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Posted: 7/20/2001 7:05:55 AM EDT
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Good luck on your retirement, Senior Chief, and thank you for your years of service to our Nation. Isn't military electronics fun? I spent more of my time in the Corps with a soldering iron or a telephone buttset in my hands than with an M16A2. FMCDH Semper Fidelis Jarhead out. ------------------ "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." --George Orwell
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Originally Posted By EdAvilaSr: Thanks for your many years of service,and congrats on your retirement [beer]
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Ditto! Congrats on the retirement! Thank you! BTW Ed... [red][size=6]WHERE'S MY ICON??!![/size=6] [/red] [:)]
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 7:30:36 AM EDT
Consider Nevada as place to retire to. We would be honored to have you, and it's a great place to live. We got CCW, NO state income tax, lots to do, and there are plenty of retired( and active duty) servicemen and women to socialize with.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 7:31:31 AM EDT
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Good Luck also! I am just entering the service this year into the Air Force. So I have a long way till I get my 20 years. I just hope I like it enough to be able to stay in for that long. Edited for bad spelling
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Originally Posted By EdAvilaSr: critter, When are you guys going to get it? I don't do computers! [:)]...if I did I would screw up something! GoatBoy will take care of your icon;I will take care of you if you misbehave [;)]
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Well, get him on the case then! I NEEEEED that icon! [:)]
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 7:38:07 AM EDT
Congradulations on your retirement!! And thank you for serving our country!! [beer]
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 7:41:52 AM EDT
Paul, you and I disagree on a whole lotta stuff, but I just want you to know I truly have the utmost respect for guys like you who keep our armed forces ticking... YOu could probably make a mint in the civillian sector doing what you do, but you chose to help out Uncle Sam... That's really honorable dude.
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Originally Posted By GoatBoy: Congrats to you and my deep thanks for your time in service. Welcome to the hell we call civilian life!!! ]=) -- GB
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All right! Now I gotcha! Where's my icon?
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 8:21:42 AM EDT
Thank you for your service to our country ! I never realized how much moving and traveling was involoved !!
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 8:26:59 AM EDT
As my dad and uncles all used to say DAMN I cant wait to be retarded...I mean retired. Thanks for your service, letting me, my family and friends to sleep peacfully with out worry and the freedoms that so many take for granted.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 8:33:08 AM EDT
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Thanks Senior Chief.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 8:53:30 AM EDT
Thanks from US all, Senior Chief! Eric The(WelcomeToTheBraveNewWorld,You'veBeenHereA­llAong)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 9:17:55 AM EDT
Thank You. Good Luck and God speed.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:13:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: I wanted to stay aboard the USS Midway and stay in Japan but the guys back in D.C. said "Son, I'd love to leave you there but you need to come back to the US to remember what you're serving for" so they sent me to the tiny island of Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory which is like 1000 miles due south of Bombay India in the middle of nowhere. (more)
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I served at "The Rock" for about 3 months, in the early 80's, got sent back there a couple years after that by mistake. I was being flown out to meet my new ship, got flown to the I.O., but the ship was in the Med! The only two indigeous life forms on that island, if I remember right, are coconut trees and coconut crabs. We were anchored off shore, got to go to the beach every several days. Imagine a half dozen drunk sailors trying to open a coconut right off the tree that was still in the husk, with nothing but a couple of rocks. 3 1/2 hours later, we finally got the coconut opened. By then we were worn out and sober as church deacons. To all of you who are giving well intentioned congrats to Paul on his retirement, read his post again. He is not retiring, he is looking back on his twenty years of service, and making comment that now he is working for 1/2 pay. 10 more years Paul, you will be working for 1/4 pay! I chose a different route, left after 4 years. I would have had my 20 years earlier this year. No regrets, it just was not for me, but I left the Navy with more than I got there with. Congrats on your 20 years of service, Paul!
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 11:37:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 12:03:01 PM EDT
Senior Chief, congratulations on your retirement and 20 years of service and welcome back to civilian life. Guess I'm not the senior "xsquid" around here [;)]
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 12:12:43 PM EDT
Congrats Senior, Sounds like we crossed paths back San Diego, I was in training at the ASW base there in the mid 80's. Good luck in future endevours. jneal
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 12:24:44 PM EDT
Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate! I was first station in Vietnam, RivRon-5 RivDiv-3 (river rat) from early 68 to late 69, then in Japan from 69-73 at NRRF Kamiseya, 73-76 at NRTF Barrigada Guam, back to Japan 76-79 at Comsubgru-7 Yokosuka, the USS Francis Hammond FF1067 (homeported at, YUP, you guessed it, Yokosuka, playing escort for the Midway) 79-82, then to NRTF Okinawa 82-85, finally to NCTAMS Eastpac Hawaii 85-88, then RETIREMENT! YIPPIE! Still here in the islands. My wife is Japanese and I can appreciate all your experiences in Westpac. Ahhhhh PI! Disneyland! Pattaya Beach! Once a WP sailor, Always a WP sailor, rite, LMFAO! Anyway, God Bless shipmate, May the ocean spray always in your face and the winds gently at your back. Aloha! RMCS(SW), USN(ret)
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 12:52:23 PM EDT
USS Carl Vinson Huh? Did you happen to know MM2 Paul Kirby, there from 93 or so to 95? David
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 12:57:31 PM EDT
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Goddam, Chief. I read that and wondered what I've been doing with my sorry assed life. If I ever grow up, I'm going to be just like you. Here's Cuervo in your eye, I know you'll miss it all.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 2:22:51 PM EDT
Congrats on 20.
I could quit tomorrow and still get half my paycheck so going to work only gets me the other half.
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Actually, it's more like 37 percent of your paycheck. Uncle Sugar doesn't tax BAQ, BAS and other "allowances" so it can't be considered pay. I retired in '98 after 21. I went from ~48K a year to ~18K.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 2:56:20 PM EDT
as to the crack about l. farakan.let me say at least hes honest and realistic.you need to be more concerned about j. jackson and al sharpton.now those two are dangerous and big liers to boot.
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Congratulations, Paul. Men and women like you are the main reason why I'm able to live as an American citizen. I really admire how you've chosen to live.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 6:46:44 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Jarhead_22: Isn't military electronics fun? I spent more of my time in the Corps with a soldering iron or a telephone buttset in my hands than with an M16A2. . ------------------ "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." --George Orwell
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I can relate, Jarhead. I was an EM in the Navy, but we cross trained in IC as well, so lot of time with soldering iron and buttset. I love that George Orwell quote. Senior Chief, as a Navy man, I just want to say congrats and good sailing, brother. I did not make a career as you did, but there have been plenty of times the last few years when I wish I had.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 9:10:35 PM EDT
Paul, Well, I was trying to decide whether or not to have a Guinness. That was before I read your post. From a Grunt to a Sailor heres to you and all the people who have served honorably past and present no matter what branch. Congratulations Paul, I raise my pint of Guinness to you! [beer] No Slack!
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 9:35:01 PM EDT
I wish you a happy retirement, and thankyou for your dedication and sacrifice in the past. Its people like you who help keep america the greatest nation on earth.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:14:24 PM EDT
Congratulations Senior Chief on your 20 years. I also want to thank all the other men and women in our military and all the veterans. Our country owes everything to all who serve and have served. I think about you all quite often, having done my share of time also.
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:21:10 PM EDT
Thank you for your service to out great country! Enjoy. My cousin retired last year from 20 years at Ft.Knox now that critter is growing his hair long and bought a Hog. He's got it good!
Link Posted: 7/20/2001 10:54:27 PM EDT
Forget Nevada -- nothing but sand and gambling there. C'mon up to Washington state. The scenery is great, the temperatures stay reasonable, and the land (outside Seattle) is darn cheap. You could get an oceanfront lot in Ocean Shores for around $80K last time I looked (about a year ago), or get one on one of the canals for $40K. No income tax, and once you get outside King/Pierce/Snohomish counties the property taxes are tolerable.
Link Posted: 7/23/2001 1:51:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By David M:
Originally Posted By Paul: I wanted to stay aboard the USS Midway and stay in Japan but the guys back in D.C. said "Son, I'd love to leave you there but you need to come back to the US to remember what you're serving for" so they sent me to the tiny island of Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory which is like 1000 miles due south of Bombay India in the middle of nowhere. (more)
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I served at "The Rock" for about 3 months, in the early 80's, got sent back there a couple years after that by mistake. I was being flown out to meet my new ship, got flown to the I.O., but the ship was in the Med! The only two indigeous life forms on that island, if I remember right, are coconut trees and coconut crabs. We were anchored off shore, got to go to the beach every several days. Imagine a half dozen drunk sailors trying to open a coconut right off the tree that was still in the husk, with nothing but a couple of rocks. 3 1/2 hours later, we finally got the coconut opened. By then we were worn out and sober as church deacons. To all of you who are giving well intentioned congrats to Paul on his retirement, read his post again. He is not retiring, he is looking back on his twenty years of service, and making comment that now he is working for 1/2 pay. 10 more years Paul, you will be working for 1/4 pay! I chose a different route, left after 4 years. I would have had my 20 years earlier this year. No regrets, it just was not for me, but I left the Navy with more than I got there with. Congrats on your 20 years of service, Paul!
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Sitting here on DG on OOD checking out the forums. You're right, nothing much has changed, World class fishing, and crabs from hell!! Big bastids. Leaving in early November to jump school and on to Yuma. Senior Chief, I E-mailed you a couple months back. Best of luck, fair winds, and following seas. V/R Rigger.
Link Posted: 7/23/2001 2:08:27 PM EDT
Paul, Thanks for sharing that. I think a lot of us takes things for granted and have no idea what's involved. Thanks for your service to our country!Enjoy your retirement! John
Link Posted: 7/23/2001 2:12:04 PM EDT
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