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Veteran's Day, what I used to work on

What I used to work on while in the Air Force over my 21 years. I started on F-4D Phantom II's, then worked on F-111A Aardvark's, then finished up with F-15A and C Eagles. I enjoyed the Eagles the most and I do miss the smell of JP4 in the crisp morning air as the plane started up their engines. The in the Air Force, you worked on the equipment, but the Air Force is people, and I do miss my friends.





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Thank You for your service.
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It seems while you were working on the real deal, I was a kid then and was cutting, gluing and painting the plastic 1/48 scale Revell and Mongram versions of these three aircraft, imagining every detail and sound.

Thank you again for your service!!!
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Thank you for your service.

You didn't get to work on this one?
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Nope, but the base I was on had about 160 of them at the time. Nah, I ran with the big dawgs as far as fighters go. F-16's were cute, but if you wanted to clear the skies, you called in the F-15's. It was the Caddy of fighters during it's time. (nothing wrong with F-16's by the way)
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Please don't misinterpret my meaning of this thread, I appreciate all your thank you's, I'm sure all veterans do. Most of us, just went in and did our jobs and just expected someday exit in one piece. What I meant for this thread was for people to post pictures on what they worked on during their time of service. I hope no one takes offense to what I'm saying, but the last thing I'd want is a thread to have people thanking me, but I appreciate the kind words.

Now, I want Pictures please! LOL Note: That's my "Retirement" picture below.



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Back in 1976 I was joining the Army with a wife and baby and needed money to help support my family (Privates weren't issued a family so the Army didn't pay to move them). I asked the recruiter what jobs paid a bonus. Reply was Infantry (hmmm, walk too much for me), Artillery (hmmm, all deaf), and Armor (hmmm, drive defensively-buy a tank). So for a $2,500 bonus I became a DAT (Distinguished Armor Technician) or for the rest of the Army (Dumb A** Tanker) . At the end of my first enlistment I told the Re-Enlistment NCO "Tanks are real, tanks are fun, but tanks aren't real fun, get me a regular job". At which point I went into Telecommunications Repair which is hard to show a picture of.
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Cool, I don't think I've can recall ever being in a tank. In fact, in my 21 years, I was never "Stationed" with another service except in a training roll and that was just short term/temporary. (Tech Schools) I didn't really have exposure to the other services. That seems strange now.
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I had scholarships but did not know what I wanted to do in life or what degree I wanted to pursue. I thought perhaps I could figure it out if I got out of the small town I was living in, so just after I finished high school in 1996 I went to a recruiter station, walked in and said "hello I would like to join the army, jump out of planes, and leave within 2 weeks". He said "High Speed, what's your name?" Initially I was going to be an infantryman but the slot was taken that would have also guaranteed jump school in my contract. I said no thank you I either get jump school as a guarantee or I will not join. I did not want to do any job that I felt would be monotonous so it was combat arms or nothing. Artillery was next on the list with the slot for jump school. My first duty station after jump school was Fort Richardson, Alaska where I served until November 2000, went to Vicenza, Italy as my second, Schweinfurt, Germany as my third where I also deployed to Kosovo and then Iraq 2004-2005. I worked on the M 119 howitzer for most of my time as an artilleryman, and then the M109 paladin in Germany but for Iraq we were all made into infantry except for a couple crews which served on the FOB for counter fire support. So I kicked down doors, patrolled, and provided security during the first free Iraqi elections. I was never one for taking pictures though so what few I have are not always appropriate to post. I got out in 2005 because my wife became seriously ill from the stress of my being away as I deployed not long after we were married. I returned to service in 2009 to go back in as infantry. Vehicle rollover ended that and then I was turned into a CH-47 mechanic and deployed again but this time to Afghanistan. I was just medically separated here in 2013 and honestly I will still miss the service but I think its time to move on in life so now I am in school working on my Bachelors in Business and International Management.
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Thanks for sharing, most of my old photos have now yellowed and were of poor quality. Good Pictures!
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Cool, I don't think I've can recall ever being in a tank. In fact, in my 21 years, I was never "Stationed" with another service except in a training roll and that was just short term/temporary. (Tech Schools) I didn't really have exposure to the other services. That seems strange now.
Not so strange as my only connection with other Services was in my international electronics training (which included enlisted from all Services and Foreign Officers). About the only cross fertilization I had was my assignment to a NATO outfit in Germany or working as competitors as an Army Recruiter in LA.
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I learned to fly as a kid (literally, J-3 Cub at 14) and got to the point where I was working "pro-bono" as co-jo in a corporate twin. The guy I flew with said, you don't want to do this as a living... So I moved on to the Air Force, went to the Royal Military College of Canada, then jet wings, then antisubmarine warfare. Our version of the Orion was brand new and the best platform bar none - we flew our butts off, running around the edges of the Atlantic. Great fun.

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I loved working with a crew, interacting with allies, meeting people from all over. Occasionally making a real contribution (ASW in the Cold War, SAR...). Miss the camaraderie that comes from living at the pointy end...
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I was really pleased with the Revell model Phantom I built in what must have been the early 70s. It was a very impressive looking 'plane. Are there any still flying?
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Great stories guys! I wanted to join the RAF, but a near-fatal bike accident when I was 17 put paid to that ambition. However, I did take some flying lessons when I lived in Santa Monica, but I can't say those little Cesnas really hit my spot, so I didn't continue. Oh, I did get 'airborne' in my Lotus 7 once, but I don't suppose that counts.
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I'm an ex-armourer so spent all my years fiddling with weapons

I worked on anything that went bang and killed people, whether it be a pistol, rifle, MG, tank, or Artillery.

I really enjoyed working on Warrior AFV, and Challenger II.

I've spent the last year in Afghanistan as contractor. Been back in the UK for just over a month now.
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I don't think anyone is still operating Phantoms. The last with the USAF were Wild Weasels (SEAD - killing enemy radar etc) but they were parked in the late 1990's. The Israels had some (with F-16 radar if I recall), Greece and Turkey had some second hand.


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I don't think anyone is still operating Phantoms. The last with the USAF were Wild Weasels (SEAD - killing enemy radar etc) but they were parked in the late 1990's. The Israels had some (with F-16 radar if I recall), Greece and Turkey had some second hand.
What a pity. They were really awesome looking aircraft. But I guess they'd all be 50+ years old now.

Reminded me a bit of the Angels planes in Captain Scarlet. I built a model of one of those at about the same time. And a NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module - that was fabulous.
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I'm an ex-armourer so spent all my years fiddling with weapons

I worked on anything that went bang and killed people, whether it be a pistol, rifle, MG, tank, or Artillery.

I really enjoyed working on Warrior AFV, and Challenger II.

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Nice. I like the looks of British APC or CVR(T) like Scorpion, and the Scimitar.

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Nice. I like the looks of British APC or CVR(T) like Scorpion, and the Scimitar.
I've driven them all. The Warrior was the most comfy, and the Scimitar was the worst to sit in. However, the Scimitar was the most fun to drive. It was the go-kart equivalent of the tracked world.

Saying that, I did drive a FAV LSV a few times. That was the most fun I've had on 4 wheels.
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I don't think anyone is still operating Phantoms. The last with the USAF were Wild Weasels (SEAD - killing enemy radar etc) but they were parked in the late 1990's. The Israels had some (with F-16 radar if I recall), Greece and Turkey had some second hand.
I haven't quite kept up with them, but that sounds about right. Most aircraft end up in the boneyard eventually, except for some B-52's. Can't tell you how many knuckles I've busted on the F4, or how many times I've put a welt down my back catching the sharp pointy corner of a main landing gear door while running under the aircraft bent over. (I'm too tall to stand up under there) I still remember my first day on the flightline, I was sitting in the front cockpit running radar checks, when the F4 behind me let out a huge bang, and black smoke came billowing out from under the aircraft. I was out of the cockpit and running for a fire bottle when my trainer stopped me. The F4 was just doing a cart start! Talk about feeling like a rookie! LOL
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