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Posted: 9/1/2015 6:09:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/2/2015 10:10:55 PM EDT by limaxray]
Yes, that includes leap days.   26 years, 17 days of wearing USAF blue.  

I came on active duty on the 14th of August, 1989.

Since then, I’ve had 25 different jobs at 15 different locations, only three of which were both above ground AND had windows.

I've served under 12 USAF Chief of Staffs, 9 Secretaries of Defense, and five presidents, with my commission signed by a sixth (All Hail Renaldus Magnus!).

I’ve done 27 promotions, nine reenlistments, 31 commissionings, one retirement, and one court martial (not mine),

I've spent 279 days on nuclear alert, 300-ish days on space operations crew, 357 days deployed to  Afghanistan, and served a three-year sentence at the Pentagon with no time off for good behavior.

I’ve been a crew commander, flight commander, detachment commander, instructor, evaluator, educator, staff officer, operations officer, and snack bar officer.

In my time in the Air Force, I’ve learned that at 30 below, a boiling hot cup of coffee thrown in the air will freeze before it hits the ground, I’ve had lunch with the Afghan Army Chief of the General Staff, I’ve visited some of the biggest nuclear weapons facilities in the country, I’ve had to figure out the best way to get a dead cow out of a sewage lagoon, and I spent one really fun Christmas Eve answering the phones for the annual NORAD Tracks Santa event, earning the undying gratitude of parents by telling their kids they had to go to bed RIGHT NOW or he’d pass them by.

And I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Except for the Pentagon tour.

The really funny thing is I never planned on making it a career—it just happened that every time I was wondering what the next step was, the Air Force promoted me and sent us off to another cool assignment in a great place that made it worth sticking around.  So, here I am, a quarter century later, a lot more grey hair and a lot lower PT test scores than when I started, but MAN, was it a fun ride.  

Except for the Pentagon tour.  

Anyway, I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for someone else to sign for the alert.  

Limaxray, Lt Col, USAF, and as of today, (Ret).
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:11:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2015 6:12:46 AM EDT by MeatBag]
That's a lot of days. Congrats and thanks for your service.

Enjoy retirement.

You spent more time in the military than I've been alive
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:12:28 AM EDT
Congratulations on your retirement,Sir!!! enjoy it!! you've earned it!!!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:12:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:13:20 AM EDT
Thank you for your service.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:14:08 AM EDT
Enjoy your retirement, and thank you for your service!!

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:14:45 AM EDT
Thank you for your service, and enjoy your well earned retirement
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:15:04 AM EDT
Congrats. Treat yourself to something nice.


Felt strange to me, at first, when I retired but I got in the civ groove pretty quick.  A buddy just retired lat year at 30 and took a year off to decompress.  He's just now getting back in the game, but on his own terms.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:17:18 AM EDT
Congratulations and thank you for your service!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:17:41 AM EDT
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Thank you for your service, and enjoy your well earned retirement
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Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:18:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2015 6:19:38 AM EDT by limaxray]
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Originally Posted By pdm:
Congrats. Treat yourself to something nice.


Felt strange to me, at first, when I retired but I got in the civ groove pretty quick.  A buddy just retired lat year at 30 and took a year off to decompress.  He's just now getting back in the game, but on his own terms.
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Funny story, that "civilian groove" thing.  No idea what you're talking about.    

I took six weeks off during terminal leave, did the whole beard and no haircut thing.  Hung around the house and harassed the wife.  

Three weeks ago I shaved it all off, put my blues back on, and went back to work...as an AFJROTC instructor.

So not only am I still doing the USAF thing, I had my first day of high school....again.  
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:21:23 AM EDT

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Enjoy your retirement, and thank you for your service!!



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Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:22:28 AM EDT

Congratulations and thank you for your service.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:22:36 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By limaxray:


Funny story, that "civilian groove" thing.  No idea what you're talking about.    

I took six weeks off during terminal leave, did the whole beard and no haircut thing.  Hung around the house and harassed the wife.  

Three weeks ago I shaved it all off, put my blues back on, and went back to work...as an AFJROTC instructor.

So not only am I still doing the USAF thing, I had my first day of high school....again.  
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Originally Posted By pdm:
Congrats. Treat yourself to something nice.


Felt strange to me, at first, when I retired but I got in the civ groove pretty quick.  A buddy just retired lat year at 30 and took a year off to decompress.  He's just now getting back in the game, but on his own terms.


Funny story, that "civilian groove" thing.  No idea what you're talking about.    

I took six weeks off during terminal leave, did the whole beard and no haircut thing.  Hung around the house and harassed the wife.  

Three weeks ago I shaved it all off, put my blues back on, and went back to work...as an AFJROTC instructor.

So not only am I still doing the USAF thing, I had my first day of high school....again.  


Still wearing a uniform and having to put up with kids? That doesn't sound like retirement
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:23:49 AM EDT
Thank you for your service sir, and for not dropping that nuke
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:25:54 AM EDT
Congrats!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:26:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2015 6:42:46 AM EDT by TZ250]
Thank you for your service. I was born at Vandenberg AFB while my Father was working on Minuteman in the early '60s.
My dad also retired as a Lt. Col.
Stickers on my dad's shooting box.

Untitled by John, on Flickr

Untitled by John, on Flickr
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:26:54 AM EDT
26 yrs, 17 days, you retire and immediately get a job in the uniform again?

Lifer


Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:29:20 AM EDT
Congrats on your retirement!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:30:38 AM EDT
Thank you for your service. Enjoy your retirement.

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:35:58 AM EDT


Congratulations on a great career and thanks for your service! Enjoy your new life...
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:41:00 AM EDT


Thank you for your service, Sir!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:41:15 AM EDT
The wife's uncle is a retired army lt. Col. And he is doing the same for a jrotc in Cheyenne.  

Congrats, Sir.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:43:01 AM EDT
Like others have already said, congrats and thank you for serving your country
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:43:30 AM EDT
Thank you for your service!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:44:12 AM EDT



Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:45:38 AM EDT
Congratulations to you.  Rest easy and enjoy yourself, sounds like you earned it.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:46:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:46:51 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:48:27 AM EDT
Congratulations on your retirement, sir.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:50:27 AM EDT
Congratulations sir!  

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:52:38 AM EDT
Thanks for your service and congratulations!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:53:39 AM EDT
Congrats and thanks!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:55:25 AM EDT
Congrats, sounds impressive to me.

When I retire, it's going to be a story of how many different cubicles I had...
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:57:11 AM EDT
Congrats and thank you!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:58:07 AM EDT
Congratulations!
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 6:59:41 AM EDT
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And I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.






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Congrats Colonel! That's a life well-lived.  Now enjoy retirement.


 
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:00:33 AM EDT
Wait what-  that wasn't really Santa being tracked???



JK- thank you for your service, Sir!  

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:00:43 AM EDT
Thank you. That sounds like a wild ride.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:02:21 AM EDT
Congrats!

Now I've got to hear why that pentagon tour was so awful.

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Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:04:50 AM EDT


Makes My '82-'86 of Flight Line slavery seem pretty puny!





The Ol' Crew Chief
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:05:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:07:25 AM EDT
Thank you!





What's the plan now?






Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:09:10 AM EDT


Congrats brother. Enjoy the retirement.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:09:54 AM EDT
Congrats man. Retirement is weird but very nice
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:10:19 AM EDT
Thank you for your service!

Are you planning on getting a civilian job, or is it a real retirement?
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:11:19 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:12:42 AM EDT
thank you for your service
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:15:15 AM EDT
Thanks for your service ..
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:15:17 AM EDT
Congratulations. Can you tell us about living underground and what that was like?
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 7:20:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2015 7:22:07 AM EDT by cobra-ak]
Originally Posted By limaxray:
Yes, that includes leap days.   26 years, 17 days of wearing USAF blue.  

I came on active duty on the 14th of August, 1989.

Since then, I’ve had 25 different jobs at 15 different locations, only three of which were both above ground AND had windows.

I've served under 12 USAF Chief of Staffs, 9 Secretaries of Defense, and five presidents, with my commission signed by a sixth (All Hail Renaldus Magnus!).

I’ve done 27 promotions, nine reenlistments, 31 commissionings, one retirement, and one court martial (not mine),

I've spent 279 days on nuclear alert, 300-ish days on space operations crew, 357 days deployed to  Afghanistan, and served a three-year sentence at the Pentagon with no time off for good behavior.

I’ve been a crew commander, flight commander, detachment commander, instructor, evaluator, educator, staff officer, operations officer, and snack bar officer.

In my time in the Air Force, I’ve learned that at 30 below, a boiling hot cup of coffee thrown in the air will freeze before it hits the ground, I’ve had lunch with the Afghan Army Chief of the General Staff, I’ve visited some of the biggest nuclear weapons facilities in the country, I’ve had to figure out the best way to get a dead cow out of a sewage lagoon, and I spent one really fun Christmas Eve answering the phones for the annual NORAD Tracks Santa event, earning the undying gratitude of parents by telling their kids they had to go to bed RIGHT NOW or he’d pass them by.

And I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Except for the Pentagon tour.

The really funny thing is I never planned on making it a career—it just happened that every time I was wondering what the next step was, the Air Force promoted me and sent us off to another cool assignment in a great place that made it worth sticking around.  So, here I am, a quarter century later, a lot more grey hair and a lot lower PT test scores than when I started, but MAN, was it a fun ride.  

Except for the Pentagon tour.  

Anyway, I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for someone else to sign for the alert.  

Limaxray, Lt Col, USAF, and as of today, (Ret).
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Nice piece of change coming to you once a month... all the occifer haters saying enlisted is the way to go are full of it...O-5, 26 years Ka friggn CHING!!!! E-5, 26 years starving.
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