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Stanksbeamen 04-29-2012 7:04 AM

5th Deployment
 
Just got a short notice deployment, yay! My wife's not too thrilled as I've only been home for 9 months but she know's it what I have to do. Back to Afghanistan...Also, my little brother found out the same day he is being deployed too...We're both USAF, he is Security Forces and I'm a 2T2. :)

Sucky part is we had leave planned for a family reunion like 4-5 days after I'm supposed to leave. It would be the first time in 2 years actually getting to see my parents/brothers and all of us being together. My mom was sad but she also understands. I always have 60 or 70+ days of leave saved up hahaha, what a PITA!

GMANtt 04-29-2012 7:05 AM

Reserve? Jesus I couldn't imagine being deployed that many times if I were to join the Seabees what do you do in Afghanistan as Security Forces? I was looking into joining that instead of the Navy.

Oh and stay safe.

Stanksbeamen 04-29-2012 7:15 AM

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Originally Posted by GMANtt (Post 8489090)
Reserve? Jesus I couldn't imagine being deployed that many times if I were to join the Seabees what do you do in Afghanistan as Security Forces? I was looking into joining that instead of the Navy.

Oh and stay safe.

Nope, active duty. I hit my 8yr mark in July but my little brother is SF, I'm the person that loads all the aircraft with cargo, vehicles, people, ammo, food/water bundles. I may not be on the front line but without us those upfront wouldnt be able to fight the war. I'm very proud of what I do and to be in the USAF.

SF in afghanistan provides base/flight line security where I was but I think they do some convoys too. They have ravens that travel with aircraft for security purposes too. Not sure exactly but may there is an SF guy on here and can explain their duties there?!?

Thank you.

prod39 04-29-2012 7:48 AM

Thank You for your service and, Please stay Safe?

Highest Regards,
Jim B

GoBig 04-29-2012 7:53 AM

I have so much respect for those that serve and protect our great nation! Thanks so much!

Manolito 04-29-2012 8:00 AM

Keep safe and get some.

Kodemonkey 04-29-2012 8:13 AM

Thanks for your service. I've got friends who are the wives of active duty servicemen and deployment is rough all round. The sacrifices you guys make aren't just risk of life and limb.

Kyle1886 04-29-2012 8:35 AM

Thank you for your and your family's service.

Kyle

Stanksbeamen 04-29-2012 8:58 AM

Thank you all for the kind responses! :)

laabstract 04-29-2012 2:12 PM

Stay safe

bodger 04-29-2012 2:20 PM

Be safe. Thanks for your service.

I was USAF also. 1971-75.
552nd AEW & Control Wing, Korat RTAFB 1972-73.

Spanky8601 04-29-2012 2:35 PM

Thanks for all you do, there and here. Stay safe.

mceod 04-29-2012 2:55 PM

I just got home from my 3rd in 5 years. I know how you feel about the leave days. I'm sitting somewhere north of 85 days as of now.

ElvenSoul 04-29-2012 3:04 PM

Thanks for serving! Stay Safe and make it back!

tanksoldier 04-29-2012 4:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Stanksbeamen (Post 8489125)
SF in afghanistan provides base/flight line security where I was but I think they do some convoys too.

In Iraq we had AF SF guys, and gals, augmenting convoy security in our sector. They seemed pretty squared away with their gear and such, but discipline-wise a little laid back compared to Army combat arms elements... more like some of our support units.

They definitely seemed to know their stuff when the shooting started and that's what really matters.

How long do you expect to be gone?

Good luck to you and stay safe.

GMG 04-29-2012 6:56 PM

Thank you for your service, and stay safe while deployed !

cortayack 04-29-2012 7:31 PM

BE safe and thank you for your service....

epilepticninja 04-30-2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by tanksoldier (Post 8491435)
They seemed pretty squared away with their gear and such, but discipline-wise a little laid back compared to Army combat arms elements... more like some of our support units.

They definitely seemed to know their stuff when the shooting started and that's what really matters.

In the Air Force, the JTAC's and TACP's are assigned to actual Army units so they have the most Army combat type training (along with our special ops people.) The Security Force people follow a close second, with Red Horse units bringing up the rear. The Air Force has been traditionally an aviation combat branch, but they are getting more involved in ground operations. Glad to see someone from another branch of service appreciates us. :)

To the OP, I feel you brother on the multiple deployments. Keep up the good work, and don't get your fingers pinched when closing the ramp. ;)

rooster85 04-30-2012 1:56 PM

Good luck on the upcoming deployment man. I feel your pain on not ever seeing your family together, i joined the Marines at 17 and my sister was already in the USAF. Since 2003 my parents, sister and i have only been together three times. One funeral, one wedding and one Xmas. Damn deployments! Stay safe man.

krisjon 04-30-2012 2:08 PM

Nothing wrong with being "in the rear with gear" because that gear saves many others' rears. 8)

Still, be safe and watch your six. No matter where you are, it's still Afghanistan.

Many thanks to you and your little bro for your service. God bless ya.

Mr.1904 04-30-2012 2:56 PM

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I wish you and your brother a safe, and lucky deployment.

shooterfpga 04-30-2012 3:16 PM

that sucks, we are deploying as well. i was also reading as of this month that deployments have been reduced to 9 months for us with no r&r, but supposedly its not branch wide, just certain mos i guess. like i said in another thread, im sure my unit will still continue to deploy after 2014.

Stanksbeamen 05-05-2012 8:59 AM

Thank you all!

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Originally Posted by mceod (Post 8491021)
I just got home from my 3rd in 5 years. I know how you feel about the leave days. I'm sitting somewhere north of 85 days as of now.

Yes sir, between manning issues and people already deployed it's hard to get time off. When I got back last year we were still on 12's 5 on and 2 off. Luckily we've had some people come back and we are fortunate to sneak a 3rd day off here and there. Out of the upcoming 8 years I've been in I think we've been on 8 hr shifts for ~6 months! Sucky... :)

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Originally Posted by tanksoldier (Post 8491435)
In Iraq we had AF SF guys, and gals, augmenting convoy security in our sector. They seemed pretty squared away with their gear and such, but discipline-wise a little laid back compared to Army combat arms elements... more like some of our support units.

They definitely seemed to know their stuff when the shooting started and that's what really matters.

How long do you expect to be gone?

Good luck to you and stay safe.

That's good to hear, I have faith in all my brothers/sisters in arms but some make bad decisions.

Last time we had 2 cops that were playing a "game" like 'do you think I'll do it?' (Point weapons at eachother/pull trigger). Well 1 guy took 5.56 to the knee cap/down his leg. The SF guy that shot was of course locked up and escorted home by guard, headed to leavenworth or one of the prisons we have...:(

Last deployment was just under 200 days, so about the same as last time. They rush to get us in there but take their sweet time getting us back home. We expect 6-8 months...

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Originally Posted by epilepticninja (Post 8495435)
In the Air Force, the JTAC's and TACP's are assigned to actual Army units so they have the most Army combat type training (along with our special ops people.) The Security Force people follow a close second, with Red Horse units bringing up the rear. The Air Force has been traditionally an aviation combat branch, but they are getting more involved in ground operations. Glad to see someone from another branch of service appreciates us. :)

To the OP, I feel you brother on the multiple deployments. Keep up the good work, and don't get your fingers pinched when closing the ramp. ;)

Correct we used to only shoot once every 3 years (Crazy right?!?). Now we are required to do it prior to deployment. No worries I'm always clear of the ramp/door to keep my toes/arms! We're required to carry M16 but they only give us 30 rounds so if something went down it's pretty funky if I start shooting.

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Originally Posted by rooster85 (Post 8496166)
Good luck on the upcoming deployment man. I feel your pain on not ever seeing your family together, i joined the Marines at 17 and my sister was already in the USAF. Since 2003 my parents, sister and i have only been together three times. One funeral, one wedding and one Xmas. Damn deployments! Stay safe man.

Yes, always see you're family if you get the chance. We land at BWI and I see my parents for the 20-24hrs layover there and that's about it. My bro and I are on the same deployment tempo so we're usually home/gone together so that's a plus. Obviously mom doesnt like it though...

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Originally Posted by krisjon (Post 8496224)
Nothing wrong with being "in the rear with gear" because that gear saves many others' rears. 8)

Still, be safe and watch your six. No matter where you are, it's still Afghanistan.

Many thanks to you and your little bro for your service. God bless ya.

True! If it wasnt for the ammo/blood/food/water/supplies we push on and off the planes it would be hard for the folks upfront to keep pushing the fight to the 'bad guys'

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Originally Posted by shooterfpga (Post 8496594)
that sucks, we are deploying as well. i was also reading as of this month that deployments have been reduced to 9 months for us with no r&r, but supposedly its not branch wide, just certain mos i guess. like i said in another thread, im sure my unit will still continue to deploy after 2014.

Good luck, stay safe. Kind of sucks about R&R but hope you get home sooner than normal. My job will always be at the bases we occupy overseas so we will continue to deploy until we close bases down over there. I expect to deploy until I retire, no matter what my rank is so here we go! :chris:

1lostinspace 05-05-2012 9:08 AM

First of all I want to thank you for your service.

But I keep asking my self what's out there? What are we doing there?
I rather have you guys at our borders then on the other side of the world.

Again thanks for you do for us and our country.

Stanksbeamen 10-22-2012 2:17 AM

Only 9-10 weeks left! Hope to be home quickly after the new year!

flipdiver 10-22-2012 4:51 AM

Thank you for your service! I know how deployments get! Been through a few myself. I got a brother and sister in the service both of whom just got back from their respective deployments (Army/Air Force). Wish you and your brother safe passage!

SoCal_Sapper 10-22-2012 7:02 AM

Good luck STanksbeamen!

SilverTauron 10-22-2012 7:25 AM

Good luck and stay safe out there!

NastyNate 11-03-2012 12:25 AM

Godspeed.

infantry_11x 11-08-2012 9:40 PM

Wish I could go with you.. I miss deployment and wish you the safest of travels.

boltmopar 11-09-2012 10:37 PM

Good Luck and stay safe

Stanksbeamen 11-10-2012 12:44 AM

Thank you all!

69_Mustang 12-13-2012 6:59 PM

Not too bad; aren't your deployments a bit shorter than others? A little better with the family.

I hit 6 years on my 5th deployment. I had a couple more in me, but I was injured. Now I'm getting out! :D

NastyNate 12-14-2012 1:12 AM

Stay safe loadmaster

Nasty Nate

saint7 12-14-2012 8:44 AM

Yea brother be safe... also having been an 0311(grunt) it can be over rated LOL. Love what you do and do your best. Godspeed brother.

Thank you for you for your service!

Stanksbeamen 12-14-2012 9:38 AM

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Originally Posted by 69_Mustang (Post 9915289)
Not too bad; aren't your deployments a bit shorter than others? A little better with the family.

I hit 6 years on my 5th deployment. I had a couple more in me, but I was injured. Now I'm getting out! :D

Good luck on the outside. I have to decide whether or not I want to stay in, when i get home I have like 30 days left...Shortest deployment was 5 1/2 months and longest was 7 months so yes they are shorter than other services but at the same time they're long! lol

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Originally Posted by NastyNate (Post 9916971)
Stay safe loadmaster

Nasty Nate

Thanks, not quite a loadmaster. I stay on the ground and assist the loadmaster with the upload/downloads. Get to drive all the cool stuff on and off, move the people and all the supplies they need.

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Originally Posted by saint7 (Post 9918084)
Yea brother be safe... also having been an 0311(grunt) it can be over rated LOL. Love what you do and do your best. Godspeed brother.

Thank you for you for your service!

Luckily my job is very rewarding when deployed whether it be sending people home to be with their families or sending out ammo to those who need it or loading air drop bundles to those who dont have an airstrip close by. Thanks for everything, I'm less than 10 days from redeploying. Feels good, almost there! :)

Stanksbeamen 12-31-2012 3:47 PM

Made it home Christmas day! Thanks everyone for your support, have a happy new years!

GMG 12-31-2012 6:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Stanksbeamen (Post 10070535)
Made it home Christmas day! Thanks everyone for your support, have a happy new years!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you and your family. Welcome home!!

FMFdevildoc 12-31-2012 8:29 PM

AF Security Forces / MPs are good in my book, they ran all kinds of security and what-not at Camp Bucca in I-Raq. Duties in Kuwait, astan and elsewhere.

THE SUCK IS THE SUCK, REGARDLESS OF UNIFORM, MOS OR DUTIES... JUST MY .02 - EMBRACE THE SUCK !!!!

... and I have been volunteering (to deploy again) monthly for well over three years to no avail. I reckon the good lord, or the Naval Reserve sees fit not to?


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