put it on the STAR card. Checked their prices and OMG. Everything is wayy over priced. The 5d from AAFES is $2,459, the 10-22 is $799, and the 580ex II is $479. You would think their prices would be atleast close to competitive, as much as I would like to support the AAFES Mafia, I just cant afford to lol.

jafrknb
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 19:49
you really only save on the tax by shopping at aafes,other than that they like costco or sams not always the best price in town.even overseas a 4gig ipod nano would be 20 dollars more at say camp fallujah than at al asad.they always had a big sign up that said. "aafes we go where you go" they left out "nothing will stop use from getting your money". I would like to have the money they make just in not using pennies in country.

MikeT
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 20:04
Yeah I know you save taxwise, but with places like Amazon around it takes all the savings away. 5d is $300 cheaper and tax free through them...

yeah no kidding about the pennies, the amount of cash they make off of that has to be insane, and they say they do it to save on the cost of shipping pennies overseas. Sounds like double savings to me

monokrome
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 21:22
A little off topic, but have yall looked at the camera prices through AAFES? I want a 5d and wanted to get it through AAFES so I could put it on the STAR card. Checked their prices and OMG. Everything is wayy over priced. The 5d from AAFES is $2,459, the 10-22 is $799, and the 580ex II is $479. You would think their prices would be atleast close to competitive, as much as I would like to support the AAFES Mafia, I just cant afford to lol.

AFFES is a b&m store, compare their prices to say BestBuy or CC, they're a lot cheaper.

jde95tln
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 21:30
Army, active duty for 5yrs 2months and 28day as a 13B Cannon Crewmember. ARTILLERY!!!! Was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany. Deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo for six months a piece and did one years at Ft. Hood just before getting out and going into the Reserves changing jobs to a 35J Computer Repairman. Then almost got deployed to Iraq 3months before ETSing, but got a medical discharge instead due to Inguinal Hernia. Painful but I'm thankful I didn't have to go over there.

Stocky
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 23:16
You think AAFES is bad at home? You should see deployed AAFES where the cheapest pair of socks they have in the entire store is $10, and thats for white athletic socks. They might have some good deals some times, but if there are other options I try to go there first.
jde: I am sorry to hear about the medical discharge. Iraq isn't all that bad depending on where you go and what job you have. I think our Signal and MI guys all look forward to their deployments.

jde95tln
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 23:26
Yeah, I guess it isn't all that bad depending on where you are. One thing that made me very anxious about going there was the unit I was with. After being active duty for a few years and having a couple deployments under my belt already I knew I could handle it.... but the reserve unit I was getting deployed with had NEVER EVER been out of the state of California EVER!! Not for training, not for a deployment of any kind, anything!! They had absolutely NO experience what so ever. At the time I was still only an E-4 but had more ribbons on my chest than my 1st Sergeant and C.O. COMBINED!! That made me pretty apprehensive about going with them. Plus I had gotten out of Active Duty to spend more time with the family and enjoy some of the freedoms we sacrificed so much for. All my Active Duty deployments were never for more than 6mo. for Iraq they were getting deployed for 18mo+.

Livinthalife
29th of April 2008 (Tue), 23:40
Previous Navy here. was an AT (Aviation Electronic Technician) on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) aka the Sh!tty Kitty! ;)

Eaton Photos
27th of October 2008 (Mon), 12:11
I am Resurrecting a quiet thread here.

Joined the Army; Active Duty. I leave for OSUT on 5 Nov 08., headed to "Ft. Lost in the Woods". Had to get some waivers to get in, which has delayed me, in my opportunity to serve our country. I will be having a lengthy stay there, as I am doing the 21E program ;)

I come from a long standing multi-generational military family (though, not a military brat). I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of service to our country.

I greatly appreciate the service by all branches of the Military & the Public Service Departments- PD, FD, EMS, & others' which do not receive much publicity. :cool:

While I am gone, my wife has stated, she will make good use of my gear :eyes :rolleyes:

cheson74
3rd of November 2008 (Mon), 10:19
I'm an active duty Army Infantry Platoon Sergeant. Currently serving my 11th month out of 15 months in Iraq. This is my 3rd deployment in the past 4 year stinkin years.

Miyagi-san
3rd of November 2008 (Mon), 11:20
Active USAF, 2 months shy of my 10 year mark!

We sure do miss the good ol' USA! (Spent over 6 of the last 10 years out of it :( )

edit: Oh yeah, 2T2 (air transportation)...huge career field but the jist of it is moving cargo and passengers. If you deployed and flew through Ramstein Air Base you were handled as a passenger by my current squadron.

john-in-japan
3rd of November 2008 (Mon), 11:44
30 Years United States Navy '61-'91. '66-'67 3rd Marine Division, Vietnam.
John

fslshooter
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 08:38
My wife and I are both retired USAF -- 22 years for me and 25 for her. I served in Viet Nam and she served in the Gulf War. A friend reminded me of this the other day -- "A veteran is someone who at one point in his or her life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their lives." Our thanks to you who continue to serve and for the blank checks you've written.

Go4EVA!
5th of November 2008 (Wed), 19:41
USAF -- 22 years -- Aerospace engineer -- worked in intelligence and weapon systems acquisition. Currently serving the USA as a Government employee at the NASA-Johnson Space Center.

Happy Veteran's Day to all (next week)!!:D

Vetteography
11th of November 2008 (Tue), 08:33
3 1/2 years USN
6 1/2 years USA

So, since you could only choose one, I chose 'Other'.

MattMoore
11th of November 2008 (Tue), 08:57
4.5 years USAF intel (I swear to god if I hear one more 'military intelligence = oxymoron' joke....)

JWright
11th of November 2008 (Tue), 15:46
Navy all my life... My father was a Naval Officer and I enlisted in the Navy two weeks after he retired. I served a tour with the Navy's port security forces in Vietnam (hence the medals) and went on to become a hard hat diver and then spent time with the Navy's Inshore Undersea Warfare Community, now know as Maritime Expeditionary Warfare. I retired after 20 years with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

On this Veteran's Day, I want to thank all who have served, no matter what country you are from.

PhotographersMate
17th of December 2008 (Wed), 00:39
I'm currently USN stationed in San Diego at a helo squadron. I do all of the photos for my command and was fortunate enough to do my CO's last flight pics and fly with him. I was stoked after asking for the last year to do them. I've been in the military since 1998 and have been deployed on 2 nine month deployments 5 months apart from each other. Currently on shore duty and getting out in nov 2009. I've been fortunate to be the command photographer at every command I've always been in but this command has let me keep all of my photos for my portfolio.

SHULTSIE!!!
21st of December 2008 (Sun), 19:45
Currently USAF, going on almost 6 years, thinking about switching over to the green side and fly for the Army as a warrant.

surgeonhawkeye
15th of July 2010 (Thu), 19:06
i found this thread today....well I am a O5 in my country s Air Force as a Trauma Surgeon
Worked with you guys in some Ops, probably could talk about it in some years
To those of you who serve in any branch from any country that helps to save lives and fight for freedom, i salute you.

LV Moose
15th of July 2010 (Thu), 19:23
Twenty-two years in the AF. Ten enlisted, out two for ROTC, twelve as an officer.
- Avionics Ground Equipment tech for the F-111D
- Gunner on B-52's (D and G models)
- Signals intel in cold-war Berlin
- Targeting intel/weaponeering
- Combat search & rescue intel for a joint test & evaluation team
- Red Flag intel at Nellis (wrote/briefed intel scenarios, BDA debriefings).

LV Moose
15th of July 2010 (Thu), 19:24
4.5 years USAF intel (I swear to god if I hear one more 'military intelligence = oxymoron' joke....)

I feel your pain

J_TULLAR
16th of July 2010 (Fri), 14:46
Intel/ command pao
USN 7 years
currently stationed in Bahrain for the last 3 years.


Waddup!

Markk9
16th of July 2010 (Fri), 17:05
I'm a retired eagle driver....................long live the USAF, long live the eagle. Only fighter jet to date that has not lost a fight. No eagle has ever been lost to an enemy fighter.

Mark