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  • Veterans Role Call

    With my impending deployment I have noticed that the forum has many veterans per their responses to my other topic.

    So now I call upon you veterans to let yourselves be known whether American, Canadian, Brittish, Australian or otherwise. Show your colors and name your time and service, tell us a bit about yourself.

    Be proud whther you've been there and done that or kept the home fire burning!

    (Neal you bettter be posting first you swabbie!)

    Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

    Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

  • #2
    Originally posted by Rivari
    (Neal you bettter be posting first you swabbie!)
    Hah! Beat ya to it, Neal! The time zone difference is working in my favor this time .

    I was in the Royal Air Force for about 8 years, up until 1991. The government is quite happy for me to tell you about the boring bits. Unfortunately, we've got legislation called The Official Secrets Act which (still) prevents me from talking about the exciting bits. Ah well...

    At least I learned how to cut marquetry to relieve the boring times and acquired a little Spiralux saw for very small scale scrolling.

    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)


    • #3
      U.S. Air Force


      I spent 4 years in the USAF from 1966 - 1970. First assignment was Vandenberg AFB in Calf. and Then went to Okinawa from 1968 - 1970 I was in the 51st Air Combat Supply Sq. We had a huge number of C-130s that went back and forth to Vetnam I , ofcourse, was on the ground crew and never got to that vacation wonderland. After that I went to Brergstrom AFB in Austin, TX. So there you have it.

      Keep safe and come back in one piece.

      Last edited by wwalker47; 09-16-2005, 06:23 AM.

      My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut


      • #4
        I could hardly call myself a veteran but I did spend two years with the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Victoria. Quite a peculiar thing since I am not Canadian and not Scottish.
        It was however a great two years where I discovered everything from the stripping and assembly of an FN C2 to what is really worn under a kilt. Both are Top Secret so don't bother asking.
        "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
        Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


        • #5
          U.S. Army - 1980 -82 - Inetelligence Analyst/Counterintelligence, 'nuff said.
          US Air Force - 1982 - 1986 - Avionics Instrument Systems Specialist
          No regrets here.

          Scrollsaw Patterns Online
          Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671


          • #6
            USMC Recon 81-85 'nuff said, as well'


            • #7
              United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43), an aircraft carrier from Jan.1955 to Jan. !957. I was a Damage Controlman (firefighter). Two 6 month Cruises to the Med. Visited Portugal, Gibralter, Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Turkey, Greece and Cuba. The Coral Sea was the largest carrier in the world until the Forrestal came out. There were 3500 of us on board. Mick.
              Mick, - Delta P-20

              A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.


              • #8
                Hey W Walker, I use to assemble the T-56 engine that went in the C-130, I worked for Alison's for 32 years. I don't think they use that engine anymore.

                Delta P-20 & Q-3

                I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!


                • #9
                  I'm not a veteran, but thanks to all of you who served.

                  There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!


                  • #10
                    US Army 1974 - 1977. Spent 33 months of enlistment at a desk at Fort Bening, GA. Discharged day before Star Wars was first released.

                    Cann't exactly say I 'served' my country, more of a 'civil service' job that required a work uniform.

                    During the mid 1980's worked for a major defense contractor, they had a contract with USAF for on-site tech. / repair support for an Air Force radar system. This radar system was installed in the E-3A and E-3B AWACS planes. (old Boing 707 with big flying saucer on top.) Job vanished when Berlin Wall came down.

                    Yep, I worked on computers that at the time we bragged had 'core' RAM
                    memory of 15KB (yes KB!!). Not only that, we could reach processing speeds just under 18 megahertz.

                    Last edited by GrayBeard Phil; 09-16-2005, 07:28 PM. Reason: grammar


                    • #11
                      Yea, Bob the C-130 did have the T-56 Allisons ,but the C-130J is equipped with the Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines. We also had a AC-130 gun ship and was that bird mean looking...armed to the teeth.


                      My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut


                      • #12
                        Enlisted in the USAF in 1986 with plans to retire next Spring. Entire career as an Avionics Systems Specialist, with 6 of those as an instructor.

                        Dan H

                        I would rather be friendly to a stranger than be a stranger to my friends.


                        • #13
                          Hey Rivari,

                          Two years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Never got more then one state away from home.


                          • #14
                            Retired from the USAF in 1983 after 22 years. Flew the F-4C/D Phantom for two tours in Vietnam, spent three years in England at RAF Chicksands as a communications intelligence officer, babysat Minuteman missiles at Minot, N. Dakota, spent three years teaching 2nd Lts how to become missile officers at Vandenberg AFB, California, and my last tour was as an instructor at the USAF Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. I just retired again from 18 years teaching economics in a community college.
                            Old Mooner


                            • #15
                              USN From 1975-1979 Jet engine mech on F-14's
                              Iowa Army National Guard from 1979 - 1997


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