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ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« on: January 27, 2017, 07:58:19 AM »
Just a post to find out how many veterens there are on this site, U/K and Overseas How you're all doing and what you're all doing since entering civvie street?

Me personally, I left the RAF in 2004 after 15 yrs and have been mostly aircraft maintenance contracting all over the place. Some good some crap.






Admin Edit: No need to type whole post in "bold", bold tags removed :038:
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Re: ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 01:51:58 PM »
I went in to enlist back in the fall of 1970. I didn't get accepted because of a medical issue, but I salute each and every one of you who did serve. The world is a better place because of you all... :821:
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Re: ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 02:25:46 PM »
Thank you for your service, Wurz, and Jon for the kind comments. 

USAF, 1979-1987.  Cold War days.  Electronic Security Command.  Served in Berlin, Germany (became great friends and drank many beers with four blokes in Her Majesty's Army), and back at HQ ESC in San Antonio, TX.  Two additional years in the AF Reserves.  Highlight of my service time was an "atta-boy" flight in an F-15. 

Somehow migrated into the mystical realm of IT, and have been there since.

Here's to all fellow veterans, from all countries and all branches of service!   :821:

I also salute members of the police, firefighter, and paramedic corps.  First responders ROCK!   :821:
« Last Edit: January 27, 2017, 02:28:46 PM by Scubadvr »
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 04:44:15 PM »
USAF 87-91 Air National Guard 95-present (just re-enlisted this past Wednesday) I work for ANG full time in IT.

Thanks to all for your service!

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2017, 05:12:37 PM »
Yep RAF Armourer 1980 to 2002

Great time and great friends and saw some of the world and some dodgy places too :)

Loved Germany oh what fun we had.

Since coming out, worked as a test & Instrumentation engineer for a Gas Turbine manufacturer, then a spell as engineering manager in the explosives manufacturing department for a defence owned establishment

Now work as a senior electrical design engineer at a company making specialist equipment for the nuclear industry.
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Re: ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 08:22:32 PM »
I did 15 years in Her Majesty's Corps of Royal Engineers, 1983 to 1988. I spent most of my time in Germany as an Armoured Engineer with tours of N.I, Iraq and a few other savoury places. I've been in the oil and gas industry since leaving and I'm now a subsea engineer on a drill ship off the coast of Ghana.

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Re: ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2017, 09:35:10 PM »
*Originally Posted by Scubadvr [+]
I also salute members of the police, firefighter, and paramedic corps.  First responders ROCK!   :821:
:020: Thank you!  17 years so far in domestic law enforcement, but if I had to do it again, I would go in the military.  I salute all who signed up and served, in any capacity or for any length of time.

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Re: ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2017, 09:39:54 PM »
Jamie,

my brother was REME based in Osnabruck and some time in Bielefeld; did three tours in NI before shipping out to the Falklands (attached to 2 Para) for the conflict. I was there myself as part of the merchant marine, ferrying troops on the Uganda after she was refitted (but after the conflict finished). He ended up in the RBL Village in Aylesford Kent after he left.

They never did 'deactivate him' and he remained a killing machine for many years after. Fortunately it all worked out okay but he was hard to manage I can tell you.

He and I were always of the same opinion: when you join the forces you sign up to do a job and it's nothing special and you're not special. No ones a hero for signing up but some who did displayed heroic behaviour. None of his army friends would have considered themselves hero's but he lost a couple who did heroic things.

I have to say I spent 11 years in the US and on the rare occasion I shared that opinion I wasn't popular. Different view of what it means to sign up I suppose.
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Re: ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2017, 07:35:38 AM »
Thanks guys, Some interesting experiences, Keep em coming  :031:
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Re: ANY VETERANS ON HERE??
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2017, 07:48:03 AM »
Nice to see a dog squadron badge Wurz, 

I was at Lossie 1980 to 81 with the Hunters on TWU then again in the Armoury 84 to 86.
Forward he cried, from the rear, and the front rank died!!!

 


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