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    Quote Originally Posted by Retirednsmilin308 View Post
    I was in from 73 to 90 with one year broken service. We may have served together at some point.
    73-mid 75 Training in Millington, TN
    75-78 HSL-34 in Norfolk, VA
    78-80 USS Constellation CV-64 (Shellback Apr 79 )
    80-81 Out
    81- 83 VAW-78 Norfolk, VA
    83 - 85?? USS America CV-66
    85 - cross rated to STG
    85 - 88 USS Curts FFG-38
    88 - 90 Naval Reserve Training Center, Houston, TX
    Apr 90- Out

    It was a strange twist of karma that I joined the USN from the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps in Houston Texas and was sworn in on Dec 73, and later as a station keeper in that same place, I hung up my hat 15 years, 4 months, and 27 days later. All things happen for a reason.

    As a Sea cadet I was a qualified helmsman on a destroyer before i had my driver's license.

    You can take the kid out of the fleet, but can't take the fleet out of the kid. Sometimes my posts reflect that attitude.
    I enlisted in '72, but did my first almost three years as a Photographer's Mate. Then Vietnam ended (I was on detachment to the Coral Sea then and got a front row seat to Operation Frequent Wind) and all the PH billets disappeared. We were CREO 'E' and it practically took an act of Congress to reenlist in that rating, so I cross-rated to AW.

    I was at Millington in '75, so it's possible we were there at the same time, briefly. I remember we had an Iranian Navy P.O. in my class, which seems kind of weird now, but we were into training all their aviation people at the time.

    From there I went to P3s and served on an aircrew as an acoustic sensor op. VP-30 (or maybe it was 31) for training, then four years with VP-47, deploying to Misawa (loved that place!), Kadena (Okinawa), and Adak, AK.

    Around the end of '79, I went back to Millington for duty as a Company Commander for a couple of years, then I got orders to VP-56 out of Jacksonville. We deployed to Rota, Spain and Iceland, and we were in Keflavik when I cross-rated to OT(A). The OT Detailer thought he'd save the Navy some money and just leave me in Iceland, assigned to the NavFac, but they told me I'd need to extend for 18 months to accept the assignment and I said "You've got to be kidding". That's how I got orders to Hawaii.

    In Hawaii, with NOPC on Ford Island HI from 84-87. I detached from that command for eighteen months toward the end of my tour to work with the Naval Base Master-at-Arms force, which was pretty interesting.

    Orders to the Brit A.F. base at Brawdy, Wales, where I was supposed to spend two years, but had to come back stateside after a few months - humanitarian reassignment. My oldest son, who was twelve at the time, needed a liver transplant and I went back to take care of him. Was assigned for a while to the Recruiting Office in Los Angeles, where I got to brush up on my rusty photographic skills, then got orders to fill an STGC billet at the weather office in Long Beach.

    From there, toward the end of '88, I went to the (now late) Centerville Beach NavSta near Ferndale, CA, out of which I retired (well, technically I transferred to the Fleet Reserve) with 20 years, 8 months and 5 days of active duty service (but who was counting?) Earned my IUSS badge there, and also met my soon-to-be wife, who I later found out had actually been assigned to Kef when I deployed there.

    Jeez, the memories thinking about all that has dredged up! Coincidentally, I now have to go down to the Army Reserve base and get my retired ID card renewed - I guess because I'm 65 now and I have to prove to them that I'm not dead. Wish me luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Cool, from the Tanker Wars right?


    That's right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Standing Wolf View Post
    I enlisted in '72, but did my first almost three years as a Photographer's Mate. Then Vietnam ended (I was on detachment to the Coral Sea then and got a front row seat to Operation Frequent Wind) and all the PH billets disappeared. We were CREO 'E' and it practically took an act of Congress to reenlist in that rating, so I cross-rated to AW.

    I was at Millington in '75, so it's possible we were there at the same time, briefly. I remember we had an Iranian Navy P.O. in my class, which seems kind of weird now, but we were into training all their aviation people at the time.

    From there I went to P3s and served on an aircrew as an acoustic sensor op. VP-30 (or maybe it was 31) for training, then four years with VP-47, deploying to Misawa (loved that place!), Kadena (Okinawa), and Adak, AK.

    Around the end of '79, I went back to Millington for duty as a Company Commander for a couple of years, then I got orders to VP-56 out of Jacksonville. We deployed to Rota, Spain and Iceland, and we were in Keflavik when I cross-rated to OT(A). The OT Detailer thought he'd save the Navy some money and just leave me in Iceland, assigned to the NavFac, but they told me I'd need to extend for 18 months to accept the assignment and I said "You've got to be kidding". That's how I got orders to Hawaii.

    In Hawaii, with NOPC on Ford Island HI from 84-87. I detached from that command for eighteen months toward the end of my tour to work with the Naval Base Master-at-Arms force, which was pretty interesting.

    Orders to the Brit A.F. base at Brawdy, Wales, where I was supposed to spend two years, but had to come back stateside after a few months - humanitarian reassignment. My oldest son, who was twelve at the time, needed a liver transplant and I went back to take care of him. Was assigned for a while to the Recruiting Office in Los Angeles, where I got to brush up on my rusty photographic skills, then got orders to fill an STGC billet at the weather office in Long Beach.

    From there, toward the end of '88, I went to the (now late) Centerville Beach NavSta near Ferndale, CA, out of which I retired (well, technically I transferred to the Fleet Reserve) with 20 years, 8 months and 5 days of active duty service (but who was counting?) Earned my IUSS badge there, and also met my soon-to-be wife, who I later found out had actually been assigned to Kef when I deployed there.

    Jeez, the memories thinking about all that has dredged up! Coincidentally, I now have to go down to the Army Reserve base and get my retired ID card renewed - I guess because I'm 65 now and I have to prove to them that I'm not dead. Wish me luck.
    I can see we did actually cross paths a few times.
    Also my oldest brother was a PH.
    The world just got smaller yet again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retirednsmilin308 View Post
    Hello, new friends. I have been on various sportsman forums before and one political forum. I am only getting back on-line in any way after being off for a few years learning how to not take bait from on-line trolls and also know nothing that happens in a forum has any affect on my life in any way. Not knowing this had made me fresh meat and low hanging fruit for the oh so many on-line trolls that prey on people like I used to be. Especially on political forums. I am now happy to log on and keep things in perspective, as they should be.

    I hope to make many new friends here, regardless of political lean. If you are willing to be friendly and respectful to me, you will find I will more than meet you half way. For some that like to " poke the bear " you will find those tactics are wasted on this member. I made a promise to myself many years ago to only raise my precious blood pressure over things that really matter in my personal life and not anything that happens on-line.

    So let's fuss and cuss and enjoy our discussions of things political and otherwise. I look forward to meeting everyone.

    RnS
    Welcome sir and thanks for your service

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