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Old 20 January 2010, 19:44
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Good Day all. My name is Matthew a little bit about myself I grew up in the northern part of the USA and lived both in Michigan and Canada (My Parebst shared me) Joined the Marine Corps after a short stint in college. Joined 2nd Bn 1st Marines in 2004 and got out in 2008. While on Terminal Leave I accepted a contract to go back to Iraq and have been doing it since then.

I understand many on here far exceed my qualifications and I am willing to climb the ladder and learn as much as I can along the way and I appreciate all the input thus far and will continue to learn from this plethora of knowledge...
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Old 21 January 2010, 10:05
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Good morning SOCNET

Hi,
New to the site, retired in 2004 after 21 years of active/reserve. Looking to reconnect with old SF buddies, and just browse. I served my SF time with A Company 2/19th SFG(A) (RI Army National Guard) I served on several teams so no need to list them 1990-2004 before that I was in the Marine Corps....My MOS's were 18C, 18F and 18Z A few deployments were Haiti 1995 and Kosovo 2000 and 2003.

Side note I hate Poser's...if anyone needs to validate me call A Company in Middletown RI to confirm

Kenny "Knuckles" Mellor
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Old 21 January 2010, 15:37
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Thanks for having me onboard, I look foreward to possible networking,, and maybe running into some guys that may have served in panama around 88-91 or better yet..the 5th./87th. light infantry reg. so get on the hooch bus and let me know!
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Old 21 January 2010, 16:11
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Good Day,

Over the last few years I've found myself referencing this site and as of lately I wanted to glance at some profiles so lurking led to membership in my situation.

My background is nothing flashy, been USN for about ten years, changed jobs last year, was a N3 watch floor guy but became a N2 radio guy. I've also done some INFO SEC over the years and was lucky enough to speak at Conf in Vegas. Still Active Duty
and looking for the right job with the right people.

Never had any connection with the SOF crowd with the exception of working for a gent by the name of CAPT Hansen at COMPACFLT. I still remember seeing this "full bird" coming into work (12hr Mid Shifts) in his cammies, de-bloused about two hours into it, and running no sh*t PT sessions on the watch floor all while at anytime knowing everything that was going on (not to mention he had to be 50 or so and would run 5-10 mile with anyone who was interested)... learned a lot from his character he was a real leader.

Anyhow until next time.

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Old 22 January 2010, 02:20
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Intro.

My apologies for not introducing myself first. My name is Manny, my background is in the Medical field for the last 16 years. I have several family members in the US NAVY and one in MARSOC. I have great respect for the NAVY, but was unable to pass OCS/MEPS due to a back injury. I still support all branches of the Armed Forces to this day.
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Old 22 January 2010, 11:32
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Afternoon,
First of all thank you for giving me the oppurtunity to participate on these forums. I went to college to be an accountant for 2 years; until realized that wasn't what I wanted to do. I am currently signed on to be an intel analyst(35F) in the U.S. Army and leave Jan. 27 for bct at Fort Jackson. My intentions here are to absorb the information the members have to offer.
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Old 22 January 2010, 14:21
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Hello all

I am an Army National Guard NCO. Duty MOS is 11B. I have 1 deployment to OIF III (2004-2005). I am just a decent Squad Leader with no special schools and no tabs. I logged onto this site because oneof my Soldiers was conned by a man claiming to be a Major in the Air Force. I noticed this same person was outed on this site and I came here to provide additional details.

Best of luck to all.
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Old 23 January 2010, 11:53
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A very long time lurker...

I am a former United Nations Close Protection Officer, Peacekeeper, and Field Security Officer. I just completed my last contract with the United Nations at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East serving in the Gaza Strip (Occupied Palestinian Territory) as a Field Close Protection Officer.

With over sixteen years of field service I have “worked” missions/operations/responses in over 85 countries to date… sadly most were not the travel spots of the world! More like the arm pits of the world that is…

No active military duty service. I did attend USMC OCS Platoon Leaders Class and Villanova University NROTC but did not accept my reserve officer commission. I graduated early from university and had to work to pay off some hefty bills incurred by being a student. Got real lucky and took a protection job in India… the rest is history.

A proud graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy & College.
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Old 23 January 2010, 14:14
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Hey all,
I'm former Navy (89-93), served aboard the USS Richmond K Turner, CG20 during the Gulf War. Got out and have been a police officer for over a decade. I'm looking to do some contract work and have apps in with several different companies. My buddy, a former US Marine, told me about this site. I'm excited to gather some good information from former expats.
Thanks all.
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Old 23 January 2010, 16:07
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I'm a retired Navy Chief IDC Corpsman living in LA and not looking very hard for a job since there ain't much out there. I spent about half of my time in the fleet and half with the Marines.

Damn glad to be here.
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Old 23 January 2010, 18:23
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Pleased to meet you.

U.S. Marine 0331 machine gunner originally then 0317/8541 scout-sniper. its not SOF but i'll just keep my mouth shut and eyes open. Thanks for having me.
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Old 24 January 2010, 11:10
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Hello all,
Canadian forces for 20 years and not one behind a desk, just dropping in...
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Old 24 January 2010, 14:55
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A very long time lurker...

I am a former United Nations Close Protection Officer, Peacekeeper, and Field Security Officer. I just completed my last contract with the United Nations at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East serving in the Gaza Strip (Occupied Palestinian Territory) as a Field Close Protection Officer.

With over sixteen years of field service I have “worked” missions/operations/responses in over 85 countries to date… sadly most were not the travel spots of the world! More like the arm pits of the world that is…

No active military duty service. I did attend USMC OCS Platoon Leaders Class and Villanova University NROTC but did not accept my reserve officer commission. I graduated early from university and had to work to pay off some hefty bills incurred by being a student. Got real lucky and took a protection job in India… the rest is history.

A proud graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy & College.
Hey Ricochet, "Occupied Palestinian Territory" implies that there was at one time a sovereign entity called Palestine that is now "occupied". Never happened.
You need to learn a bit about International law (not at all surprising from a former UN employee).
Just as in the "West Bank", Gaza was never occupied.....it is legally "disputed territory", as prior to Israel's taking it in 1967 it had been illegally held by Egypt, much like Jordan's illegal occupation of Yehuda and Shomron (West Bank) from '48 to '67.
"Occupied Territories" has always been an ignorant and misleading misnomer.
One more thing.....just who is it that is "occupying" Gaza anyway?
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Old 25 January 2010, 01:29
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Hello brothers; I am Eric, retired LVMPD Detective, negotiator and tactical medic. I served USAF in Aerospace Crash, Fire & Rescue and then went on to serve the Israeli Defense Force as a Pararescueman in unit 669 for the Lebanon War, West Bank and recent Gaza War and still an active reservist with my unit as a Sergeant Major. After I served with the FAM serives as an Agent and Kosovo as a Director. Now working full time for a fortune 500 corporation in Aviation Security/Safety and Tactical Medicine.
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Old 25 January 2010, 07:09
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Intro

I enlisted in U.S. Army in 1999 for 4 years (I was with 6-52 ADA in Ansbach, Germany as an Admin Specialist, 71L), ETS'd, went to school, rec'd my BA, went to OCS in early 2007 and branched Finance. I'm currently assigned to the RMO at 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out in FT Carson. I went to Airborne School in MAR 08. I deployed with 10th Group as soon as I returned from Benning. In early 2009, I came down on a year-long WIAS tasker. As a result, I'm sitting in Baghdad, Iraq right now. The good news is that I'm ~7 months into the deployment now. It's all down hill from here! I can ALMOST see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been reading all sort of great info on the site and figured I should register. Thank you for the access.

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Old 25 January 2010, 11:39
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Hey Ricochet, "Occupied Palestinian Territory" implies that there was at one time a sovereign entity called Palestine that is now "occupied". Never happened.
You need to learn a bit about International law (not at all surprising from a former UN employee).
Just as in the "West Bank", Gaza was never occupied.....it is legally "disputed territory", as prior to Israel's taking it in 1967 it had been illegally held by Egypt, much like Jordan's illegal occupation of Yehuda and Shomron (West Bank) from '48 to '67.
"Occupied Territories" has always been an ignorant and misleading misnomer.
One more thing.....just who is it that is "occupying" Gaza anyway?

Shalom my friend... it was only an intro and was not meant as an insult or as my professing a chosen side in the affair.

I am fairly apolitical and unbiased by nature... I have had to be to survive most my missions and duties. Being a peacekeeper means being always stuck in the middle (having to be an impartial observer) in some incredibly confusing and disturbing conflicts protecting staff, women, children, and those who can no longer protect themselves.

Ask yourself one question: “Why was he in Gaza for?” It sure wasn’t protecting UN staff from law-abiding Israelis and/or the IDF I tell you that!

I would be the first to admit that it was god awful to work and live in Gaza (not as bad as Africa mind you) but it was still a nightmarish hell… day in and day out. And I was always relieved to exit Gaza passing through Erez… my heart rate would drop back to a normal level… I would smile again as your fellow countrymen were there to say that they were so happy to see me in one piece yet again and that they were sorry that I had to work there.

Being a Close Protection Officer in the UN is no cake walk either... unlike the rest of DSS and UN Field Security we are viewed as a "necessary evil" by many UN staff… we are a costly expense and are reminded of it everyday of our working lives… it sucks monkey balls but that is how it is. But I do and did get the satisfaction of knowing that they needed me because diplomacy, humanitarian efforts, liberalism, talking things out, communication, etc. can and does fail from time to time!

So please do not label me so quickly… as I bet I can “learn” you a thing or two as well as you can me. So again peace man and be assured that I am a fellow brother in arms just making an honest living as best as I can. Anyhow, I pretty much think everyone sucks these days!!!


Now in response to your comments with some constructive reflection:

Diplomacy has been my playground for years now so I am not so wet behind the ears or as ignorant as you so care to believe I am… and with little or no evidence of my character, personality, or actions as a man. Come on now.

International law, foreign affairs, and diplomacy in general is a very gray area… down right confusing, conflicting, problematic, and seemingly counterproductive at times… hence the reasons we have wars, conflicts, disputes, etc.

That being said the international community has coined and uses OPT (singular mind you... not plural as in territories)... I am sorry but I didn't come up with the name... you can thank Tony Blair, the Oslo Accords, and many others for that! I know and understand that many Israelis object to and are disturbed by it but that is what it is called in many (I know not all) diplomatic circles and not just by the UN alone but officially by the EU, the British Government, the International Red Cross, the ICJ, etc. Hell, there are those that want us to call it: “the disputed territories” or “Israeli-occupied territories” or even “Occupied Palestine”. Go figure; f’ing confusing!


BTW: In my unimportant and irrelevant opinion the Strip is currently occupied (kidnapped) by Hamas, fundamental extremists/terrorists… but I had to work with and respect them (or at least pretend to) everyday wither I liked it or not, aside from all my own religious or moral beliefs, because my life, the lives of my teammates, and the lives of our principals warranted and depended on it.
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Old 25 January 2010, 12:11
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Thanks for the response Ricochet, and I apologize for jumping you on your introductory post. My experiences with UN "Peacekeepers" have left me with a serious disdain for the subspecies, and I admit to ownership of a preconceived bias with regards to what I believe to be one of the more despicable organizations on the face of the earth.......the UN.
UNRWA (don't get me started), occupied Gaza, the UN..........yeah, I guess you could say some of my buttons were pushed.

The fact that, as you mentioned, it's referred to as occupied territories "not just by the UN alone but officially by the EU, the British Government, the International Red Cross, the ICJ, etc" hardly justifies a thing for me, as each and every one of those outfits have proven time and time again to hold an aggressively anti-Israel agenda.

Anyway, thanks again for your response, and stay safe.
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Old 25 January 2010, 15:45
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I am here to help ensure that military HQs and defense contractors are listening to and acting on operator real world issues.
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Old 25 January 2010, 16:56
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I am here to help ensure that military HQs and defense contractors are listening to and acting on operator real world issues.
How, pray tell, do you propose to do that?

You might want to introduce yourself along with your motivation to be here.

You list your location as "Tennessee" but your job was in CENTCOM- I didn't know that CENTCOM had an office in TN...I could have sworn it was in Tampa...

FWIW, I'm a nobody here but it will be a better experience for you if you comply with the site's rules...
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Old 25 January 2010, 17:58
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Yes, CENTCOM, yes, TN

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How, pray tell, do you propose to do that?

You might want to introduce yourself along with your motivation to be here.

You list your location as "Tennessee" but your job was in CENTCOM- I didn't know that CENTCOM had an office in TN...I could have sworn it was in Tampa...

FWIW, I'm a nobody here but it will be a better experience for you if you comply with the site's rules...
If you noticed in my profile it has Army Reservist after CENTCOM, and yes I live in TN and yes I go do my work with CENTCOM. My civilian HQ is in MA and AZ - welcome to the virtual/remote world.

I work towards understanding the OPCON of all the unit types we support and that I provide communications equipment to in my civilian job to update policies and equipment. My motivation is to better grasp the operational nuances that your different forces require. As all of you can attest, you can have the best equipment in the world but if it does not meet your TTPs and you can not interoperate with it then it is useless crap. I will never claim to be a BTDT, but with my military experience, my engineering capabilities, and what I gleen from this renowned community I hope to bring better capabilities to the future forces.

I hope this better clarifies my introduction and motivation.
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