Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 20 of 20

Thread: He did it

  1. #16
    Resident Curmudgeon Military Professional Gun Grape's Avatar
    Join Date
    12 Mar 05
    Location
    Panama City Fl
    Posts
    8,424
    Little Grape graduated Basic Military Training. The wife and I had a great time in San Antonio. Like a week before the hurricane. Although they didn't get any of it.

    After watching the 2 day graduation thing that the Air Force does. Coin ceremony on one day, Graduation parade the next, If there is a hell, then Marine and Army SNCOs go to Lackland AFB to watch the cat rodeo for eternity. Does the AF even have a Drill and Ceremony Field Manual?

    He didn't make Honor grad. Messed up on his written test. He was , however, the Series (Flight?/ Group that graduated that week) high shooter on the range. With a perfect score!!!!!

    In the Corps that would have got him a meritorious promotion to E-2. In the USAF, not even a mention, except for his MTI telling me when we toured his dorm, an a marksmanship ribbon.

    I did give him a hard time about graduating boot camp and already wearing 3 ribbons. Let him know it took years for me to get that many. And I had to get shot at to do it.

    He is at Sheppard AFB becoming a "Super Wireman" MOS 3D1X7 Cable and Antenna Systems. Where he is learning, According to the AF website
    Installs, maintains, reconstitutes, removes, and modifies copper core, coaxial, waveguide, and fiber optic cable and antenna systems. Climbs antenna support structures and wooden poles to various heights for maintenance and installation actions on cable and antenna systems. Installs and maintains dedicated local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) media distribution systems, including distribution system interior wiring. Uses drawings, task lists, instructions, and technical data to work on copper core, coaxial, waveguide, fiber optic cable, and antenna systems. Installs distribution equipment. Terminates copper core and fiber optic cables on main distribution frames and interface equipment. Operates and performs maintenance on tools, test equipment, auxiliary equipment, and vehicles such as backhoes, trenchers, cable trailers, cable reel trucks, and antenna construction vehicles.

    Locates, repairs, and replaces faulty closures in copper core, waveguide, coaxial, and fiber optic cable systems. Performs pneumatic troubleshooting to locate faulty splice closures and demivalve assemblies. Excavates and backfills splice pits. Seals cables, repairs demivalves, and adjusts pressure transmitters and contactors.

    Installs and maintains aerial cable support structures such as pole line and suspension strands. Installs underground cable, uses duct rods, cleans cable duct systems, prepares the pulling apparatus, and pulls in and temporarily bonds cable. Installs, maintains, and marks path of buried cable systems.
    So he will have a job with the telephone/cable company if nothing else when he gets out.

    he is in good hands while at Sheppard. Has a Marine Gunny as a instructor.

    I remembered this thread because he called me last night. They got their orders. The lucky devil is going to Kadena.

    I assured him that he would have a blast. I spent over 4 years on Okinawa as a single Marine. The Marine Corps had to drag me off the island. Kicking and screaming all the way to the "Freedom Bird".

    I will definitely have to go visit
    Last edited by Gun Grape; 02 Oct 17, at 01:03.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

  2. #17
    Senior Contributor Bigfella's Avatar
    Join Date
    12 Jan 07
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    9,211
    Congratulations to your lad Gunny. A credit to his parents.

    Given your travel plans I'm assuming the statute of limitations is up on your previous activities there. ;-)


    Win nervously lose tragically - Reds C C

  3. #18
    Global Moderator
    Military Professional
    Defense Professional
    Albany Rifles's Avatar
    Join Date
    27 Apr 07
    Location
    Prince George, VA
    Posts
    8,340
    Good Times!

    yeah the Air Force Critters do things a little different....

    But congrats to him...and in the Army Signal Corps we call folks with that MOS Wire Dogs or Cable Apes!
    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
    ― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

  4. #19
    Administrator
    Lei Feng Protege
    Defense Professional
    Join Date
    23 Aug 05
    Location
    Arlington, VA
    Posts
    13,002
    congrats to the Little Grape!

    I assured him that he would have a blast. I spent over 4 years on Okinawa as a single Marine. The Marine Corps had to drag me off the island. Kicking and screaming all the way to the "Freedom Bird".

    I will definitely have to go visit
    raises all sorts of questions about how many other Little Grapes are running around Okinawa...;-)
    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

  5. #20
    Resident Curmudgeon Military Professional Gun Grape's Avatar
    Join Date
    12 Mar 05
    Location
    Panama City Fl
    Posts
    8,424
    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post

    raises all sorts of questions about how many other Little Grapes are running around Okinawa...;-)
    I can neither confirm or deny the presence or absence of little grapes on the island of Okinawa.

    But hypothetically, if there were female grapettes, they would be in their early thirtys. Doubt Little grape would "hook up" with his half sister. And their children, if any, would be young.

    So no need to broach that subject with him at this time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella
    Given your travel plans I'm assuming the statute of limitations is up on your previous activities there. ;-)
    Maybe something I need to look into
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 5 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 5 guests)

Share this thread with friends:

Share this thread with friends:

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •