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Jun 27, 2012

War of 1812 / Vietnam

Got this from a friend.  A tall tale but funny.

Subject:  My Veteran's Cap . . .
Yesterday, I wore it when I went to Walmart. There was nothing in particular that I needed at the world's largest retailer; but, since I retired, trips to Wally World to look at the Walmartians is always good
for some comic relief. Besides, I always feel pretty normal after seeing some of the people that frequent the establishment. But, I digress...enough of my psychological fixations.

While standing in line to check out, the guy in front of me, probably in his early thirties, asked, "Are you a Viet Nam Vet?"
"No," I replied.
"Then why are you wearing that cap?"
"Because I couldn't find the one from the War of 1812."
I thought it was a snappy retort.
"The War of 1812, huh?" the Walmartian queried, "When was that?"
God forgive me, but I couldn't pass up such an opportunity.
"1936," I answered as straight-faced as possible.
He pondered my response for a moment and responded, "Why do they call it the War of 1812 if it was in 1936?"
"It was a Black Op. No one is supposed to know about it."

This was beginning to be way fun!
"Dude!  Really?" he exclaimed. "How did you get to do something that COOOOL?"
I glanced furtively around me for effect, leaned toward the guy and in a low voice said, "I'm not sure. I was the only Caucasian on the mission."

"Dude," he was really getting excited about what he was hearing, "that is seriously awesome! But, didn't you kind of stand out?"
"Not really. The other guys were wearing white camouflage."
The moron nodded knowingly.

"Listen man," I said in a very serious tone, "You can't tell anyone about this. It's still 'top secret' and I shouldn't have said anything."
"Oh yeah?" he gave me the 'don't threaten me look.'
"Like, what's gonna happen if I do?"
With a really hard look I said, "You have a family don't you? We wouldn't want anything to happen to them, would we?"

The guy gulped, left his basket where it was and fled through the door. By this time the lady behind me was about to have a heart attack she was laughing so hard. I just grinned at her.
After checking out and going to the parking lot I saw Dimwit leaning in a car window talking to a young woman. Upon catching sight of me he started pointing excitedly in my direction. Giving him another 'deadly' serious look, I made the 'I see you' gesture . He turned kind of pale, jumped in the car and sped out of
the parking lot.
What a great time!
Tomorrow I'm going back with my Homeland Security cap.
Whoever said retirement is boring just needs the right kind of cap! 

Jun 19, 2012

Senior Airman Polly-Jan Bobseine

"Senior Airman Polly-Jan Bobseine is  a Journeyman in the 823rd Security Forces Squadron stationed at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.  The Air Force named Bobseine "Outstanding Airman of the Year" along with 11 other non-commissioned officers in 2006.   Bobseine's biography says that she served in Iraq."

Bobseine was deployed in Iraq for 187 days of high-risk operations.  Her bio says, "Airman Bobseine discovered an improvised explosive device at an Iraqi polling center and quickly evacuated and secured the area for explosive ordnance disposal teams. While at Kirkuk AB, she was selectively chosen for off-base operations and conducted more than 100 combat patrols covering 63 square miles. She executed 12 traffic control points, providing critical weapons trafficking deterrent. Her patrol discovered a large munitions cache and provided security for EOD demolition."  

Jun 3, 2012

Plan For Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

We are spending a few days at Fort McCoy Wisconsin on a Marine Reunion. The plan for the base is very interesting - in the shape of a very large triangle.  The plan became a symbol for the base.

The aerial photo below shows the layout. It is quite confusing, and once again shows that a deviation from a simple grid plan is interesting, but hard to understand on the ground.,_Wisconsin

Fort McCoy MWCS-48

Marine MSgt Ed Grabrenya, MGSgt Dennis Herring and CWO-5 Bob Dart at a mini reunion at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

Ed Gabrenya and Dennis Herring

Bob Dart

Craig Hullinger

We had a nice mini reunion at Fort McCoy. As we sat around our campfire we listened to the fire of the nearby 50 Cal Machine Gun.  The sound of freedom (or mayhem, depending on your location.) They kept firing much of the night.

Hueys and Cobras

Hueys and Cobra Helicopters at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The Cobra is the narrow gunship, while the Huey is a transport helo. Both aircraft share many of the same parts.  Both the Army and Marines used these in Vietnam.  The Army has retired all these aircraft, while they are still the main small helicopters for the Marine Corps.

Half Track

Three soldiers from my father's unit were killed in a half track like this when they fought an enemy aircraft.

Thanks for the Tanks at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

Grozny and the Russian Bear

Images of Grozny as sections of the city appear in the aftermath of the First and Second Chechen (2000) Wars. 

Images from my favorite military blog