my latest news, and request best place to ride

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Merlin, Feb 24, 2004.

  1. Merlin

    Merlin Guest

    "Stephen Baker" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Travis says:
    >
    > >>Congrats on the job. Try to stay out of the hot spots.
    > >
    > >IME, the deffinition of "hot" is different in the south than in New
    England.
    >
    > Was referring to militarily "hot" spots, Trav. ;-)
    >
    > Steve

    well, if just riding along is a great rush, why not do it while being fired upon while riding
    through a mine field? ;-)

    hey, I may be slow, but that's because I have sat on my ass for far too long and my mind has slowed
    down (yes, I know. I left that one wide open. bring it on :p ).

    ~Travis
     


  2. Kathleen

    Kathleen Guest

    Merlin wrote:
    > hey, guess who. it's me, technician/travis/richard.
    >
    > i still don't have internet back (using a library computer, hence the google account).
    >
    > I just thought i would post about my latest news. I got a job :)
    >
    > I got accepted by the US Army (apparenly, after a few years, my medical file got tossed ;-)
    >
    > my job title is "OH-58D armament/electrical/avionics systems reparer", and as such, i will also be
    > a copilot. i leave march 3rd.
    >
    > so, my question to you folks is, based on the info @ http://www.army.mil/installations/Map.htm
    > , where would be the best station for biking (i have to list 3 choices before leaving for
    > basic)? note, as far as i know, it has to be an army base (nothing in parentheses). and no,
    > fort levenworth isn't really an option (not really a fort you select to go to, if you know what
    > i mean).
    >
    > i have no strict preferance, so i am pretty much open.

    Study this. It will put you ahead of the game.

    http://www.avalanchetankers.us/archives/000058.html

    Kathleen
     
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Guest

    "Kathleen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Merlin wrote:
    > > hey, guess who. it's me, technician/travis/richard.
    > >
    > > i still don't have internet back (using a library computer, hence the google account).
    > >
    > > I just thought i would post about my latest news. I got a job :)
    > >
    > > I got accepted by the US Army (apparenly, after a few years, my medical file got tossed ;-)
    > >
    > > my job title is "OH-58D armament/electrical/avionics systems reparer", and as such, i will also
    > > be a copilot. i leave march 3rd.
    > >
    > > so, my question to you folks is, based on the info @ http://www.army.mil/installations/Map.htm ,
    > > where would be the best station for biking (i have to list 3 choices before leaving for basic)?
    > > note, as far as i know, it has to be an army base (nothing in parentheses). and no, fort
    > > levenworth isn't really an option (not really a fort you select to go to, if you know what i
    > > mean).
    > >
    > > i have no strict preferance, so i am pretty much open.
    >
    >
    > Study this. It will put you ahead of the game.
    >
    > http://www.avalanchetankers.us/archives/000058.html
    >
    > Kathleen
    >

    LMAO, got down to 30 and knew I had to print that out for later completion.

    very nice, thanks.

    ~Travis
     
  4. Supabonbon

    Supabonbon Guest

    [email protected] (Merlin) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > hey, guess who. it's me, technician/travis/richard.
    >
    > i still don't have internet back (using a library computer, hence the google account).
    >
    > I just thought i would post about my latest news. I got a job :)
    >
    > I got accepted by the US Army (apparenly, after a few years, my medical file got tossed ;-)
    >
    > my job title is "OH-58D armament/electrical/avionics systems reparer", and as such, i will also be
    > a copilot. i leave march 3rd.
    >
    > so, my question to you folks is, based on the info @ http://www.army.mil/installations/Map.htm
    > , where would be the best station for biking (i have to list 3 choices before leaving for
    > basic)? note, as far as i know, it has to be an army base (nothing in parentheses). and no,
    > fort levenworth isn't really an option (not really a fort you select to go to, if you know what
    > i mean).
    >
    > i have no strict preferance, so i am pretty much open.
    >
    > ~Travis

    Hey Travis, Good for you! Fort Monmouth in NJ is near Hartshorne and a bunch of other good riding
    places. Plus it's on the beach. /s
     
  5. Pete

    Pete Guest

    "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote
    > >
    > it is 15J, and i was told by my recruiter that i will be the crew chief,
    and
    > the crew chief is the copilot.

    Do NOT listen to the recruiter on this! They WILL blow smoke up your ass.

    Having said that... (IANAAHMS) 15J is, as we said, is Armament/Avionics/Electrics.

    from goarmy.com... "The Aircraft Armament/Missile Systems Repairer is primarily responsible for
    performing maintenance on the electrical, electronic, mechanical and pneudraulics systems associated
    with aircraft armament, missile and fire control systems."

    i.e., the specialist in charge of weapons, avionics, and the electricals thereof. Quite similar to
    my old USAF job, 2W0.

    The 15S MOS (OH-58D Helicopter Repairer) is more of the crew chief slot.

    Neither of these are " Kiowa copilot". That entails a MUCH more rigorous training schedule. Survival
    school, E&E, among others. 27 weeks of AIT ain't getting you to a flying status slot.

    This is not to say you won't get the ocassional ride. But it is not your primary job. Fixing
    aircraft is. Which is not a bad job. And DEFINATELY better than no job.

    > >
    >
    > as far as i have been told, they have a kiowa at every base.

    Doubtful. Just like there aren't F-16's at every AFB, or F-18's at every Navy base. Choose wisely,
    grasshopper.

    Investigate! You are the only one who will be affected...find out for yourself, instead of what the
    recruiter tells you. He is only trying to do his job....getting you to sign on the dotted line.

    Of course, I could be totally wrong, and Army av maintenance is completely different from Navy
    and USAF. Your recruiter could be a totally honest person, and has told you the complete and
    absolute truth.

    "Kiowas are at every base" "Weapons mechanics are also copilots" "27 weeks of AIT is enough time to
    go through all the required schools."

    Pete
     
  6. Pete

    Pete Guest

    "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > LMAO, got down to 30 and knew I had to print that out for later
    completion.
    >
    > very nice, thanks.

    Heed these. There is more truth in them than you might think.

    Pete
     
  7. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On 24 Feb 2004 07:54:05 -0800, [email protected] (Merlin) wrote:

    >hey, guess who. it's me, technician/travis/richard.

    hmmm?

    >
    >i still don't have internet back (using a library computer, hence the google account).
    >
    >I just thought i would post about my latest news. I got a job :)

    hmmm?
    >
    >I got accepted by the US Army (apparenly, after a few years, my medical file got tossed ;-)

    hmmm? Should I be worried? You're not taking any shooting classes are you ..... Pile?

    >
    >my job title is "OH-58D armament/electrical/avionics systems reparer", and as such, i will also be
    >a copilot. i leave march 3rd.
    >
    >so, my question to you folks is, based on the info @ http://www.army.mil/installations/Map.htm ,
    >where would be the best station for biking (i have to list 3 choices before leaving for basic)?
    >note, as far as i know, it has to be an army base (nothing in parentheses). and no, fort levenworth
    >isn't really an option (not really a fort you select to go to, if you know what i mean).

    hmmm? Germany?
    >
    >i have no strict preferance, so i am pretty much open.
    >
    >~Travis

    Peace and stay safe, Bill

    The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind should give
    an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  8. Bb

    Bb Guest

    On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 02:41:39 GMT, Pete wrote:
    > "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote
    >>
    >> LMAO, got down to 30 and knew I had to print that out for later
    > completion.
    >
    > Heed these. There is more truth in them than you might think.

    Lemme guess...especially:

    Must not tell any officer that I am smarter than they are, especially if it's true.

    ...note the word "especially" was used here!

    --
    -BB- To reply to me, drop the attitude (from my e-mail address, at least)
     
  9. Bb

    Bb Guest

    On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 02:06:06 GMT, Pete wrote:

    > Of course, I could be totally wrong, and Army av maintenance is completely different from Navy
    > and USAF. Your recruiter could be a totally honest person, and has told you the complete and
    > absolute truth.

    Recruiters are salesmen - they even have quotas, don't they? While being in sales doesn't
    intrinsically make one dishonest, there seems to be a nagging correlation there.I can guarantee
    you they couldn't give two shits whether the posts Travis gets on his list actually have a single
    Kiowa on them.

    10 minutes on Google, and we have a list of locations where the Kiowa is deployed: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/oh-58d-
    unit.htm

    Only 14 choices, if I count right. Most are easy to strike off the list.

    My choices would be: Wheeler, Oahu, Hawaii! Schweinfurt, Germany Fort Carson, Colorado

    Spending time in Europe would be extremely cool. Budingen would also be high up on the list.

    Have Possiblies: Fort Eustis, Virginia; Camp Owens, California. Maybe Fort Hood, TX.

    If you want to see where the rest are, watch the movie "Deliverance".

    --
    -BB- To reply to me, drop the attitude (from my e-mail address, at least)
     
  10. Pete

    Pete Guest

    "BB" <[email protected]> wrote
    > On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 02:06:06 GMT, Pete wrote:
    >
    > > Of course, I could be totally wrong, and Army av maintenance is
    completely
    > > different from Navy and USAF. Your recruiter could be a totally honest person, and has told you
    > > the complete and absolute truth.
    >
    > Recruiters are salesmen - they even have quotas, don't they?

    Recruiter performance is based on "How many did you sign up this month?" So yes...

    > While being in sales doesn't intrinsically make one dishonest, there seems to be a nagging
    > correlation there.I can guarantee you they couldn't give two shits whether the posts Travis gets
    > on his list actually have a single Kiowa on them.

    Exactly.

    >
    > 10 minutes on Google, and we have a list of locations where the Kiowa is deployed: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/oh-58d-
    > unit.htm
    >
    > Only 14 choices, if I count right. Most are easy to strike off the list.

    That's why I told him to investigate.

    > My choices would be: Wheeler, Oahu, Hawaii! Schweinfurt, Germany Fort Carson, Colorado
    >
    > Spending time in Europe would be extremely cool.

    It was/is. I did 11 yrs in Europe.

    >
    > Have Possiblies: Fort Eustis, Virginia; Camp Owens, California. Maybe Fort Hood, TX.
    >
    > If you want to see where the rest are, watch the movie "Deliverance".

    Well...it appears that he WILL see at least one of those. Ft. Rucker, Alabama, is where the Av
    school is. That probably means the maintenance school too.

    Pete
     
  11. R.White

    R.White Guest

    "G.T." <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Bob Rogers wrote:
    > > "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]...
    > >
    > >
    > >>I got accepted by the US Army (apparenly, after a few years, my medical file got tossed ;-)
    > >>~Travis
    > >
    > >
    > > Why does "Full Metal Jacket" come to mind. Well anyway, good luck "Pyle"...you will surely
    > > need it.
    > >
    > > PS

    > >
    >
    > It's rare that anybody agrees with Mr Rogers but in this case I'm sure there are several of us who
    > agree with that sentiment.

    It's even rarer that I would agree, but he does have a valid point.
     
  12. R.White

    R.White Guest

    "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > "Pete" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > >
    > > "Bob Rogers" <[email protected]> wrote
    > > >
    > > > Hey,
    > > >
    > > > I sincerely wish Travis all the best of luck in the world. It's not
    > fair
    > > > that anyone has to live with what is really a disability. That being
    > said,
    > > > you've got to wonder about ones fitness to serve the Uncle when he
    > wasn't
    > > > fit to serve the Colonel.
    > >
    > > I shall reserve comment on this aspect until and if we fail to see pics posted from Basic, or no
    > > later than AIT.
    > >
    > > Trav?
    >
    > can't bring a camera to basic. not sure about AIT. but, I will see about posting when I can (most
    > likely not until AIT) to let you all know I am still in the game.

    Wrong! You can sneak anything into basic training. If you're smart, you'll sneak in an instant
    camera and charge $5 to $10 a pic for the recruits to send home to momma. Been there, made
    about $300.
     
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Guest

    > hmmm? Should I be worried? You're not taking any shooting classes are you ..... Pile?

    everybody has to qualify on an M16.

    and with all the guns in my parents house, if I was gonna shoot myself, it would have already
    been done.

    ~Travis
     
  14. Merlin

    Merlin Guest

    "Pete" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:iwc%[email protected]...
    >
    > "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote
    > > >
    > > it is 15J, and i was told by my recruiter that i will be the crew chief,
    > and
    > > the crew chief is the copilot.
    >
    > Do NOT listen to the recruiter on this! They WILL blow smoke up your ass.

    perhaps (IOW, "most likely"), but my intention was to have contact with pilots so I could
    get references to enter the warrant officer flight program. if I was a copilot, it would be
    just a bonus.

    ~Travis
     
  15. Merlin

    Merlin Guest

    > > > I shall reserve comment on this aspect until and if we fail to see
    pics
    > > > posted from Basic, or no later than AIT.
    > > >
    > > > Trav?
    > >
    > > can't bring a camera to basic. not sure about AIT. but, I will see about posting when I can
    > > (most likely not until AIT) to let you all know I am still in the game.
    >
    > Wrong! You can sneak anything into basic training. If you're smart, you'll sneak in an instant
    > camera and charge $5 to $10 a pic for the recruits to send home to momma. Been there, made
    > about $300.

    right, but it has already been proven in this group that smart is something I am not. ;-)

    ~Travis
     
  16. Merlin

    Merlin Guest

    > 10 minutes on Google, and we have a list of locations where the Kiowa is
    > deployed:
    > http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/oh-58d-unit.htm
    >

    Hmm, good referance point... have to write that one down.

    > Only 14 choices, if I count right. Most are easy to strike off the list.
    >
    > My choices would be: Wheeler, Oahu, Hawaii! Schweinfurt, Germany Fort Carson, Colorado

    I have already been thinking of Fort Carson, but looking at the list, I have no idea what "3 ACR"
    stands for ("All Chick Reunion"? he he ;-). attack and calvary squads sound more interesting.

    Hawaii and Germany do look pretty interesting. so those two are top on my list. Fort carson is
    still penciled in at the bottom until I figure out what ACR is. next in line for the slot is
    Fort Hood, TX.

    I have decided to keep the state-side choices at the bottom of the list. for those that asked, "why
    in the US?", perhaps your right. maybe I need to get out of the country for a while. can't truly
    appreciate your own country until you have seen another one. and my short visit to New Brunswick
    Canada doesn't really count.

    ~Travis
     
  17. Merlin

    Merlin Guest

    > > Have Possiblies: Fort Eustis, Virginia; Camp Owens, California. Maybe Fort Hood, TX.
    > >
    > > If you want to see where the rest are, watch the movie "Deliverance".
    >
    > Well...it appears that he WILL see at least one of those. Ft. Rucker, Alabama, is where the Av
    > school is. That probably means the maintenance school too.

    AIT is at Fort Eustis.

    ~Travis
     
  18. Bob Rogers

    Bob Rogers Guest

    "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4f3acb11.04022[email protected]...
    > hey, guess who. it's me, technician/travis/richard. I just thought i would post about my latest
    > news. I got a job :)
    >
    > I got accepted by the US Army (apparenly, after a few years, my medical file got tossed ;-)
    >
    > my job title is "OH-58D armament/electrical/avionics systems reparer", and as such, i will also be
    > a copilot. i leave march 3rd.
    >
    > so, my question to you folks is, based on the info @ http://www.army.mil/installations/Map.htm
    > , where would be the best station for biking (i have to list 3 choices before leaving for
    > basic)? note, as far as i know, it has to be an army base (nothing in parentheses). and no,
    > fort levenworth isn't really an option (not really a fort you select to go to, if you know what
    > i mean).
    >
    > i have no strict preferance, so i am pretty much open.
    >
    > ~Travis

    I guess all the Military Spell Checker slots were full?
     
  19. Bob Rogers

    Bob Rogers Guest

    "Bill Wheeler" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >> >hey, guess who. it's me, technician/travis/richard.
    >
    > hmmm?
    >
    > >
    > >I got accepted by the US Army (apparenly, after a few years, my medical file got tossed ;-)
    >
    > hmmm? Should I be worried? You're not taking any shooting classes are you ..... Pile?
    >

    Gotta rent that move again!
     
  20. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    > "Shaun Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > berlin.de...
    > >
    > > "Merlin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]...
    > >
    > > <Snip>
    > >
    > > > my job title is "OH-58D armament/electrical/avionics systems reparer", and as such, i will
    > > > also be a copilot. i leave march 3rd.
    > >
    > > <snip>
    > >

    >
    > perhaps...

    ...is an understatement? ',;~}~

    Just teasin' ya Trav.

    > > Shaun aRe - 'Grats on the job though Trav. Musta taken some good lyin' heheheh ! ',;~}~
    > >
    >
    > me, lie? you surely must be joking! ;-)

    I _NEVER_ joke!

    Shaun aRe - Harrumph? heh...
     
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