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BITOG Veterans Fall In #5274727 11/22/19 04:17 PM
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Muster on the quarterdeck/hanger deck/parade field.

For those of you who served, what were;

your best/worst duty stations,

best chow halls/mess decks,

longest deployments,

best/worst memories,

still keep in touch with shipmates or unit buddies,

keep it brief, nothing classified.

bt


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5274978 11/22/19 08:50 PM
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US Army more than 50 years ago.
Okinawa for 18 mos
Kadena Air Base for chow
Firing a shoulder mounted launcher aka Bazooka
Haven`t heard from anyone in 40 years
Would do it again


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5275032 11/22/19 10:06 PM
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Well, for me:

Pensacola (wonderful beaches, cool town) and Pensacola (run in boots on those beaches, carrying a Garand, getting yelled at by a USMC DI)

Al Saliya. Army Base in Qatar. Awesome surf & turf Wednesdays.

7 months. Adriatic/Bosnia

Too many... Night landings. Day landings. Gunning USAF Eagles. All good. Time has a way of erasing the bad.

My first squadron, VF-84, has regular reunions. Desert Storm aircrew. We were tight.

Still are.


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Astro14] #5275159 11/23/19 06:35 AM
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Mine were;

best :a tiny LORAN station in northwest Spain, worst, MCB Camp LeJeune

best chow, Torrejon AFB Madrid, Spain, worst, anything 'MRE'

longest deployment, Desert Storm

worst memory, at sea in a storm

hear from one buddy that lives nearby occasionally, get squadron email from time to time


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5275225 11/23/19 08:26 AM
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Best/Worst: Edwards AFB and Channel Islands ANGS were my only duty stations. Both were good in different ways.

Chow: Best was probably Point Mugu NAS. Worst Al Udeid, AB Qatar.

Deployments: only had 1 short deployment and it was to Al Udeid AB. It was during Ramadan so it was 90 days never leaving a tent city. Every day was Groundhog Day

Best memories: Lots of interesting stuff going on at Edwards AFB if you like planes. Also working and socializing with a large group of coworkers of similar age and interests. I haven’t had that in civilian life.

I keep in touch with a few buddies through Facebook.


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5275449 11/23/19 12:43 PM
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I've heard the Air-Force has the best chow.


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: skyactiv] #5275467 11/23/19 01:05 PM
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I always heard that too. First time I ever saw a salad bar was at an AFB. Somebody told me that when the AF builds a base they build the chow hall first, barracks second and if there is any money left over they build runways.


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5275515 11/23/19 02:07 PM
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Best assignment: Elmendorf AFB (Anchorage, AK)
Worst assignment: Keesler AFB (Biloxi, MS)

Most intense assignment and short tour:
Comiso AS working on a tactical nuclear cruise missile system inside a GLCM Alert Maintenance Area (GAMA)

And yes... the USAF had the best chow -- bar none smile


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5275538 11/23/19 02:32 PM
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Aw, the Air Force always has money left over for runways. They always used to also have money left over to build jets with takeoff rolls that were so long they couldn't get airborne on those runways. They are a little better about that now.

Best duty station? Every fighter base I was stationed at. Worst? Any AF base where the fighter wing was a tenant unit. There, the shoe clerks ran things without a sense of urgency.

Best chow halls, anything AF or on Navy ships. Even the Kunsan Korea AB C-pad dining facility, where there was a rat the size of a beagle living in the wall was great. Worst, anything associated with the Army, who could turn even a nice NY steak into shoe leather.

Best deployments, all of them. I especially liked working joint deployments with all the other services. But I am self admittedly a little nuts. I even enjoyed survival training.

Best memories are too many to list, but flying at Kadena AB in an F-4C Wild Weasel squadron of Vietnam experienced pros had to be near the top. . Worst was losing buddies to accidents.

Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5275559 11/23/19 03:01 PM
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Best: Clark AB
Worst: MCLB Barstow

Best Chow: Kadena while stationed at Camp Butler

Longest: Clark AB (3 years)

Best Memories: Toss up between Clark and LeJeune. Clark because I was on Motors and LeJeune because I love NC.
Worst Memories: I served in both the AF and then MC. The AF cannot be beaten if you have a family, from the hospitals to the BX and all other accommodations. Takes a lot of worry off your mind when deployed. There is a saying in the MC that if the Corps wanted you to have a family they would have issued you one. Strange because I was, and still am, closer to the Marines I served with than my buddies in the AF.


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5276263 11/24/19 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Passport1
I always heard that too. First time I ever saw a salad bar was at an AFB. Somebody told me that when the AF builds a base they build the chow hall first, barracks second and if there is any money left over they build runways.


Totally untrue!

They build the golf course first....


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Astro14] #5276273 11/24/19 01:41 PM
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I spent my 18 months of active duty, 1961-1962, as a 2nd Lt. in a Army engineer unit at Ft. Bernning GA.

Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5276342 11/24/19 02:51 PM
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Best duty station was Ft. Bragg
Second best Ft. Campbell
Best chow at Bragg
Longest and worst deployment was Vietnam 67 and 68.
Best memories are serving with the 82 and 101st Airborne.
Worst memories, Vietnam war.


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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5276906 11/25/19 09:08 AM
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Best duty station: NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii
I protected all the bars in Honolulu from the communist red menace.

Worst but most memorable duty station:
USS Essex CVS-9. Ship was built PRIOR to the aircraft carrier my father served aboard in WWII.

Both best & worst chow:
USS Essex. Great SOS and meals overall. Got food poisoning once.

Longest deployment:
None really. A 6 month Mediterranean cruise was scheduled but halfway there the ship was removed from the fleet. We did a 180º turn in the middle of the Atlantic and headed back to the USA.

Best/worst memories:
Watching Apollo 7 mission being recovered in person from the flight deck then living in Hawaii for remainder of duty.
Salt water showers aboard ship due to evaporators constantly breaking down/clogging.

Keeping in touch:
Kinda, there is an online association for shipmates who served aboard.

I'll never forget this, I've posted it here before. This was 51 years ago, I was one of the many "volunteered" for the picture. It was freezing cold.
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Re: BITOG Veterans Fall In [Re: Passport1] #5277079 11/25/19 01:13 PM
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Thank you SIRS for putting the uniform on.

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