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    Revhendo Master ACME Tech

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    Awe Jeff, you know us here in the Army always appreciate the gracious hospitality of any department of the U.S. Navy.
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    • Matt Gentile

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      Just figured bettah late than nevah...U.S.Air Force 1968-1974 Cable Splicing Specialist . Got lucky and was stationed close to home for my full time...Rome NY , Presque Isle ME , Portsmouth NH and Buzzards Bay MA...literally dodged a bullet .
       
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        US Army, 1972 - 1993. Retired CW3, USACIDC, Ft Jackson, SC, Ft Gordon, GA, Ft Stewart, GA, Schofield Barracks, HI, Camp Casey, Korea, Camp Zama, Japan, Ft Gillem, GA. Lots of TDY to Alaska and China. Also served with DOD Protective Services Detail, security detail for Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger.
         
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        • JoeSBP

          JoeSBP RLTW!

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          Chief, implied task is that we see photographic evidence of the mustache.
           
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            Hi Chief, I’m working over at your old stomping grounds as a CW3 facility coordinator at the 335th signal command down the road from Ft. Gilliam , welcome aboard. Thank you for your service.
             
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              Spec. 4 Military police 2 years Vietnam
               
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              • Slugger8985

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                Hey y'all!!!

                My name is Brad and I have been a member of the forum for a few years, but had a little leave of absence from it for a 5-year stint in the Marine Corps. Spent time in the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East (the Syrian border was, hot). Definitely glad to be back in one piece and ready to get to it!!!
                 
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                • JeffisOld

                  JeffisOld Old, Ugly and generally Disagreeable!

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                  Welcome home brother!

                  Glad you're here!
                   
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                    US Army Viet Nam era 1966-1968. In just the 2 years I was drafted for. Based out of Long Binh with Service Battery, 6 TH Bat, 27 TH Arty. Need some help with a couple of things. 1) I have lost my Military ID card. Does anyone know which Government office I should contact to get another one? 2) I have been trying to get in touch with a very good friend that I rotated out of the Army with. Last contact was Xmas of 1968 via a Xmas card. It had a return address but Ken's penmanship was really sketchy and I could not read it. Is there a place/service/unit Roster that I could post a message on? Thanks.

                    Bob
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                  • Revhendo

                    Revhendo Master ACME Tech

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                    I'm away from my papers right now, but start with VA.gov and poke around there.
                    Or maybe AMVETS might be able to help.
                    If I can nail it down better when I get home, I'll let ya know.
                    Good luck, thank you, and Merry Christmas.
                     
                  • SpikeWills69

                    SpikeWills69 Mopar Gearhead Wannabe

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                    Hey Bob, I see this is several weeks old, but have you tried your local VFW? Sometimes there are some guys there that are pretty savvy and well connected.
                     
                  • moparmandan

                    moparmandan FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                    Don't think you can get an ID card unless you're retired. What you want is a copy of your separation papers. Form DD-214. I got a copy of mine mailed to me. Check this:
                    Request Your Military Service Records
                     
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                    • Revhendo

                      Revhendo Master ACME Tech

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                      i requested a copy of my DD-214 long form back in sept/oct and still have not recieved
                       
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                      Revhendo Master ACME Tech

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                      Not completely shocking. It took a while to get copies of some of my medical records. They wanted specific dates of something from 30 years ago. Hell, if I could remember that, I wouldn't need the records.
                       
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                      I have a copy of all my medical records
                       
                    • greymouser7

                      greymouser7 Vagrant Vagabond “Veni Vidi Vici” FABO Gold Member

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                      Just an FYI, older officer military ID’s have no expiration date, if someone loses that ID, they will need thei DD214.

                      If you can get an escort onto base with your DD214 to the personnel area, they should set you up. My ID office wants an online appointment set up. The fed gov has severely reduced the personnel people working though.



                      I make a copy in my glove box of my ID and drivers license in case I lose my wallet. But I don’t drive cars that get stolen or in places where they get stolen.
                       
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                        US Army 1998-2010
                        95B/31B Military Policeman
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                        Iraq Vet
                        Afghanistan Vet
                        Bronze Star
                        Now proud Army Civilian
                         
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                        • Robert Sweeney

                          Robert Sweeney 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

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                          Air Force, Going on 12 years. 2007-Current. Served five deployments in the Middle East so far. 2xAfghanistan, 2xIraq, 1xkyrgyzstan. First 9.5 years enlisted, commissioned in 2017. Tech training at Keesler AFB and Sheppard AFB. Stationed Dover, AFB 2008-2012, Joint Base Charleston 2013-2017

                          ENLISTED - C-17 Avionics Tech
                          OFFICER - Air Battle Manager

                          8+ years to go and then onto my next hobby!
                           
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                          • greymouser7

                            greymouser7 Vagrant Vagabond “Veni Vidi Vici” FABO Gold Member

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                            Submarine Navy, 20 years & 3 months. Retiring as an E-6. 20 Strategic (underwater) Patrols, plus a few other deployments.
                            USS Maine (SSBN 741 Blue Crew)April 2000 through January 2005 (9 Patrols & 3-5 workups beating the crew of the USS Seawolf, and mopping the floor against the surface fleet {when we had a carrier fleet in Mayport} 3 times). We pulled into Kittery Port Maine on my first ever deployment (101 days long), I got drunk and danced with the fattest yankee girl there ever was. Those people were wonderful. We gave a tour to 11,000 people through a hole in the boat that allows one man at a time. We slept 5 hours, and worked 18 hour (vice 24) days. You stood your watch (6 hours), you ate (two half hours- each before and after your watch), you cleaned for an hour and a half, and you studied to learn all the systems on the submarine & all the systems related to your Rate (MOS Military Occupation Specialty). It was hard underway, but you were busy. Before deployment and after deployment you worked 15 hour days preparing the submarine to be ready to go immediately back out to sea. Loading food, weights, supplies, weapons, parts-& then repairing the sub, painting the sub, cleaning the sub, & especially negotiating your integrated systems (being secured or restored) with other systems throughout the boat (hydraulic lines of 3K PSI, Pneumatic lines of 4500PSI, multiple cooling water systems for the electronics, breathing air, High pressure Nitrogen, High pressure Oxygen) which HAD to be COORDINATED with other divisions and Trident Refit shops of the shore facility. Tagouts, thousands of briefs, failures, retests, tagout violations, people getting hurt and dying, and clearing tagouts. Tremendous coordination.

                            February 2005 - SWFLANT shore-facility loading & unloading hundreds of SLBM's (underwater ICBM's, unclassified range 4K) along with rocket motor ordinance that had more explosive power than MOAB.
                            We brought online the SSGN conversion where they put 7 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles in almost every SLBM (Trident2 D5 Missile) missile tube to the USS Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Ohio. Those converted Trident Submarines are STEALTH CARRIER PLATFORMS. From no where-detected, 144 Tomahawks would rain down death and destruction onto your pitiful third world country, like we did to Libya.
                            At SWFLANT, I loaded each one of those Tomahawks after 7 hours of attending Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville, FLorida-drove 117 miles every day for 11 months. I operated a low-maintenance fork-lift with a lousy strap attached to the two tines and stretched out under the tomahawk carrying every Tomahawk to the crane vertical hoisting mechanism. Somedays I had only 3 hours of sleep-NEVER an incident!

                            February 2008 - 18 December 2012 USS Wyoming (SSBN 742 Blue Crew) (7 Strategic Patrols) I worked under two self serving Psychopaths Raymond Getman (Maine) & Lennard Walk - when you cannot quit, and the Navy will not bother with your reports that these two POS's break rules, & endanger others, under the 15+ hour days of refit, or with your submarine in the Explosive Handling WHarf (SWFLANT) and you CANNOT make mistakes while loading and unloading SLBM's-your job is 10X harder than any CEO. The second villain would not show up to work while we were handling ordinance in EHW. Working on the Wyoming was harder (because of Walk) than watching my father beat my mother to the ground at 5 years old-I shit you not. We stopped smoking on submarines, included gays into the Navy, & female submariners while I was on this boat. My Captain, slept with one of the female officers (the Supply Officer)-someone told his wife on him, he was facing Judicial Punishment and killed himself because he was not going to get to see his kids hardly ever and lost his wife-he couldn't face it. One of the Missile Technicians I served with (opposite crew, and this occurred after I left) recorded all of the female officers showering naked. He went to Leavenworth, and every sailor he merely implicated was eviscerated by the Navy. The Navy didn't even follow their own rules about punishment, 'they went overboard.'

                            Next was a tour 4 January 2013 to 22 March 2016 82B Launcher Shop at Trident Refit Facility. We worked with and for civilians maintaining the water tight integrity between the inner and outer missile tubes on the Trident 2 D5 Submarines. Fantastic. I did have a head to head confrontation with the General Foreman for attempting to violate a Nuclear Weapon Safety Rule because he wanted to connect corrupt electronics to the missile computer system in order to test his own equipment. I was reported, later having to face off two E-8 Senior Chiefs. They wrote me a counseling chit, because I eventually yelled at the Foreman whom was screaming in my face and shoving me. (This is how you retire as only an E-6, because of bad evals-it was absolutely the right thing to do.)
                            You can break some rules, like speeding, but murder or violation of Nuclear Weapon Safety Rules involves judges or the Pentagon-No joke.) I eventually told the Senior Chiefs I would accept the counseling chit, even if wrong and that if they even tried to push further that I would report what happened to Special Projects which would have shut down Trident Refit Facility for a few days and lead to a JAG & OCOA investigation (The foreman would have been fired without retirement). They called some people and immediately agreed to my terms. I no shit saved one SLBM system (24 missiles, meg at0ns of ordinance) from corruption, which would have included an investigation signed off through to the SECNAV.) They make you learn the Safety Rules as new Missile Technician, once onboard. These are the kind of rules that protect WMD's and the general population from ever having to worry about mishandling. The Air Force had to adopt most of our policies as they had dropped such weapons into the mediterranean sea, the south east U.S. swamp, and flying such weapons across statelines (google it) without the Secretary of Defence's expressed (signed) permission.

                            Finally I was assigned to the USS Tennessee (SSBN 734 Blue Crew) 22 March 2016 - 31 March 2019 - (4 Strategic Patrols) Including a trip to Scotland as directed by Obama after Putin kept flying Russian Aircraft up to our land bases and Naval surface vessels (we were doing similar posturing to China as China build up all their Islands in the SOuth West Pacific. This boat had the Best Chief Quarters I have EVER worked for.

                            Two port calls, 20 deployments-20 years, no windows (except through the scope) averaging 70 days a piece, several years of life underwater, with a few texts from family, willing to kill and die for American family. I am happy to get to this next chapter in life.
                             
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                            • Revhendo

                              Revhendo Master ACME Tech

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                              Much respect to you. I can't do confined spaces for any length of time.
                              I spent a day with a group of WWII diesel sub vets one 4th of July. Those guys and their wives were rowdy as all get out and a lot of fun to hang out with and they were all in their eighties or so at the time. There was one Chief of Boat (?) who had 4 boats shot out from under him by the Japanese and he went back again. Twice.
                              The funniest part was their wives trying to hook me up with every cutie on the side of the parade route we were on.
                               
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                              • greymouser7

                                greymouser7 Vagrant Vagabond “Veni Vidi Vici” FABO Gold Member

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                                Those Men & their wives were a different cut of special and badass. I don’t enjoy the diesel boats-exactly like you said ‘claustrophobic.’ Many submariner parties are the epitome of heathen & immoral. They are kept uptight for so long and completely unwind. I love them, from a safe distance.

                                Thank GOD I had faith, family, & my Mopar family/hobby. I would have spent tens of thousands on liquor (like others) to compensate other wise. I knew a few men that consumed entire bottles of alcohol daily to cope with the stress, & stupidity. The Special Forces are blessed, they filter out 99.9% of the stupidity prior to training them. Big Navy believes in success through attrition-the fleet filtering the trash that the schools were supposed to filter. Thanks @Revhendo
                                 
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                                  Army 1963 - 67. Served in 7th Army Armored outfit in Fulda, Germany as a cook. Re-upped for helicopter mechanic and sent to Fort Benning, GA with 11th air Assault Div. then to Ankhe VietNam with 1st Cav. Air Assault Div. 15th TC Field Maintinance
                                   
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                                    I found out in December that I have an American Revolution ancestor whom served and was promoted to Ensign. My Father served in World War 2 and my Grandfather served in World War 1. I served in the US Army during the Cold War from '82-'90. My family did not know that my GGGGG Grandfather served during the American Revolution. My Father was with the Marine Corps Honor Guard in Washington D.C. until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My Father passed away in 2007 and loved American history. I wish he had known about his relationship to an American Revolution soldier. Last week, I completed my application to the Sons of the American Revolution. I intend to keep my sons informed about our family history.
                                     
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