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Old 19 April 2015, 22:43
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I see introductions are needed. Recently retired military Army officer. Enlisted at 17 in 1977 and went 11B then over to 2/75th Rangers pre-regiment. ETS'd into reserves to go to college and ROTC. Was assigned to 12th SF GP during that period and after commission finished college and from there spent a lot of time between active and reserve components in to many assignments to list or even remember. Majority of my time was spent in Spec Ops or Line units. Was lucky to avoid to much staff time. Amazed how when I went in there were very few operators and then over the past 10 years seeing it explode. 2 seal teams, 1 force recon, 2 undersized Ranger Bn's and 3 undersized SF GP's. That was it. Small community and no Seal 6 and Delta was just getting headway. Times do change. I did find though standards dropped when they expanded Spec Ops. Back then you sneezed wrong you were terminated.
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Old 20 April 2015, 04:54
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Hi all,

I am interested in international events and as such subscribe to various forums. I have read threads on here before and found it very balanced and well moderated. I will mostly be reading as no millitary background, but hope to be of some use in the areas that concern the many countries I have lived and worked in. Perhaps travel/working conditions/local customs and politics.

Thank you for having me.
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Old 20 April 2015, 07:48
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Hello and thanks for the account validation.

I retired from the Navy in 2011 after 20 years. Started off life as a Sonar Technician (Surface) and a little bit past the 10 year mark cross-rated to Master-at-Arms and retired as such.

Currently work for the DoN and most recently returned from Afghanistan in support of SOCOM/CJSOTF with a program called MTRC. Had a great time, met a lot of really good guys and loved the work.
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Old 20 April 2015, 10:18
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Hey folks,

7 years Air Force comms after being determined colorblind at MEPS, terminating my eligibility for TACP. Currently at CENTCOM and look forward to becoming a part of the SOF community next year at Bragg.

Look forward to learning a lot here and hearing your stories, thanks.
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Old 20 April 2015, 11:47
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So, based on your bio, did you arrive at your chosen screen name? I ask because you and I both know that 'Pathfinder' is a unique skillset and title for those that have completed the course...

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I've been in the military for 16 years as of September. I enlisted in the U.S.M.C. in 1999 as an 0351 Anti-tank and Demolitions Assault-man. I was stationed at the MCAGTFTC in 29 Palms, CA with I. Co 3rd Bn 7th MAR. for 4 years. EAS'd in 2003 after the invasion. Was re-called to active duty in 2004 and served with C. Co 1st Bn 23rd MAR. EAS'd a second time and the enlisted in the Army in 2006 as an 11B infantryman with 1st Sqdn 32nd Cavalry RSTA at Fort Cambell, KY. in 2010 I was accepted into Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, AL. where I attended flight school and became a 152H0 AH-64 D Longbow pilot. PCS'd to Korea to serve with C. Co 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion 2nd CAB. for 16 mos. and in 2012 attended the Instructor Pilot course enroute to my current duty station Fort Carson where I serve with B. Co 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion 4th CAB.
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Old 20 April 2015, 11:50
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We may know each other in passing; Get over to the Ranger Regiment Forum and get vetted.

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I see introductions are needed. Recently retired military Army officer. Enlisted at 17 in 1977 and went 11B then over to 2/75th Rangers pre-regiment. ETS'd into reserves to go to college and ROTC. Was assigned to 12th SF GP during that period and after commission finished college and from there spent a lot of time between active and reserve components in to many assignments to list or even remember. Majority of my time was spent in Spec Ops or Line units. Was lucky to avoid to much staff time. Amazed how when I went in there were very few operators and then over the past 10 years seeing it explode. 2 seal teams, 1 force recon, 2 undersized Ranger Bn's and 3 undersized SF GP's. That was it. Small community and no Seal 6 and Delta was just getting headway. Times do change. I did find though standards dropped when they expanded Spec Ops. Back then you sneezed wrong you were terminated.
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Old 20 April 2015, 11:52
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Where are you in TN? Neat the Ft Campbell area?

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Glad to have been accepted into the site. Guess it can be said that I'm one of the old farts. Have a total of 32 years with the military.

Started in 1960 with the Marine Corps. My first assignment was with 2d Recon BN after ITR. Asked how I got there and was told "You passed the swim test didn't you". This was back when Recon started reorganizing in 58 and they were filling up the BN. Later served with B, 3d Recon. This being before Vietnam the company was stationed in Hawaii and never saw their main BN until Nam. Hawaii then was considered an overseas tour. Finished the Corps assigned to Force at Lejeune.

Switched to Army because they couldn't guarantee I could stay Recon. Joined the Army as an 11B but given an 11C when assigned to the Davy Crockett Weapons system. Do a web site check on this weapon system. Government still hasn't said what happened to it. Take your guesses.

Gave the Army 16 years. 2 Tours to Nam, Drill Sgt at Ft. Dix, Recruiter, Airborne Units, etc. Did time in Germany and Korea.

Gave TN State Guard 12 years.
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Old 20 April 2015, 13:05
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Hello,
just retired from the army a few months ago as an 18Z. Graduated Q course '97. I was stationed at Ft Bragg, Eglin and Key West. Thanks
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Old 20 April 2015, 13:07
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Good Afternoon from DE-E-E-P in southeast Texas!

I'm an IT professional and somewhat of an amateur military historian. I did not serve in any way, but have had many family members serve across all branches (currently a cousin is active duty aboard the USS Carl Vinson) and the rest are retired from the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. Looking forward to hearing stories and learning as much as I possibly can. Cheers!
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Old 20 April 2015, 13:24
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Thanks for allowing me on this site! I have no military background myself but many family members served. My stepfather recently lost his battle to cancer. He was a West Point graduate class of 70. He retired a few years back as a Colonel. At his funeral there were several of his class mates and the way they carried themselves during the ceremony was very heartwarming. It makes me wish I could go back in time and do things differently. The bond that was shared by my step father and his military brothers was incredible and I'm glad I got to be a small part of it. God bless all our troops and thanks so very much for your service!
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Old 20 April 2015, 16:00
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Putting out obligatory intro post...

Navy Intelligence Specialist, Ground/NSW/VBSS/MIO HUMINT
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Old 20 April 2015, 18:21
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Thank you for having me

I'm 28 years old and I served in the Army from 2005 to 2010 as a 35M (Human Intelligence Collector). I was stationed at Fort Hood (more specifically West Fort Hood) and did two tours to Iraq; one in 2007 and the other in 2009. I had the privilege of working with a Joint Task Force in 2007, and again during the second half of my deployment in 2009. When at Fort Hood I was part of A co 303rd MI Bn, which is part of the 504 BFSB (formerly the 504th MI BDE).

I was honorably discharged in 2010 and tried my hand at college. I found that I missed the Army and to this day have recurring dreams about re enlisting and trying my hand at Special Forces. The ball is rolling for me to sign the dotted line again as an 18X.

The information gained from this site is extremely helpful and I appreciate the time you gentlemen take to help out. Thank you for having me.
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Old 20 April 2015, 21:39
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So, based on your bio, did you arrive at your chosen screen name? I ask because you and I both know that 'Pathfinder' is a unique skillset and title for those that have completed the course...
Yes I currently hold the F7 identifier. I attended the course back in 2009 while I was an instructor at THE Sabalauski Air Assault School.
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Old 20 April 2015, 22:41
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Yes I currently hold the F7 identifier. I attended the course back in 2009 while I was an instructor at THE Sabalauski Air Assault School.
Good enough. BTW you wouldn't know a Kenneth Rudo, would you? Former 11B in No Slack now an Apache pilot...

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Old 21 April 2015, 10:49
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Good enough. BTW you wouldn't know a Kenneth Rudo, would you? Former 11B in No Slack now an Apache pilot...

Welcome!
Actually I do. We went to BNCOC together back in 2007. Good dude.
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Old 22 April 2015, 09:56
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Thank you to the leadership of this site for the opportunity to sit in the corner and speak less and listen/read more. Thank you to the BTDT’s for “Handling Business!”
I was in the Navy from 1991 – 1999 and I held the rate of Aviation Electronics Technician (AT). I had the opportunity to do some pretty cool stuff (to me at least) and visit quite a few countries. Singapore and Panama being my two most favorite places that I could feasibly return to for a visit. Diego Garcia was my favorite place as a guy that loves the outdoors, water, and fishing. It was awesome waking up and opening the front door of my room and literally taking 20 paces and casting a line in the ocean and chill under a coconut tree in the sand.
After my Navy days my main goal was to get an education which I did and I work in the Information Technology sector keeping things running at a small company just north of Atlanta GA up I75.
My interests include pretty much anything outdoors related and the associated hardware to go along with it. I really enjoy diving and dive as much as my schedule will allow (which isn’t nearly enough) and I’ll dive in just about anything that is deep enough from rock quarries, creeks, rivers, ponds, ocean, gulf…doesn’t matter to me really. Spearfishing is also very high on the agenda.
Again, thank you for the opportunity.
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Old 23 April 2015, 11:57
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Hello.
I'm a civilian. I'm always reading everything I can on counterinsurgency, guerrilla warfare, foreign politics, news, terrorism, technology, as well as listening to intelligence and military analyst lectures. I run up and down hills listening to Kilcullen's audiobooks.
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Old 23 April 2015, 14:52
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Old 24 April 2015, 06:39
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Old 24 April 2015, 20:10
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Hello all! I'm a former Army MP (978 MPCO) from 1997-2000 and contracting Vet. AFG, IQ, Bosnia and Kosovo. I haven't been on here in years, so I'm re-introducing myself again.
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