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Old 2010-06-06, 04:18
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Congrats D&Q'd. Good luck at the training. What's the difference between airborne and air assault? Gonna get to go to jump school??? I'd love to get to go to that...if I can get my ass in tip top shape I am going for EOD and will get to do jump school as well as fast rope from helos! It's a tough bit of training though. Who knows..

Our deployment is winding down, still have some time left to go though...another couple months or so. We're in Bodrum, Turkey right now, it's really nice here. Though I hear Norfolk, VA is great this time of year!
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Old 2010-06-06, 04:24
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Right now, I'm about to have my OOD (Officer of the Deck) board in about a week which will be my last qualification before I have my SWO (Surface Warfare Officer) board to get my SWO pin. http://www.militarytimes.com/blogs/.../05/swo-pin.gif I should have the SWO board knocked out before July is over with. I cannot wait! It will be a huge load off my chest since that is a first tour Officer's primary goal. After that I'll be working on EOOW (Engineering Officer of the Watch) so that I can have that qual and also get more negotiating power for my next orders...trying to either go to Mayport, FL or go into the Riverines...if neither of those then Hawaii or Japan.
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Old 2010-06-07, 08:37
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Norfolk sucks. Hubby always said too many sailors. lol "Dogs and sailors keep off the grass." Maybe it's changed from when my husband was there.
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Old 2010-06-07, 10:28
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Ehh doesn't sound like it's changed. Norfolk is tired of Sailors and their associated shit...though they would feel the hurt if we all up and left. The monetary impact is something that has been taken for granted I think. Then again, I've only been in VA for 6.5 months out of the almost 2 years I've lived there.
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Old 2010-06-07, 11:03
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There was a base in New England that booted the Navy out and all but collapsed. I think they allowed the port back because they lost so much money. If a base the size of Norfolk closed up Virginia would probably be in a world of hurt.
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Old 2010-07-03, 23:53
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I just got back now. Airborne is parachuting from planes, air assault is rappeling from choppers. I completed my training fully qualified, but my gpa may not be good enough to go active duty. I still can get a scholarship if I sign though.
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Well, do what you need to do. A scholarship wouldn't be half bad though if you don't make it to active. Bloom where you're planted and soak up the experiences.
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Back from 7 months in the Med.. Here are some pictures.


Naples, Italy
You can see our ship in this first picture.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0783.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0782.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0771.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0770.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0766.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0762.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0795.jpg

Beirut, Lebanon...we were called there to assist with search and rescue/recovery efforts after a civilian 737 went into the Mediterranean.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9225.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9190.jpg

REXTORP firing...recoverable torpedo.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9551.jpg

Israel..we were in Haifa but people were taking tours of Jerusalem.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9868.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9697.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9737.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9823.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0841.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0850.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0843.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1045.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1060.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1036.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1047.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1044.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1062.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1064.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1109.jpg

VBSS drill..I'm on the right taking up the rear with the pistol.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/DSC00655.jpg

RAS (Replenishment At Sea)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0625.jpg

Our berthing after a little flooding..
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1088.jpg

Kusadasi, Turkey
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0572.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0559.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1158.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1159.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1161.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1175.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1177.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1184.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1221.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1223.jpg

Bodrum, Turkey
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1226.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1220.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1228.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1440.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1439.jpg

French warship we did an exercise with.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1382.jpg

Rhodes, Greece
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1500.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1495.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1498.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1510.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1511.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1517.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1519.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1521.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1527.jpg

Another RAS..
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1537.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1530.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1532.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1536.jpg

Someone getting OC sprayed!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1551.jpg

Catania, Sicily
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1566.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1579.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1571.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1568.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1570.jpg

Some last random ones

Spent 5" casings..
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1587.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1588.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1260.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1422.jpg
A sketch I did on deployment for someone's tattoo design.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1305.jpg
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Old 2010-08-09, 00:08
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Welcome back. Nice pictures.

What happened with the 737 rescue mission? Any survivors?
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Old 2010-08-09, 00:40
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Thanks. There were no survivors, 90 people either died on impact or drowned. http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/afric...rash/index.html

There is even a wikipedia article about it that also mentions our ship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiop...ines_Flight_409

We wound up helping recover what wasn't at the bottom and also using some of our ships sensors to localize the emergency transponder. The black box puts out a signal for a certain length of time (battery life dependent) that we were able to detect.
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Old 2010-08-09, 13:46
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Hey man! Everythings okay with you?
Great pictures I really appreciated looking at them. Keep us up to date
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Back from 7 months in the Med.. Here are some pictures.


Naples, Italy
You can see our ship in this first picture.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0783.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0782.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0771.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0770.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0766.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0762.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0795.jpg

Beirut, Lebanon...we were called there to assist with search and rescue/recovery efforts after a civilian 737 went into the Mediterranean.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9225.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9190.jpg

REXTORP firing...recoverable torpedo.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9551.jpg

Israel..we were in Haifa but people were taking tours of Jerusalem.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9868.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9697.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9737.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_9823.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0841.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0850.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0843.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1045.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1060.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1036.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1047.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1044.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1062.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1064.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1109.jpg

VBSS drill..I'm on the right taking up the rear with the pistol.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/DSC00655.jpg

RAS (Replenishment At Sea)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0625.jpg

Our berthing after a little flooding..
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1088.jpg

Kusadasi, Turkey
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0572.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_0559.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1158.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1159.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1161.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1175.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1177.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1184.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1221.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1223.jpg

Bodrum, Turkey
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1226.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1220.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1228.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1440.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1439.jpg

French warship we did an exercise with.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1382.jpg

Rhodes, Greece
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1500.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1495.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1498.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1510.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1511.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1517.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1519.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1521.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1527.jpg

Another RAS..
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1537.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1530.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1532.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1536.jpg

Someone getting OC sprayed!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1551.jpg

Catania, Sicily
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1566.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1579.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1571.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1568.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1570.jpg

Some last random ones

Spent 5" casings..
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1587.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1588.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1260.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1422.jpg
A sketch I did on deployment for someone's tattoo design.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c...10/IMG_1305.jpg


It really brings back memories seeing those pics. That life seems far gone after almost 4 years. I have all the same pics and video of places in Naples that you have. I remember a few shipmates and I also got attacked by children throwing rocks farther in the city while looking for a bar lol. I remember them being kinda cool at first playing ball on the street and being curious. Next thing we know they started calling us "fish" or something and rocks being thrown. Great times! It's kinda cool to think we both walked in the same far away places, although your adventure began just as my service ended. Thus is the tradition of Naval service

You also know Navy uniform regs do not allow active duty Sailors to aquire body modification to include tattoos without first being aproved ( which never happens ). Lets just assume the tattoo design you "sketched" was for a civilian or Sailor's future referance after they leave Naval service, right

Regardless, I'm happy to see you have really come along way. Cheers to you.

I don't mean to end this on a negitive note but it sucks about what happened in Labanon. At least you were there to do something. I'm sure there are a lot of thankful people glad you could recover what you did.
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Old 2010-08-16, 00:28
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The whole Lebanese thing was definitely interesting. Their media wound up turning on us after we left..kinda strange but I guess stranger things have happened. Then again, it wasn't even their mainstream media, more the radical groups. I mean really, we just helped find the wreckage and recover parts..we didn't shoot them down or anything.

haha yea, definitely have come a ways since I started posting in this thread. Not sure how it feels though, in regards to time. Seems like time is going by fairly quickly but at times it definitely goes by slowly. Probably because our ship is underway all the time.
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It always made me wonder how people could turn on each other so fast. It blows my mind but I know it happens in America too. If you remember how I talked about the children in Naples playing ball, they thought westerners were interesting at first and talked with us. 5 minites later one of them starts going ape shit yelling about something and calling us something that sounded like "fish". I bearly know Italian from my grandmother so I only got parts. It only took less than a minute before the other kids started to do it too. It doesn't take long to get the idea that you are becoming a target and not wanted. I never thought children would treat people this way. We all just walked away before any adults decided they wanted to get on the lynching. People followed us for a few blocks and several rocks were thrown at us. Nothing really damaging hit us but I knew there was no where to go ( narrow streets ) and get help if shit hit the fan. We just played it cool and walked. We all agreed to never officially report it but did spread word about being alone deeper in the city. Needless to say, we were all very careful after that. The buddy system works for a reason.

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It always made me wonder how people could turn on each other so fast. It blows my mind but I know it happens in America too. If you remember how I talked about the children in Naples playing ball, they thought westerners were interesting at first and talked with us. 5 minites later one of them starts going ape shit yelling about something and calling us something that sounded like "fish". I bearly know Italian from my grandmother so I only got parts. It only took less than a minute before the other kids started to do it too. It doesn't take long to get the idea that you are becoming a target and not wanted. I never thought children would treat people this way. We all just walked away before any adults decided they wanted to get on the lynching. People followed us for a few blocks and several rocks were thrown at us. Nothing really damaging hit us but I knew there was no where to go ( narrow streets ) and get help if shit hit the fan. We just played it cool and walked. We all agreed to never officially report it but did spread word about being alone deeper in the city. Needless to say, we were all very careful after that. The buddy system works for a reason.


Ahhh not a good story. I think that are the lovely stereotypes that these kids were taught since their cradle-time.
But hey take it easy, I`m from germany and believe me everywhere I went abroad I was confronted with things like that and got my ass kicked because of our lovely history. And right after that our government released a study that germans are the most favourited tourists in the states of the European Union. I`m tired of that
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Old 2010-08-17, 22:02
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Thanks Bass B. I took a lot of other ones but the ones at sea get somewhat repetitive.


Soul - Yea, people can be pretty shifty at times. So far I've been fortunate enough to not encounter any anti-military or anti-american behavior while overseas.
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The Navy looks pretty cool, were you an OCS grad or NORTC commissioned?

I didn't really look into the Navy before I signed for the Army. Well now I got a scholarship offer, but I'm sort of low on motivation already and that is not good. I don't want to go to summer camp next summer again and end up playing dumb games and be evaluated on them. There are lots of asshole cadets also who I think I would lose my cool around if forced to be near them for too long. I guess anything in the military is really more people-oriented jobs than anything obviously, not sure if its right for some quiet metal kid. I tend to do poor with the group stuff and good by myself with things like shooting and land nav, pt, etc. Maybe E-1 instead of O-1? choices are sort of driving me mad.
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What do you mean E1 instead of O1?

I went through OCS. We have Officers from the Naval Academy and also NROTC...then there are the prior enlisted that are either Warrant Officers or LDO's.

No matter E or O, you're going to have to deal with people a lot, and there will always be someone or several people that are annoying as hell. The worst is that many of them will be higher in rank and you'll have to listen to them.

You should take advantage of the scholarship deal. The higher an education you can get, the more it will help you in any branch of the military, E or O.

edit..In regards to the Navy looking cool. It has it's ups and downs like every branch and every other job out there. Sometimes I love it, and a few times I've really disliked it. Overall I am happy with where I am at and plan on continuing down this road until I can retire.
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LMAO, it's not as much a down grade as it seems. The roles are completely different and haven't you ever once wished you were in the ranks so you could worry about different things? I know officers have another world of problems so sometimes being enlisted might seem like a vacation... sometimes.

drawn&quartered, it might seem like enlisted get to do the super cool dangerous stuff, but its a hard path to go. If you have the chance to become an officer than I would go for it first. So long as you are not active duty I don't think its to late to transfer branches. I might be wrong but at least find out for yourself. Overall its up to what you want to do at this point. If that means enlisting than cheers. My recruit sister division had a guy with a masters degree, but he enlisted... everyone thought he was crazy but I'm sure he had his reasons. Plus, you are right about the military being all about people; the good and the bad. Without people its just a lot of expensive gear that does nothing. The ego pumping jerks get noticed eventually and suffer what comes to them. Just give it time. Sometimes you have to dig deep to humble yourself, think, and focus on the job.
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