newbie

Discussion in 'Basic' started by thatpoorguy, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. thatpoorguy

    thatpoorguy New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Occupation:
    AGE mechanic
    Location:
    wichita falls, tx
    I've been air national guard/reserves for 5 years as an AGE troop, I'm now also working AGE for a contracted company that does maintance for the predator. I'm currently here in the sandbox and when I'm not out turning wrenches, I spose I'll be on here.
     
  2. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    Welcome to the forum.

    Where in the sandbox are you? Probably Ballad. I was based out of Speicher in Tikrit back in 2004.
     
  3. rochie

    rochie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Messages:
    14,631
    Likes Received:
    421
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Head chef
    Location:
    billingham nr middlesbrough uk
    hello and welcome from england
     
  4. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41,740
    Likes Received:
    517
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Doctor
    Location:
    Portsmouth / Royal Deeside, UK
    Home Page:
    Welcome!
     
  5. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,653
    Likes Received:
    1,416
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Hello and another welcome from England.
     
  6. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,727
    Likes Received:
    1,064
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    Greetings and welcome to the family....
     
  7. thatpoorguy

    thatpoorguy New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Occupation:
    AGE mechanic
    Location:
    wichita falls, tx
    thanks all, yeah i'm at balad. This is my third trip to iraq, 2nd to balad and one to tallil. I should apply for residency considering I'm here more than home haha.
     
  8. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    I know what you are talking about. I got tired of being deployed and decided to serve the home front! :lol:

    I used to fly into Balad every day to pick up pacs. Went to Tallil a few times.

    Keep safe over there!
     
  9. thatpoorguy

    thatpoorguy New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Occupation:
    AGE mechanic
    Location:
    wichita falls, tx
    tallil was awful lol. that's the closest thing to a bare base I've been to. Our company has another base in afganistan that's supposedly worse (completely army operated) but i haven't been sent there yet. The one good thing about my trip to tallil was my discovery of a massive collection of pictures soldiers had taken around country, which I promptly copied to my portable hard drive. due to new rules in comsec i can't hook it up to the computer and upload them on here till i get home, but there's some amazing stuff on there.
     
  10. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,727
    Likes Received:
    1,064
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    Agree with Chris, stay safe mate!
     
  11. Bill G.

    Bill G. Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    Retired Guard
    Location:
    Plainwell, MI
    Welcome thatpoorguy!

    I am a just retired Citizen Soldier that has been in the sand box too! I was at Camp Victory, BIAP, and Mosul. My National Guard Company is Signal Corps. So life was different for me and the team I was part of. Not only did we do our signal mission, but we did "This Old House, Iraq"! By that we were given a looted house and had to make a home out of it. But it was sure better than living in a tent! By the time we would get it going pretty good, we would have to move! But for a while living was pretty good! And it beat the Connex boxes we had in Mosul!

    It ain't ever easy some days wearing the uniform! I hear you on the long and too frequent tours. But it has been worse for our military on other wars. And now things are quieter over there than when I left. And that is good news for you. But you still have to keep your guard up 24/7 in the sand box!

    So be safe. And post as often as duty will let you!

    Bill G.
     
  12. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,727
    Likes Received:
    1,064
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    ....that goes for your brothers in arms too!
     
  13. thatpoorguy

    thatpoorguy New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Occupation:
    AGE mechanic
    Location:
    wichita falls, tx
    lol rodge and thanks guys. luckily the insurgents don't know where the predator area is yet. they are pretty keen though on where the primary f-16 maintenance area and ammo are though. Seen a few mortars goin off but none too terribly close. anyone stationed at carswell? I'm with the air national guard unit there with the herc's when I'm not doing contracting.
     
  14. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    They had the fingers at Balad pegged for a while too while I was there. We left a Hawk sitting on the fingers to get some lunch while we waited on our pacs. When we returned the aircraft was filled with holes from a rockets hitting about 50 yards away!
     
  15. thatpoorguy

    thatpoorguy New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Occupation:
    AGE mechanic
    Location:
    wichita falls, tx
    I can't verify the truth of it, but rumor had it that a blackhawk came back from a mission from which a rpg had been fired at it. The rpg was a dud but did manage to lodge itself between the liquid ox tanks. The crew bailed with the rotors still spinning as soon as they landed on base lol. Like I said, it sounds a little far fetched but this was what I heard. You know how those stories go sometimes.
     
  16. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    Liquid O2 tanks????

    The possibility of a RPG not exploding is real. We had several go right under us and impact the ground and never explode, but the Blackhawk does not have Liquid O2 tanks (at least not any of the Blackhawk I ever worked on).
     
  17. thatpoorguy

    thatpoorguy New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Occupation:
    AGE mechanic
    Location:
    wichita falls, tx
    like i said, it was a story i heard lol. now i know it's bs though thanks! haha. oh, btw, i've been copying pictures fromt the breaking news thread.......it's all i have out here haha
     
  18. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    Welcome to the site and Thank You for what you do.
     
  19. fly boy

    fly boy Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2008
    Messages:
    862
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    hello welcome to the fourms
     
  20. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    That is what it is there for my friend.
     
Loading...

Share This Page