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Aloha,

So @Kalvothe and I both served in the US Navy, furthermore other members of the NA World of Warships team have also, however, I will let them tell you their story.

This post is purely to ask the question from our amazing community who has served or currently serves in the armed forces. Before I even begin to tell you my story, I just wanted to say thank you to each and every single one of you for your service, remember that the NA Community consists of FAR more than United States Armed Forces! 

I am a retired Chief Firecontrolman, I served in the US Navy for over 20 yrs on board the USS John Young, USS Lake Champlain, USS Bataan, USS Boxer and USS New Orleans. I completed 10 deployments and one long year in Iraq before trying to figure out what this whole civilian life thing is about....

Two pictures for you, one near the beginning of my career, when I was a more, um, aerodynamic Hapa and the other near the end when I was more... comfortable.

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US Air Force 1977 - 1981.

Edit: forgot the where I was part. RAF Mildenhall, England, Altus AFB OK, and finally McChord AFB WA

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US Navy, Machinists' Mate, 1990-95, served aboard the USS Belleau Wood in A Division maintaining Weapons, Aircraft and Cargo elevators.

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First thank you all for your service, we wouldn't be here without you.

USMC 1965-1971, RSVN one tour 1966-1968 with L/3/3...ooorah!

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Gulf Port Mississippi Phillipines,Guam,Spain,Crete and Desert Storm/Desert Shield

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US Navy - 2013-present (active duty).
 

Surface Warfare Officer, USS Fort McHenry and USS New York, currently enjoying shore duty in Virginia Beach. 
 

Thank you all for your service and doing things like this!

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In the forums you met a lot of people... I met a young guy who when I met him, was just going through the recruting and MEPS phase of his long journey.

He past Basic

HE went to his school

  • A year later, he was still in school.

He should be at his command by now... Frankly, he has done more then all of us here... Now, he is rated as an EM.

When you see @Komrade_Rylo, Wish him all the best... Hopefully, he will enjoy active duty just as those who came before him...

Wishing you luck big guy...

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2 hours ago, Hapa_Fodder said:

Aloha,

So @Kalvothe and I both served in the US Navy, furthermore other members of the NA World of Warships team have also, however, I will let them tell you their story.

This post is purely to ask the question from our amazing community who has served or currently serves in the armed forces. Before I even begin to tell you my story, I just wanted to say thank you to each and every single one of you for your service, remember that the NA Community consists of FAR more than United States Armed Forces! 

I am a retired Chief Firecontrolman, I served in the US Navy for over 20 yrs on board the USS John Young, USS Lake Champlain, USS Bataan, USS Boxer and USS New Orleans. I completed 10 deployments and one long year in Iraq before trying to figure out what this whole civilian life thing is about....

Two pictures for you, one near the beginning of my career, when I was a more, um, aerodynamic Hapa and the other near the end when I was more... comfortable.

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@Hapa_Fodder what is that thing you are with? Looks like something potentially fun to play with. And what does the caution sign beside you say? Since posting this thread I have been sitting here thinking about these things so decided to ask.

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11 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

@Hapa_Fodder what is that thing you are with? Looks like something potentially fun to play with. And what does the caution sign beside you say? Since posting this thread I have been sitting here thinking about these things so decided to ask.

That is the ammunition drum for the CIWS (Close in Weapon System) I worked on. Loaded with dummy ammunition though.

-Hapa

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I had the great privilege and honor to have served in the U.S. Navy's Submarine Force. Served from 1980 retiring, under an early retirement program (TERA), in 1998. Fire Control Technician 1st Class, Submarines (FTG1/SS).  Sea tours; USS Frank Cable (AS40), USS Seahorse (SSN 669),  USS Flasher (SSN 613) and USS San Juan (SSN 751).  Shore duty: Submarine School New London, Naval Submarine Support Facility.

“Life is easy. You’re either qualified or you’re not!”  ~ Anonymous

"Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile... can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, I served in the United States Navy.”  ~ President J. F. Kennedy, August 1, 1963 to the US Naval Academy graduating class.

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US Army 2004-2010

Satcom with 3rd ID. OIF III and V. 

My career was straightforward. BCT > AIT > Georgia > Iraq > Georgia > Iraq > Georgia > straight back to my blessed land of Texas. :)

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Russian Ground Forces, 26th missile brigade, 2005. Although I didn't get to operate any Iskanders and had no deployments, God forbid.

My service to Motherland was limited to boring military finance, which was 100% paper-based, old school.

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Served in the US Submarine force from 1996 till 2006. USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), COMSUBDEVRON 5 (DSRV / Submarine Search and Rescue), and finished on USS Dolphin (AGSS 555). 

PS. Surface ship to submarine conversion kits are available, 1.1 mil each. Even works under ice! /grin

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Active US Navy (2019-Present). 

Rated FC, NEC is TTWCS Operation and Maintenance - Tomahawk. Currently just a Seaman Apprentice. 

Attending C school at Dam Neck, VA. Headed to DDG74 USS McFaul. 

I can answer questions too.

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Other things you can expect to see as a student in A school at Great Mistakes

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I'll leave you guys to guess how this got there

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US Army, 2006-2012, did nothing of any note except being a not very good infantryman, but for a nerdy, out-of-shape Asian kid, I am still proud that I could meet the combat arms standard, even if that does sorta require you to remember that if the minimum wasn't good enough, it wouldn't be the minimum...

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To all who have posted and those that have not, yet did serve:

THANK YOU

I started my service in May of 1984 as a Jet Engine Mechanic on A-10s in the Air Force.  Later I became a Crew Chief on A-10s.  Served at Semboch AB in Germany and rebuilt engines for the A-10s in Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  Later I became a Propulsion Technician on C-130s (hence the name).  Deployments included Howard AB, Panama, Ramstein AB, Germany, and four rotations for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

I retired in September of 2006.

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USS Guam (LPH-9)/HMM-261. 1983-84.  Grenada Invasion.  Beirut, Lebanon.  Multi-national Peacekeeping Force.  I worked in the AIMD every other night and flew Air Crew, manning a Maw Deuce in a CH-46 Sea Knight every day.  36 on, 12 off.

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This was my ride!

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I also spent some time on USS Nassau (LHA-4) in 1985.

I am proud to have been a part of Ship's Company as well as my Marine squadron.

Semper Fi.

 

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