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  • Yes, I served and it was during a time of war

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  • Yes, I served and it was during peace time

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  • Yes, I have family who served during a time of war

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  • Yes, I have family who served during peace time

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  • I've never been in the military - so no

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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I served active Navy from '98 - '08, on the Lincoln when OIF started (we got a brief on Shock and Awe about a week or two prior to it occurring, we all found the mission name to be quite amusing, but the amount of ordinance planned to be dropped was impressive).
    About a week after we arrived on station after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, there was what looked to be a major strike of that sort planned. Our ordnance guys simply could not handle all the loading, so I and a bunch of others spent 14 hours helping get all the ordnance loaded and ready to go. The amount of bombs and missiles loaded was truly insane. 2 days later(I think it was) and the strike was canceled(or the drill was over, we never knew for 100 % sure) and we got to unload all those bombs and missiles.

    A few months later, we saw a thing on TV about the Air Farce doing a turnaround on some of their aircraft, reloading after they jets got back from a mission, and we saw all the toys they have for loading and unloading and where just amazed. They really don't know just how good they have it.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    About a week after we arrived on station after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, there was what looked to be a major strike of that sort planned. Our ordnance guys simply could not handle all the loading, so I and a bunch of others spent 14 hours helping get all the ordnance loaded and ready to go. The amount of bombs and missiles loaded was truly insane. 2 days later(I think it was) and the strike was canceled(or the drill was over, we never knew for 100 % sure) and we got to unload all those bombs and missiles.

    A few months later, we saw a thing on TV about the Air Farce doing a turnaround on some of their aircraft, reloading after they jets got back from a mission, and we saw all the toys they have for loading and unloading and where just amazed. They really don't know just how good they have it.
    Odd question occurred to me - why does the navy not have those "toys"? Something to do with limitations due to being on an aircraft carrier?
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    About a week after we arrived on station after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, there was what looked to be a major strike of that sort planned. Our ordnance guys simply could not handle all the loading, so I and a bunch of others spent 14 hours helping get all the ordnance loaded and ready to go. The amount of bombs and missiles loaded was truly insane. 2 days later(I think it was) and the strike was canceled(or the drill was over, we never knew for 100 % sure) and we got to unload all those bombs and missiles.

    A few months later, we saw a thing on TV about the Air Farce doing a turnaround on some of their aircraft, reloading after they jets got back from a mission, and we saw all the toys they have for loading and unloading and where just amazed. They really don't know just how good they have it.
    Didn't take me long in the Navy to realize I should have gone Air Force. The USAF treats its people pretty good. Enlisteds prepare the planes for the officers to fly off in, and get shot at. You can bet the pilots treat their ground crews well. OTOH, one went up to my brother, jet engine mechanic, and said "come with me, we're gonna fly". My brother said, "I don't fly". Pilot says, anybody who works on my plane, flies on my plane. Brother said that event made him see the value in being a very careful mechanic.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My dad was drafted into the Army and fought in Korea. His platoon was surrounded by the enemy for 17 days when the accord was signed that effectively ended that war. He returned home--was honorably discharged and immediately enlisted in the Marines.

    When I learned of this as a kid I could not imagine why he would enlist in the Marines after just returning from the war. After all, he was not what you would call “career-minded” when it came to the military.

    So I asked him why he did enlist and with the most thoughtful look I have ever seen on his face he replied, “son, women love a man in a Marine uniform”.

    The funny thing is that I thought he would have said that he joined for “God and country” or to fight the evils of communism…but that wasn’t it.

    Dad did it for the chicks.

    And on some level…that’s a pretty cool reason.

    Dad died November 15, 2004.

    God bless all those who serve.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My Dad served in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He spent 30 years in the Air Force. He enjoyed serving. Passed away in 2005.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Odd question occurred to me - why does the navy not have those "toys"? Something to do with limitations due to being on an aircraft carrier?
    It's room limitations on a carrier. As big as it is, the flight deck is still really crowded.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    It's room limitations on a carrier. As big as it is, the flight deck is still really crowded.
    Hmm.

    I bet you could automate it, however...
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Hmm.

    I bet you could automate it, however...
    Good luck on that. It's hard to describe what working on the flight deck is like, but it's not the kind of situation that lends itself well to automation.
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    Re: Have you or a family member served in the military

    My dads side of the family has been in the military as long as we can trace. (We know that our family was guarding Windsor castle for a few generations and that two of us fought at Waterloo). My grandfather fought in world war two first in France (narrowly missing Dunkirk) then in the far east (rebuilding railways as we retook India and Burma and eventually making it to China) then went on to fight in Cyprus, the Malayan emergency and the 1947 Palestinian civil war (narrowly missing the Suez crisis that would piss him off no end). This continued untill my dad and uncle went to university during the late 60s/early 70s bringing that tradition to a pretty ubrupt end .
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