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Active U.S. Navy currently stationed in Little Creek, Virginia with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two. I've got 14 years of service and plan on going the full ride (retiring). ;) I have nine commands under my belt so far! Sima Mayport, Florida; NAS Agana, Guam; USS Holland (AS-32) in Guam; Competent (AFDM-6) afloating drydock out of Hawaii; Naval Complex Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Naval Security Attachment Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) out of Everett, Wa. and Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, SC. And the only command I didn't like was the Stinkin' Lincoln!!! :laughing:

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I am ex- US Air Force. Spent 4 years travling around the world. Met some good people from many countries. Some were non-military types. I joined right after High School with no direction in my life. After 4 years, I grew up quickly.

Altough I'm out now, I respect anyone who enters the Armed Forces of any branch. I do not regret my time in the Air Force. Because of my time in, I have always been able to find steady and well paying employment. Currently I work as a Firefighter/Paramedic here in Poughkeepsie.

And Now I use my mapping skills to do caching. I plot out the cache on a topo map first before going to the GPSr to verify the spot. Most times, I'm right on the money.

 

Happy Caching

Broken Knee

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2LT USAF, starting pilot training at LAFB in a few weeks. I'm a slimy new LT and have nothing on most of you guys.

 

Found out about geocaching while I was at the Academy and thought it would be a fun thing to do while hiking/backpacking in the hills out there in Colorado. Recently I haven't had time to do much of anything geocaching related, and that doesn't look like it will change for a while.

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Active Duty Navy Chaplain, here, serving with the FMF. Oorah! I've got a WJTB that I'm taking to Iraq next week. Wish me luck!

:huh: Best of luck from a Vietnam Vet and I hope you don't need it.

Let me know if the sand still tastes like s***. It certainly did when I was in Saudi Arabia on a National Guard " exercise " just prior to the last conflict. :o

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US Navy, a long time ago.

USS Independence (CV-62) 1981-1985.

 

I'll bet it would be different today...

 

"Sir, based on a good fix, Navigation holds us on course."

 

"My iFinder concurs!" :P

 

Guess, I should sign this one as

 

"LT Dad"

 

Or for you Navy types, I guess that would be MISTER Dad!

 

(Edited for spelling, what do you expect from the ex-PAO?) :rolleyes:

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:blink: What Snoogans said and don't sweat the small stuff.

Anyone who has actually seen the hind end of the world from the military knows we serve to keep the freedom to say almost any thing we want without governmental bias keeping that in check.

Unfortunately that means the idiots also get their say. :lol:

Good point.

 

LOL.

 

Mac

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It would appear that military service has NOTHING to do with geocaching.

 

So, why is this thread even allowed?? I suspect it is an underhanded attempt at promoting support for the waining war in Iraq.

How do you propose that this listing supports anything? How does this question differ from the "lurkers introduce yourself" pinned forum? The OP stated that this was definately not a war thread pro/anti.

 

I am just asking - trying to understand your train of thought.

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It would appear that military service has NOTHING to do with geocaching.

 

So, why is this thread even allowed?? I suspect it is an underhanded attempt at promoting support for the waining war in Iraq.

You are all over the huge GC conspiracy to support a failing war. Especially considering the OP posted on April 2, 2003, not even a month after the war began. How did they know the war would be "futile" and "waining" that early on? Oh, those pesky GC admin types are so tricky, knowing the future and allowing an irrelevant topic just to support the war!

 

From the OP: "No politics, no "support the troops", no pro-war, or anti-war, just state your service and maybe when you served. My roots in Geocaching come from my service in the military, where I was first introduced to GPS technology. So it does tie into our little sport, at least for me."

 

I have to agree with the last two sentences, at least from the perspective of my neck of the woods. It seems that a large, if not majority, percentage of cachers are in active service or veterans, where they learned skills that are useful in geocaching. While military service is not required for geocaching, based upon the number of posts here, there does seem to be a correlation (even if it is irrelevant).

 

Would you object to a thread where folks checked in with their orienteering experience?

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Wow! This may be gc.com's longest argument!

 

Started in April of 2003, I posted in October of that year, and now two years later it's still going on!

 

Anytime I hear about military service I wish I had stayed in the Navy!

 

I have hired and worked with a lot of folks since then, and still give vets preference.

 

That's not to say that all vets are good, but as a pool I've found that I can trust that MOST are!

 

Of course, I give that same instinctual trust to cops, firefighters, Masons and to a large part, volunteers, among others.

 

I think the bottom line is selflessness, placing the greater good above one's own. If I know someone is capable of that then I know something important about that person.

 

There's a certain type of person willing to join and contribute where other life choices would be better for them - certainly soldiers, cops, firefighters and volunteers could have chosen something that paid better and garnered more respect!

 

That they chose to serve others tells me something about them, whereas with Johnny-off-the-street who has never done anything beyond serve himself I have no insight at all into his character.

 

All of my above-named groups rely on teamwork, something critical to the success of most endeavors, and most anyone who makes it successfully in one of those groups for any length of time has proven they can act as part of a team, or they would have been weeded out!

 

Anyhoo - this thread isn't about belittling anyone who didn't serve, it's about asking those who did when and how. Not much to argue about when framed that way!

 

Ed

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USAF 13.5 years Day 1- Apr 15th 1992

Edwards AFB, CA Aug 1992 - Dec 1996

Spangdahlem AB, Germany Jan 1997 - Feb 2001

Travis AFB, CA Feb 2001 - current

 

Spent 99 days in Balad, Iraq Aug 04 - Nov 04... 150 attacks on the base while I was there. By attacks I mean, rockets and/or mortars coming in and causing us to go into Alarm Red. As I work in aircraft maintenance on the flightline, I saw several of the rockets come in and you see your life flash before your eyes daily.

Every few days we'd have an aircraft come in to pick up wounded and my troops & I would help load people onto various aircraft. And about every 10 days we'd shut everything down to silently load at least one casket onto a C-130... covered in an American flag.

I feel that I am a better person having been there and been a part of so much in such a short period of time. I do not regret the time I spent ducking & covering with about 50 extra pounds of armor strapped to my body. I don't even regret the time I spent away from my family. I only regret that I couldn't do more.

It's not just about being in the military. It's not just about being an American. It's about caring for your fellow man, no matter where he or she is from, or their skin tone, or even their beliefs. If you have a heart, if you can feel pain... then you understand what so many people around the world are feeling. That's what we, the military... Americans, are fighting for. Forget politics, forget supposed presidental agendas, take care of each other... of every one!

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US Army 1979-1990

 

Ft. Gordon, Ft. Lewis, Ft. Sheridan (before they closed it), and 7 years in Germany.

 

In the Army, I quite enjoyed orienteering and map reading, and hadn't heard about GPS. That experience attracted me to geocaching, and when I started I did so using just Googlemaps and hints, and found my first 12 that way. It's easier now that I have my own nifty new GPS.

 

My geocaching name comes from when I went to Airborne school as an ROTC cadet. My "name" was on my helmet: "CW28" (for "Cadet, Woman, #28"), or "charlie whiskey 28". I thought "charliewhiskey" sounded a little more fun than "almost-50-year-old-mother-of-two-teenagers".

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Nineteen years in the British Army (RAOC/RLC) retiring as a major in 1994 having specialised in EOD/IEDD. Active service tours in NI x 2 (one on IEDD work) and that little unpleasantness in the Falklands (which on the plus side did include an all expenses paid cruise on the QE2 ;) ). Currently working in an MOD (your DOD equivalent) establishment.

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It would appear that military service has NOTHING to do with geocaching.

 

So, why is this thread even allowed??  I suspect it is an underhanded attempt at promoting support for the waining war in Iraq.

You are all over the huge GC conspiracy to support a failing war. Especially considering the OP posted on April 2, 2003, not even a month after the war began. How did they know the war would be "futile" and "waining" that early on? Oh, those pesky GC admin types are so tricky, knowing the future and allowing an irrelevant topic just to support the war!

 

From the OP: "No politics, no "support the troops", no pro-war, or anti-war, just state your service and maybe when you served. My roots in Geocaching come from my service in the military, where I was first introduced to GPS technology. So it does tie into our little sport, at least for me."

 

I have to agree with the last two sentences, at least from the perspective of my neck of the woods. It seems that a large, if not majority, percentage of cachers are in active service or veterans, where they learned skills that are useful in geocaching. While military service is not required for geocaching, based upon the number of posts here, there does seem to be a correlation (even if it is irrelevant).

 

Would you object to a thread where folks checked in with their orienteering experience?

Jeep-Dog, I am in awe. You beat me to the exact reply I was going to make...LOL. Good deal. I've already ranted about these people that just can't seem to seperate their politics and Geocaching in any shape or form. Everything is an afront to their sensibilities about "The War". Any show of patriotism is "support for the war", or something to that effect. You just can't win.

 

But thank you my friend, for making the reply you made. But you must know that logic and fact plays no part in this arguement, right? LOL, LOL.

 

Mac

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Wow! This may be gc.com's longest argument!

 

Started in April of 2003, I posted in October of that year, and now two years later it's still going on!

 

I think the bottom line is selflessness, placing the greater good above one's own. If I know someone is capable of that then I know something important about that person.

 

(clip)

 

Anyhoo - this thread isn't about belittling anyone who didn't serve, it's about asking those who did when and how. Not much to argue about when framed that way!

 

Ed

Yes, this one has been going on for some time now. But, I must take issue with you on one little aspect...lol. Only a FEW of the posts have been what you might call "arguementative" in any way. For the most part it has been a very civil and honorable listing of the selfless service of a multitude of individuals, from several countries by the way, who have served their fellow man in some capacity.

 

Only those who refuse to see, won't get it.

 

Mac

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USAF  13.5 years  Day 1- Apr 15th 1992

Edwards AFB, CA Aug 1992 - Dec 1996

Spangdahlem AB, Germany  Jan 1997 - Feb 2001

Travis AFB, CA  Feb 2001 - current

 

Spent 99 days in Balad, Iraq Aug 04 - Nov 04... 150 attacks on the base while I was there.

 

(clip)

 

I only regret that I couldn't do more.

Oh man, what a post. I salute you my friend, and thank you for your service, and for your eloquence. The last statement I used in the quote does say it all about American service personnel, and I suspect, those who serve in most countries.

 

We only regret we couldn't do more. Amen.

 

Mac

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It would appear that military service has NOTHING to do with geocaching.

 

So, why is this thread even allowed?? I suspect it is an underhanded attempt at promoting support for the waining war in Iraq.

As with some geocaches, some topics in the forums are "grandfathered". This would be one of them. If you don't like it, don't read it. If you attempt to derail the topic again then moderator action may be taken.

 

I would respectfully ask that everyone else do as the OP has asked.

No politics, no "support the troops", no pro-war, or anti-war, just state your service and maybe when you served.

 

Carry on.

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RN Avionics Engineer 1991-2000

 

772 SQDN

707 SQDN

846 NACS

RNAS Yeovilton - Fast Jet Radar Software Engineer

 

Checked in the lanyard for a tie. Still writing fast jet MIL software but without the bell-bottoms;)

 

P.S. Hope Mr Nibbler didn't submit that log from his office - they're watching:ph34r: ....say HI to Major Trek & Co.

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