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    You missed the entire second paragraph. And yes, even though folks went on 6 month deals went and saw shit and lived in crap conditions...six months is six months. What the fuck ever....go make your "Surprise I'm home video" then. Whoopdie doo.

    Don't twist my "perspective" just because your twat is bleeding over your misinterpretation of the point I was making Nancy.

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    Wrong. The Marines were deploying for 6-7 months at a time just like us. Quite a few of us Airmen were right there with them chewing sand. Don't sell us short as a service just on your perspective. You don't speak for me, or thousands of other Airmen.

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    A Major here at Robins surprised his kids at their high school graduation. They didn't think he was going to be home in time and he arranged it so he could be. There was a piece in the local paper about it and that was about it. That's the kind of surprise I can get behind, not some of the other selfish examples posted here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by js7799 View Post
    A Major here at Robins surprised his kids at their high school graduation. They didn't think he was going to be home in time and he arranged it so he could be. There was a piece in the local paper about it and that was about it. That's the kind of surprise I can get behind, not some of the other selfish examples posted here.
    But even that is pushing it in my opinion; no, scratch that, it is in bad taste. Why clutter up a graduation ceremony with that hokey bullshit just to put your family in the spotlight?

    Why not surprise them at home? Why choose the graduation ceremony to pop out of the jack-in-the-box?

    Unless it is to focus attention on your family and away from the other students that are participating, kind of rude and verging on an imposition to others in the ceremony if you ask me. Crap, why not have Dad use a hand buzzer and squirting lapel flower on the kids when they run up to him and submit the clip to Youtube?

    All these people are looking for is something that will go viral.

    It's over done and downright corny at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drackore View Post
    You missed the entire second paragraph. And yes, even though folks went on 6 month deals went and saw shit and lived in crap conditions...six months is six months. What the fuck ever....go make your "Surprise I'm home video" then. Whoopdie doo.

    Don't twist my "perspective" just because your twat is bleeding over your misinterpretation of the point I was making Nancy.
    I didn't misinterpret your point. I stated that it is flawed. Don't short change people for their contribution and don't assume 6 months is just 6 months. People lost families, missed births, missed holidays, and more during that six month period. I saw it first hand.

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    Then there is this. He wasn't deployed at all. Just returning from his OCONUS assignment. His family left a couple months prior to get settled in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    But even that is pushing it in my opinion; no, scratch that, it is in bad taste. Why clutter up a graduation ceremony with that hokey bullshit just to put your family in the spotlight?

    Why not surprise them at home? Why choose the graduation ceremony to pop out of the jack-in-the-box?

    Unless it is to focus attention on your family and away from the other students that are participating, kind of rude and verging on an imposition to others in the ceremony if you ask me. Crap, why not have Dad use a hand buzzer and squirting lapel flower on the kids when they run up to him and submit the clip to Youtube?

    All these people are looking for is something that will go viral.

    It's over done and downright corny at this point.
    I didn't think about it like that, good points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by technomage1 View Post
    Engineers lead the way, no question. SFS aside, who else does their own work party security outside the wire? Combat comm, maybe? O course the veh ops guys are out there as you mention but I don't believe they do their own security, at least they haven't that I've seen.

    I laughed my butt of when some maintainer told me he deployed to Guam. Uh, no you went TDY. I don't give a rats whisker what is says on your orders. You. Went. TDY.
    As an old retired AF Maintainer. I have to agree with you. A couple of weeks ago the local civilian paper here had a front page story of a Langley AFB fighter squadron returning from a six month deployment to Japan. Japan that’s a deployment? That was a six month party. To me if I can drink a beer sleep in AC take a nice shower go off base and party that’s a TDY. I did two six month trips to Honduras in the early 90s everybody was calling it a Deployment to me it was a TDY. Had a club on base could chase woman down town go to casinos. That to me is not deployment to me they were 6 month working vacations. I guess the 90 days TDY to Greece were my hotel balcony over looked a topless beech and I worked about 3 days a week was a rough deployment also. To those of you who go outside of the wire and risk your ass thanks for what you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by js7799 View Post
    A Major here at Robins surprised his kids at their high school graduation. They didn't think he was going to be home in time and he arranged it so he could be. There was a piece in the local paper about it and that was about it. That's the kind of surprise I can get behind, not some of the other selfish examples posted here.
    You always think about these things. The father changed his returning time? Wasted time waiting for the right moment to come out. That is time you could have already been with your kids. When you miss 6 months a year it is the little things that mean the world to me. I go home for lunch everyday now when I never did that before just so I can see my kids for a few minutes and have lunch with them. That is time they will never get back no matter how hard you try why make them wait even more. Graduating from high school should be about the child graduating instead of a father returning. Plus the other kids have to waste their time when they want to go be with their friends and family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airborne View Post
    Maybe narrow and flawed, but I dont think my computer is going to explode.

    Sure you have your tank drivers, your infantrymen, your expediters launching aircraft from a carrier and many more unique and dangerous jobs. All of this in foreign lands away from our families for months at a time. But lets not pretend our job is oh so different than civilians. Damn near every "white collar" squadron will have cube farms. Every "blue collar" squadron will have people doing very similar things to those on the outside. Generating sorties in the maintenance squadron is not very different than the maintenance crew at Delta making sure the planes get off the ground. They just have a union to back them up. We have the AF Sergeants Association. And while my opinion may not be popular or even factually wrong, it doesnt give some E-7 the right to demand x y and z because he's in the military or just got back from "the desert" or that we saved your ass in WW2.
    I sorry I have to disagree with you on this. As a retired AF Maintainer I got screwed on every single deployment. Not TDY deployment. Six days on and one day off 12 hour shifts for months at a time.
    Now as a Union Mechanic for an airliner its 10 hour shifts 4 days on 3 days off. They have to ask me to work OT. They have to ask me to come to work on my day off. Let me explain to you how that works. After 10 hours I am paid time and one half i.e. 45 bucks an hour. After 12 hours I am paid $ two times my salary 60 Bucks an hour. Now next Thursday on Thanksgiving Day I will be paid $75 dollars an hour. If tonight I have too much to drink I can call out sick and still get paid. No Doctors Visit no needing the clinics permission.
    So comparing a AF mechanic who works his or her ass off to a civilian mechanic is a crock. If I worked the amount of hours on my job now as I did while in the AF I probably be making 120 thousand a year. There is a big difference in AF jobs the closer you get to the flight line. How many people have you seen in the cube farm your words not mine get Article 15s for not doing their jobs correctly

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    I spoke at a high school on Veterans' Day. I shared a couple of quick stories but the overall message was what I think all of our nation's veterans would want me to tell them. That was "thank you". I told them that their generation was the first to separate the war from the warrior and that regardless of what they, or more likely their parents thought about the war, they supported the troops. I told them about heading to my abandoned 747 that I claimed for myself and reading letters from schoolkids every day before bed. I thanked the parents and teachers for letting them never forget. I told them that I know we will never spit on a veteran again, like my Dad's generation did. Anywho..... I am not a look at me kind of guy and some of these things do get hokey but somewhere in there breeds public support for pay and benefits preservation and overall good will toward the sled dogs.

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