Veterans Day Week

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    Veterans Day Week

    THANK YOU VETERANS

    In approximately 6 days, it will be Veteranís Day. I didnít want to wait until then to express my gratitude for those who have served, and to the families in which supported their Service Member. Thank you for Serving America.

    Its fascinating to think of all the men and women throughout time that have deployed to military bases that sit literally across the street, or to far away foreign lands to fight often times an unseen enemy.

    Iím thankful for what you have done, the sacrifices you have made, and sure would like to hear one of your memories that you may be revisiting this week due to the Holiday on 11/11Ö

    Iím posting this here because at some point, you have found yourself behind a military issued weapon and there has to be a story that goes with itÖ

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    The best memories were the humanitarian missions I flew. The two that come most to mind are Typhoon Pamela Relief and Operation Snowblow.
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    My very first "memory" of being "conditioned" to the "military way" when arriving at basic training. We were still in civilian clothes, Training Instructors in our face to "nicely explain" how things would work while we were there.

    One of the things was proper wear of the uniform. Well, since we hadn't been issued uniforms, they just started by telling us we NEVER NEVER NEVER were to put our hands in our pockets...NEVER...Approximately five minutes later, after having this lil tidbit of information given to us, we were in a "herd", being briefed on how to make a military bed, arrange our footlockers, etc...and for some reason I...yes...me the First Sgt...decided to have a brain fart and insert my hands into my jeans pockets while listening to the briefing...

    It was at that point my Training Instructor noticed my indiscretion, and he "politely" asked me to go to his office and assume a position of Attention until he had the opportunity to review the error of my ways with me. So off I go, knowing that I had violated the first rule of the military..."NEVER let the Trainining Instructor learn your name"...There I was, standing at attention in front of his desk, when after about 45 minutes of being able to review the moment I was caught with my hands in my pockets, the TI entered his office and "quietly" closed his door.

    Oh he was ever soooooooooooooooo pleasant in his explanations of military bearing and paying attention to instructions. It was almost as if he were my mommy telling me a bedtime story...

    At the end of his polite words to me, he said he was going to reward me for being the first one to "introduce" myself to him and he was about to give me a "position of responsibility" for the remainder of basic training...Of course you all can imagine my "excitement" at this offer..Here I was, only one day into basic, and already I was excelling!!!

    The TI looked at me and said "Airman Basic, I'm so pleased with how you are handling instruction, that I'm making you my "Latrine Queen" for the remainder of basic...I shall never never forget this time in my life...All the friends that I made in my basic training Flight when I closed off 9 of ten urinals, 8 of ten commodes, and 5 of ten showers...They always seemed to appreciate my efforts at giving them a latrine that was clean enough to eat off the tiles!!!

    Somehow I managed to build upon this experience and managed to make it to retirement a little over 20 years later...If I had it to do over again, there is no question in my mind that I would!!!!

    Now for those of you that fell for all the "sweetness" exhibited by my Training Instructor, then I have a bridge nearby that is for sale...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbercollector View Post
    THANK YOU VETERANS

    In approximately 6 days, it will be Veteran’s Day. I didn’t want to wait until then to express my gratitude for those who have served, and to the families in which supported their Service Member. Thank you for Serving America.
    Welcome to the forum, Dave. Great first post! Hope you stick around and learn from all the great people here.

    A few years ago, I was with my kids at a local community center and it also happened to be Veterans Day. I made a point of taking my kids with me to say hello to several elderly veterans who were in full uniform. Two had served in WWII and a few in Korea. I thanked them for their service. We make a point of saying hello to soldiers whenever we see them.
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    A lot of vets are like this: Still in Saigon - YouTube
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    At my last duty assignment, I would volunteer at the VA during holidays and would go in my blues. The stories those old guys could tell. Some would chill you, others were downright hilarious. Great group of people, and sadly, some of the most lonely. My hats off to those VA employees, too.

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    Thanks for posting those BurgerBoy I enlisted in 57
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy View Post
    A lot of vets are like this: Still in Saigon - YouTube
    I have a friend like that, 40 years after the war and he is still on meds for PTSD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy View Post
    A lot of vets are like this: Still in Saigon - YouTube
    I firmly believe our government left men behind. Let us NEVER NEVER forget them! May the Good Lord place his hand on them and bring them home to Him.

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