My military service

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  1. Salty

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    Lets talk about our military service.
    Who knows, maybe some of us served together!

    Jul 70 -Oct 70 Basic..............B-6-3....Ft Dix, NJ
    Oct Nov 70 AIT -- Supply 76P..Co M.. Ft Lee, VA
    Dec-Mar 71 OJT--Warehouse ops T9 Atlanta Army Depot, Forest Park, Ga
    Apr 71 -Jul 73 HQ, MATCOM, Zweibruecken, Gy
    Jul 73-May 74 US Army IRR
    May 74-Nov 74 HHC 240 QM Bn, Ft Lee, VA
    Nov -Dec 77 HQ, USCOMACT, Zweibruecken, GY
    Jan 78-Jan 80 D/124 Maint, 2 AD, Ft Hood, Tx
    Feb -Sep 81 CSC-1/68 Armor, Wildflecken, Gy
    Oct -Nov 81 III Corps - CRIT Team, Ft Hood, Tx
    Nov 81-Jan 83 HHC / Co B, 1/8 CAV, First Cav Division, Ft Hood, Tx
    Feb 83-Jul 83 DMMC, 6 ID, Ft Rich, Alaska
    Jul 83 Honorable discharge from US Army-
    Service connected disabled veteran by the VA
    Oct 92-Dec 97 Co C, 1/4 Virginia Defense Force, Pulaski, Va
    Aug 05 - Aug 08 HHC 1/10 New York Guard, Syracuse, NY

    Ladies, if your husband was in the military - then I consider you part of the military as well!
     
  2. ktn4eg

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    Sept - Nov 1964 -- Basic Training at Lackland AFB, San Antionio TX
    Nov 1964 - March 1965 -- Tech School training at Chanute AFB, IL (aircraft electrician)
    March 1965 - March 1967 4453d Combat Crew Training Wing's Field Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ (aircraft electrican on the F-4C fighter)
    [It was while I was stationed there that I got saved at Metropolitan BC in Tucson, April 1966!]
    March 1967 - April 1969 -- 26th Tactical Reconnaisance Wing/38th Tactical Recon Squadron, Ramstein Air Base (West) Germany. Aircraft electrician on the RF-4C

    Released from Active Duty, April 15, 1969
    [At least I had ONE good April 15th!]

    Joined the Tennessee Air National Guard's 118th Airlift Wing at the Nashville TN airport, August, 1988.

    Spent most of 1989 in Tech School training at Keesler AFB, Biloxi MS for being an Avionics Guidance and Control systems repair technician.

    Retired from the TN ANG in January, 2005.
     
  3. Salty

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    went to Ramstein quite often - they had a much larger commissary than Sunny Zwie.

    If I remember correctly, you previously stated you attended Bible Baptist, Landstuhl; I attended once or twice. I also attended their mission in Zweib.
     
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    As I recall, Zweibrucken was a Canadian Forces Base (under NATO I assume). It was the place to go if you wanted to buy Japanese electronics (stereos, cameras, etc) cheaper due to Canada having better tariff regs w/ Japan than the US.

    Eventually (and this was after I left) Zweibrucken became a US military base.

    Yes, I was a member of Bible Baptist of Landstuhl while I was there. Actually it was orginally a mission off of Eifel Bible Baptist Church which was located near an AFB about 50-70 mi N of Landstuhl and was called Landstuhl Baptist Mission. (NOTE: Neither group was affiliated w/ the BBF-Springfield MO.)

    When I started attending, the mission had just moved to Landstuhl from Ramstein and was using an educational building that was rented from the Protestant (Lutheran) church in Landstuhl. Most of the congregation was assigned to the Army hospital there in Landstuhl.

    Eventually it became an autonomous local church. Also it moved to a better location near the main road in Landstuhl and not too far from the autobahn.

    The pastor of the church was Jerry Briggs. He started a mission outreach in Zweibrucken soon after I left Germany. I lost track of the goings on soon after I left Germany so I don't know what became of either church.

    Last I heard of Bro. Briggs (and this was some time ago), he was serving in some kind of prison chaplain capacity in Colorado. I tried making contact with him in CO, but I never got any response back.
     
  5. saturneptune

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    Interesting thread
    Feb 71- April 71 Boot Camp, NTC, Orlando, Fl
    April 71-May 72 Electronics Tech School, Treasure Island and San Diego CA
    May 72-May 72 USS Diamondhead, Norfolk VA AE-19
    May 72-May 73 Nuclear Power School, Location Classified
    June 73-May 74 NAVAIDS Support Unit near Norfolk, VA
    Jan 74-Dec 74 While at NAVAIDS deployed to Aegean Sea area with a six man team on special ops with USNS Harkness, Cyprus, Turkey, isolated Greek Islands
    Jan 75-May 75 Communications School, rate switch from electronics tech to communications tech
    May 75-Dec 76 USS Mt Baker AE-34 Charleston SC Med cruise April 76-Dec 76
    Jan 77-Dec 78 Navy Recruiter Western Kentucky
    Dec 79-Nov 82 USS Mahan DDG-42 Exteneded Middle East Cruise Iranian situation
    Discharged Nov 82, health reasons, VA rating 70%

    Although not listed, the place I hated the most was Gitmo, Cuba, which I visited twice. I got to see Spain, Scotland, France, Italy, Sardinia, Tunisia, Eygpt, Greece, Turkey, Crete, Cyprus, and the Carribean islands of Peutro Rico, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Aruba, Martinique, and some more islands I cannot recall at the moment. May have also missed some countries. Of course I left out Mexico and Canada which I did manage to get to.

    God truly blessed me. After discharge, I worked at an insurance company for a couple of years, then landed a job at the postal service. I finally got a job doing the same thing I did in the Navy, electronics technician and retired in 2009 with 36 years.

    This film was taken about a year and a half after I left the ship, but it shows what a guided missle destroyer does. Pretty neat clip.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZMHnaL9Ux4

    One of the jobs on the ship that really got me the most rattled was maintaining the alarm system that protected the tactical nuclear weapons. There had so be two technicians present to repair the system, and an armed guard with a 45 was always present. They did not play around in that area.

    Anyway, all I can say without going into great detail is that I got to see lots of places and do lots of things I otherwise would not have gotten to do.

    Salty, great idea for a thread.
     
  6. Carolina Baptist

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    US Coast Guard
    Feb 82 to Apr 82 - Cape May NJ, Basic Training
    Apr 82 to Sept 85 - Summers in Townsend Inlet for Search and Rescue, winters in Cape May repairing the boats that we use all summer.
    Sept 85 to Mar 87 - sitting at a desk in Cape May (bad place for a boatswain's mate), Knee surgery, sitting at a desk some more.
    Medical discharge.

    Five years, one month, and four days.
     

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