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Kampfmeister
01-18-2004, 02:57 PM
Let's see if we get through this thread in a civilized manner without it turning into a flame war like some of the others I've seen lately. Since I started following the boards I've been curious as to the origins of the individuals that post here. Among other things, their military background if any. I already know about some of you, like tenmike who indicates his background in the U.S. army on his posts. I assume that many others would have some background due to mandatory conscription being the norm around much of the world.

So what about the rest of you? What branch did you serve in? When and for which country? Did your military service influence you in any way in the reason you like playing war games like FB, or in your interest of history?

As for me, I'm retired military. I served (active/reserve) between 1979-2000 in the U.S. Navy. I was a submarine sonar technician first class. I've been interested in history, especially 19th & 20th century European, since I was a little boy. Ironically I've always been more interested in land and air warfare than naval. Joined the Navy to see the world.

Kampfmeister
01-18-2004, 02:57 PM
Let's see if we get through this thread in a civilized manner without it turning into a flame war like some of the others I've seen lately. Since I started following the boards I've been curious as to the origins of the individuals that post here. Among other things, their military background if any. I already know about some of you, like tenmike who indicates his background in the U.S. army on his posts. I assume that many others would have some background due to mandatory conscription being the norm around much of the world.

So what about the rest of you? What branch did you serve in? When and for which country? Did your military service influence you in any way in the reason you like playing war games like FB, or in your interest of history?

As for me, I'm retired military. I served (active/reserve) between 1979-2000 in the U.S. Navy. I was a submarine sonar technician first class. I've been interested in history, especially 19th & 20th century European, since I was a little boy. Ironically I've always been more interested in land and air warfare than naval. Joined the Navy to see the world.

horseback
01-18-2004, 03:21 PM
Kampf,
Air Force 'brat,' 1953-1971. Active duty USN, 1975-81. Electronic Tech (Radar) 2nd on a Garcia class FF out of Pearl, 76-79, staff at Surface Warfare Officer School, 79-81 Coronado(can you guess why I got out?).

Cheers from the target community, bubblehead

horseback

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01-18-2004, 03:31 PM
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tenmmike
01-18-2004, 03:32 PM
ya already got me http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Speco
01-18-2004, 04:22 PM
In my country every man must serve a term in military service. Almost 2 years in a armor division.

Freycinet
01-18-2004, 04:26 PM
Military service in the Danish navy, corvettes and cutters, early nineties (interesting times, with the break-up of the WAPA). Pretty **** period, mostly very boring and with uninteresting people. Glad I'm out.

Taylortony
01-18-2004, 05:33 PM
EX RAF http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Aircraft Engineer then and now, just swopped "COMPANIES" for better pay, oh and no more Royals to do wooooohooooo http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gifHated to see the waste of money that embroiled http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Cajun76
01-18-2004, 05:53 PM
USAF, 6 years and counting. Aerospace Turboprop/Turboshaft Propulsion Technician, which is a fancy way of saying I'm a dirty engine mechanic on C-130s. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
And we're an all volunteer force. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Good hunting,
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willyvic
01-18-2004, 06:01 PM
Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer (ADCS). Naval Air. Played with EA-3B's, EP-3's, E6-A's, F14's, and C-121's.

Hey! Who let the bubble head in here? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Taylortony
01-18-2004, 06:05 PM
Ahhh watch your rear, the navies here http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

ok well better put what i played with too..... Wessex, Puma, Chinook, Jaguar and VC10 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ahh the " Original Airforce" The RAF

JG52_Helgstrand
01-18-2004, 06:07 PM
US Navy 1989-1995. AD Jet engine mechanic.
89-91 VAQ 132, EA6B Prowlers/USS Saratoga (flight deck/plane captain).
91-93 NAS Sigonella Sicily, "I" level. P-3/E-2/C-130/
93-95 NAS Pensacola Fl, Staff at Naval Aviation Schools Command.

Naval Aviation Rules!!!LOL

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willyvic
01-18-2004, 06:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Taylortony:
Ahhh watch your rear, the navies here http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

No worries mate. Just keep ur soap on a rope...... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Oh, and we spell it Air Farce here....hehe.

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Taylortony
01-18-2004, 06:19 PM
Was gonna add " Join the Navy and feel a Man........ there are lots of em in the Navy" lol but i resisted......................oops now look what you made me do http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Yup we even had A Vicky 10 remarked to say Royal Air Farce down the side, but it was soon removed lol....similar one came back from repaint and we could not figure out what was wrong for a week or so till someone pointed out the tail flash was the wrong way round and was infact the french one lol hehehehe http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Woof603
01-18-2004, 06:21 PM
Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, 1951-1957

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Taylortony
01-18-2004, 06:25 PM
Sabres huh http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif cool, big time http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gifCan relate to the "Those were the days my Friend" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

OberstWileyII
01-18-2004, 06:33 PM
Retired US Air Force O-6; cadet 1961-65, Intel and recce/combat support stuff, 1965-1989(Rc-135's, EC-121's, EC47's, RC-130's, U2R's, TR-1's, SR-71's, Various Drones and UAV's; Joint ops with Army and Navy recce/intel, and combined ops with German and British airborne, naval, and ground recce/intel,;Satellites, Humint, Photint, Sigint, and other stuff...etc)

My interest in history and things military began long before FB...Started out when, as a Very young boy I was taken to the theater/cinema/movies to see "Sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne...I think I was about 5 years old....Shortly thereafter I learned that I had an Uncle on each side of my family(My Mom's brother and my Dad's brother) who were both 18 and signed up for the Army on Monday morning December 8th 1941... Coincidentally they were Both Nicknamed "Buddy"...one made it thru the war. He got out of the army in 46...then in 48 joined the navy...got out in 52 or 53...joined the US Air Force in that same year, and retired in 66. He was my role model.

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essemm
01-18-2004, 06:34 PM
I am an ex Candian Infantry officer.

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tagert
01-18-2004, 07:17 PM
Active Army 1984-1988
Army Reserve 1992-1996
Air National Guard 1996-1999

TAGERT

BaronVonSnoopy
01-18-2004, 07:59 PM
USN, 97-01. AW2 (aircrew), H-60s, H-53s.

Skiri-ki_
01-18-2004, 08:34 PM
USMC

Capt

8yrs... nuff said. Semper Fi

LW_lcarp
01-18-2004, 08:45 PM
U.S. Army Light Wheel Vehicle Mech. 86-91

Eagle_361st
01-18-2004, 08:57 PM
USMC 92-98 2d Bn Recon here. Been all over this here Earth for the Corps. Would go back in a New York minute if needed. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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JarheadEd
01-18-2004, 09:49 PM
USMC '85-'91 VMFA-251 and VMFA-312. Mostly as an Electrician on Hornets, but got some Phantom time in '312 too. Got out in '01 went to work for Dyncorp at Navy Test Pilot School. Did Hornets, Blackhawks Seahawks T-2's T-38's OH-6's OH-58's SH-3D's HH-3H's U-6's NU-1B and X-26. Then on to Navy Strike Aircraft Test Squadron where i added some EA-6B and Currently working Boeing on F/A-18 E's and F's.
Edit: Spellink

Semper Fi.
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Slammin_
01-18-2004, 10:50 PM
USAF Active duty 1979-1983. Ground Radio Communications Equipment Repairman.

Always liked being near planes.

AngryIrish
01-18-2004, 11:10 PM
I'm active duty US Air Force currently assigned to the Global Hawk UAV. I've worked F-16s at various bases over the last 13 years. I will be working them again at Osan AB Korea in about six months.

TexasGunslinger
01-18-2004, 11:49 PM
U.S. Navy 1975-1989, did not retire, but left as an Chief Ocean Systems Technician (Analyst) OTAC.

I have worked since then in about every Anti-Submarine Warfare community as a civilian acoustic and tactical analyst. I currently work for the The University of Texas at Austin, conducting sonar research.

Towndog_31stFG
01-19-2004, 12:03 AM
USMC early 80's VMA124 aviation electrician A4E Skyhawks

DONB3397
01-19-2004, 12:05 AM
U.S. Army Artillery, FDC

TX-Zen
01-19-2004, 01:05 AM
Tank Commander, M1A1 Abrams, CO A 5/112th Armor, Texas Army National Guard, 1992-2002.

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Rajvosa
01-19-2004, 01:23 AM
Military service in Swedish Airforce. Grease monkey, serviced SAAB JA 37 Viggen (mighty beast), latest, state of the art JAS 39 Gripen and classic J 35J Draken. Those were my favorites, from mid-fifties, similar performance to F-104, double-deltas... Ahhh, I'm gonna start to frown here http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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SUPERAEREO
01-19-2004, 03:27 AM
In Italy until very recently every young man had to spend at least a year in the forces for his national service, so most Italians have had at least basic military training. I was in an airfield protection platoon within the Italian Air Force. At the time I was fit and didn't wear glasses...

pinche_bolillo
01-19-2004, 03:39 AM
:O one, two, three, four, united states marine corps! 0811 field artilery 83-86, mostly 8"/203mm self propelled. that had no bearing on my interest in world war two aviation. it just made me even more crazy than I already was.

ShVAK
01-19-2004, 05:26 AM
Pilot - Canadian Forces, 1981-present, primarily on jets and helicopters. Former Sqn CO. Now in the HQ role.

GerekeHei
01-19-2004, 08:58 AM
Bearcat,

One of the instructors I had up at NTC Great Lakes, a retired Chief Aviation Mechanic was an A-7 Mechanic in the Redcocks. He was also on the USS Enterprise when they filmed Top Gun

To the originator of the post and everyone else,

Active duty USN, been in since 2000.. Right now I'm a Fire Controlman 3rd Class aboard the USS Monterey. Mk. 86 GFCS tech. However I'm crossrating over to Master At Arms.

Good too see fellow military members posting here.

As for the military getting me interested in combat sims? Nah.. Been a WW2 Luftwaffe junkie since I was a kid.

steveo10
01-19-2004, 10:52 AM
82nd Airborne Division
1/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment
Ft. Bragg, NC
85-89

Kernow
01-19-2004, 12:19 PM
RAF, 1988 - present. Navigator, C-130 Hercules.

Lufbery_Boy
01-19-2004, 12:48 PM
U.S. Navy 1980 - 1993

Naval Academy graduate 1984
Served 3 1/2 years aboard USS PARGO, SSN 650
Instructor, Submarine School Groton CT until I resigned as a Lieutenant. Never been so tired in all my life! Glad to have a job nowadays where I can spend time at home with the family...in 1987 we spent 300 days at sea! The entire wardroom was either single or divorced. But the experience was rewarding and I was proud to have served.

DynamicBass
01-19-2004, 01:26 PM
A lot of family members spent time in service or under fire in WW2. From Navigator in Lancasters, to Submarines (WW1 mostley), to commanding allied ports in Africa to serving in North Africa and Italy with the 8th army (South African Division), to serving in the Royal Marine Commandos. My mom still gets goosebumps when she hears sirens similar to those played out over London during the air-raids. (she was 5y old living in London at the time).

I have always had a strong military interest and was drafted for two years service in the South African Defence Force (SADF) 1988-9. became an instructor and headed off to South West Africa- S.W.A. (now Namibia) to serve in an airborne unit as platoon commander.

We were in the 22nd year of a little known Counterinsurgency war that had gradually escalated into a full blown convetional one against what we believed was a communist attempt at us. We ended up facing 50 000 Cuban troops, many more marxist MPLA (Angolan) and SWAPO regulars, over 1000 Russians, 2000 East Germans, Ukranian, North Korean, Vietnamiese and Bulgerian troops- backed with billions of Dollars woth of the latest Soviet weaponry. We had some of the largest tank battles in Africa since El Alamein going and I remember guys comming back from the "Border" whilst I was stiil in training with stuff like Russian Pilot's helmets from shot down Migs and bits and pieces of various Russian planes and tanks.
(we shot down some Mil Hind-17 and 25 Helicopters and Gunships once, using our licence produced MB.326K light strike jets armed with 2 x 30mm cannon - might be a world first of combat plane against combat helicopter)

I never saw combat though, as just then (1989) U.N. Resolution 435 ended it all. I was a little pissed off at the time but looking back today I'm rather pleased that I didn't see action. (don't let the Hollywood movies fool anyone - war is a very terrible thing). I ended up serving out the rest of my time as Comms Centre supervisor before Demobing end of '89.

Funny enough, being half British - I enjoy the WW2 German planes and equipment more than any other. I also have no gripe whatsoever with any of the above- mentioned nationalities or countries.(anyway before I realy go off on a tangent) Just glad that there is peace in Angola now in place of war.

tsisqua
01-19-2004, 01:41 PM
US Army Intel, Berlin, 79-81

Tsisqua

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RennyB
01-19-2004, 01:48 PM
U.S Army Intel, Russian linguist. 95 to present.

MosDef_99th
01-19-2004, 01:50 PM
U.S. Army National Guard 1986-1992 Infantry

purzel08
01-19-2004, 02:00 PM
12 month army service in a german mountain soldier battalion. Now member of a reserve battalion. We will be in Jacksonville, Florida to train with the US National Guard next June.
Greetings...

horseback
01-19-2004, 03:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by purzel08:
12 month army service in a german mountain soldier battalion. Now member of a reserve battalion. We will be in Jacksonville, Florida to train with the US National Guard next June.
Greetings...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Jeez...don't forget your salt tablets. I think they invented humidity down there.

Cheers

horseback

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Leka_
01-19-2004, 03:24 PM
Artillery 1983-1984
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tsisqua
01-19-2004, 03:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RennyB:
U.S Army Intel, Russian linguist. 95 to present.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Iwas 05K. My best buds were Russian/German linguists. . . I have been told that you all are very cunning.

Tsisqua

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310th Falcon
01-19-2004, 03:50 PM
U.S. Air Force (SAC) 1971-1975.
CrewChief on B-52D, and KC-135A Refueler.
Station at Fairchild AFB Spokane Washington.

Currently at Yokota AB, Japan

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Taylortony
01-19-2004, 05:00 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by DynamicBass:
. We ended up facing 50 000 Cuban troops, many more marxist MPLA (Angolan) and SWAPO regulars, over 1000 Russians, 2000 East Germans, Ukranian, North Korean, Vietnamiese and Bulgerian troops.QUOTE]

Don't worry, your'e safe now, I believe most of them Have sneaked into the UK Illegally, we have housed them around the country for free, whilst paying them a good wad of cash to live off and are presently giving them free health care to boot...... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

cuski
01-19-2004, 05:32 PM
In my country too, military service was mandatory. 1 year for highschool graduates, 6-8 months for college/university graduates.

Spent 6 months in an infantry batallion. Not something I want to remember.

Scen
01-19-2004, 06:10 PM
USMC E-7 Scout Observer/Forward Air Controller
ANGLICO 1985-1997

JG57_Moose
01-19-2004, 06:13 PM
Military brat all my life, and planning to join the Navy next year to fly.

At least I hope so... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Steven190
01-19-2004, 06:17 PM
Myself a USN 1966 -1969
Started in the squardon VA75 with A-6 and transfered to HAL-3 in 68, Vhyn Long in a UH-1B starboard door BMG .50 HB

Ironhand_310th
01-19-2004, 06:55 PM
U.S. Navy

Petty Officer Second class(PO2)
Been in since August of 02.

willyvic
01-19-2004, 07:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OberstWileyII:
Joint ops with Army and Navy recce/intel)

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Joint Navy ops with VQ-1 or VAP-61 by any chance? VQ-1 here 72-76/79-84/89-91. EC-121's, EA-3B's, and EP-3's.

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WhiteKnight77
01-19-2004, 09:39 PM
Born on a now closed B-52 bomber base way back when. USMC 80-86, HMT-301. Crew Chief/Plane Captian/Door Gunner/Loadmaster/Rotors and RElated and jet engine mechanic for CH-46Es. Gotta love the Frogs. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

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GunnerV
01-19-2004, 09:59 PM
USMC KC-130 Navigator, 1988-present

Panther_99FS
01-19-2004, 10:08 PM
Active Duty USAF here..

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