24 yrs. Army Aviation. 10 yrs. OH-58 Kiowa, 14 yrs. C-23 Sherpa
24 yrs. Army Aviation. 10 yrs. OH-58 Kiowa, 14 yrs. C-23 Sherpa
MSG U.S. Army, Ret.
BMWMOA 131753, ABC 129393
99 K1200RS, 71 R60/5, 85 K100RS - SOLD
johnnywishbone - I was on the USS SPERRY (AS-12) at Ballast Point when the Turks were taking possession of the POMFRET. Small world eh?
With the exception of a two year period after I retired in 2001 I have worn three different blue government uniforms: US Navy from 1970 - 1974 (from 74-75 Navy Reserves), US Coast Guard from 1975 - 2001; and Bureau of Customs and Border Protection since 2004.
During the Navy Tour I served in the USS SPERRY, USS ENTERPRISE, AND the USS MIDWAY.
My Coast Guard duties took me from Washington, DC to San Francisco and Los Angeles; Key West to Cleveland; 3 different duty stations in Michigan; my retirement ceremony took place at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD.
I went to Viet Nam onboard the MIDWAY from April 72 - March 73 and then was onboard her when we moved our homeport to Yokosuka, Japan and continued to patrol the Tonkin Gulf.
I would not want to change anything of my tours of duty; they are what made me what I am today.
thanks to all my brothers and sisters who were or all serving.
Last edited by Tim Hecht; 08-07-2011 at 04:38 PM.
Royal Engineers (British Army) 1965-71
England, Germany, Singapore, Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong.
Fire Fighter. 20 years.
Martin. BMW MOA Ambassador.17748
BMW MOA Charter, Life member.
Valley BMW Riders. British Columbia.
Both Terry & I served in the Canadian Air Force Reserve
Myself 8 years, Terry retired after 17 years.
Ambassador BMW MOA Ontario Canada
President Niagara BMW Riders #298
Knights of the Roundel #333
1977 R100RS, (Retired) 1993 R100GS (just getting started)
10 yrs active duty US Air Force. 1 year Reserve. Now currently working on contracts for fighter aviation for USMC, USN, and USAF.
I am strongly considering applying for OTS and becoming a commissioned officer in the USAF. I have a degree in aerospace engineering, and those that I've talked to say that I should pursue being a pilot. If anyone has any tips/insight, feel free to let me know.
If you're on advrider, chime in on the discussion: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=713599
Army 1986 - 1992 (Active)
1988 Served in Korea
Army Reserve 1995-2008
1997 (Deployed to Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom)
2000 (Deployed to Bosnia)
2001 (Deployed to Kosovo)
2003 (Deployed to Iraq)
2007 (Deployed to Iraq)
Notice that I was out of the country more as a reservist than when I was active duty???
Military Police and Civil Affairs Sergeant
NRA Life Member
I served 7 years Regular Army, only regret in my life is getting out at the demand of my wife at the time.
She is long gone, should have listened to my First Sargent ,and told her to sit down and be quiet.
I had already been promoted to E-6 and enjoyed my Army life.
U.S. Army - 1962-1965
i grew up with an Army Dad, he seemed to never be out of the Army even at home.
i jokingly tell folks i served 18 long years in my Dad's Own Army.
waking up every morning was like this:
he'd kick open the door, flash the lights on, and yell
"let's move it! hit the deck! feet on the floor! rise and shine!"
i'd be like "whoa dad, i'm 8 here, ok?" but it never changed, it's just how he woke us.
he died last year, at 85. he is buried at Arlington along with my Mom, and also his own parents (who have a GREAT spot up on the hill under a bunch of BIG trees). when my Mom died, he wore his Dress Blues to the funeral. well everything but the hat, which was by then was too big for him. the Army Chaplain walked in to address us all, give us a kind of briefing about the proceedings and stopped dead in his tracks when he saw the bank of ribbons on my dad's chest. he got everyone's attention and said, "this man has had a remarkable military career." and went about describing some of the high points, as shown by whatever ribbons and clusters my Dad wore, which the guy could read as if they were a book.
at his own funeral (full military honors with caisson, riderless horse, 21 gun salute and full band) as his career was being described, i found myself thinking that of all the people buried at Arlington, my own father's Army Service may just be among the most remarkable.
he served over 30 years. fought all of WWII in the Infantry and received a Battlefield Commission at about age 22. he also fought in Korea and did one tour of duty in Viet Nam. a soldier's soldier, he shunned OCS and wound up holding every single rank up to Full Colonel, EXCEPT (i believe) CWO which he bypassed when he got his Battlefield Commission. his Infantry Division was credited with firing THE last shot of WWII.
tho he was Infantry, he was also a Paratrooper and Jump Master. an Expert Marksman, he wound up training thousands of guys to shoot and handle their weapons. post WWII, he served alternately in the Guard and the Reserve, finally re-upping into the Regular Army sometime in the 50s.
he has over 25 medals and decorations, including some doubles. he is a member of the National Order of Battlefield Commissions, and out of all the decorations never applied for a Purple Heart, tho he was wounded at least twice that i am aware of. his Blue Rifleman's "bar" has both a wreath AND a star, which i guess is rare. when he went to the Infantry Museum in Ft Benning, they had a model like it hanging near the entrance, and my Dad remarked it was just like his. i guess one of the workers overheard him say that and went to bring the Museum Director down to see this guy. i thought it was great because my young nephew was there to see this... my nephew just thought of my Dad as his cranky old Grand Pa, so it did him some good to see how well respected my dad was among his peers, i think.
anyway, growing up with this guy wasn't always easy, sometimes he'd wake us up yelling in his sleep, as we crossed the country and stayed in motels- all of us in a single room. he was hard as nails and never did relax, even in his old age.
in reality i learned a LOT from him. a rock solid work ethic. that all people are the same and deserve to be treated equally. to always use "Sir" and "Ma'am" and "Please" and "Thank You". i gained his morals and standards. his dedication.
the list goes on. and on. heck i'm STILL discovering things i learned from him, i guess maybe it'll go on til i die, too.
anyways, thanks for indulging me. and to those who have served, and may be serving still,
THANK YOU. very much.
for doing what you do.
there are SO many people who will never understand or know.
With ALL Due Respect,
Spend 31 years in the US Army and Army Reserve. Several combat tours and visits to lovely places throughout the world. Pilot, tanker, transportation commander, civil affairs, and TASS. Fun!
20 years 1 month and 7 days USAF Master Sergeant. Not that I was counting, but I was a little old school and did not see a need to ask my troops if my yelling at them hurt their feelings, when I was trying train them to stay alive... Now I have another 8 years of Federal Service for Veteran's Affairs, which means I have 12 years to go to double dip my retirement.
Russian language interceptor to Airborne Brigade S-4. Active, Guard and Army Reserve at one time or the other. Thanks to all of us for what we did and didn't do.