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rodneyw71
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Post by rodneyw71 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:12 pm

I attended another meeting last night, let me tell you they need more young people, at my local post there are a bunch of openings for officers. First they offered me Service councilman, that takes alot of time, which I don't have with my job. Then Chaplain, I am not really religious, then there were a couple other positions. I told them my schedule and what I am able to do, so at the next meeting they'll let me know what they have. I got fitted for a "Brown" hat, which I am going to be proud to wear. So if you are eligible to join the VFW, I urge you to do so. :D
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
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Dagger X-Ray
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Your Gulf War Unit: 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Fri Nov 10, 2006 6:16 pm

I have consodered it but with a 2 yr old and a 4 year old, I would not be able to spend much time there if any at all.
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(12/91 - present) - miss the service
(9/90 - 12/91) 2nd Bde 1st Infantry Division - Desert Shield / Desert Storm Combat VET
(9/88 - 9/90) C-17th Signal Battalion of 22nd Signal Brigade - Sachsenhausen Bar Scene VET
(4/88 - 9/88) AIT Fort Gordon, Ga
(12/87 - 3/88) Basic Training Fort Jackson, SC
"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
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bilbo37
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Your Gulf War Unit: 3rd Battalion (ATC), 58th Aviation
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Post by bilbo37 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:26 pm

Since I am now stationary, at least in this town. I will be looking into joining the VFW or the American Legion..
rodneyw71
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Post by rodneyw71 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:28 pm

I have a 11 and 5 year old, the meetings here are on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm. Thats the only day I go, except to the fish fries. My wife encouraged me to get involved, and these guys made me feel right at home.
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
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Post by Guest » Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:46 am

I have been in the American Legion for 5 years and I'm a Post Commander and a District Commander of 10 posts. If you are young and are motivated, they need you in these Vet. organizations. The problem is that most young potential members are still working 40 hour weeks, married and raising a family. Its tough to find the time to volunteer. Joining doesn't mean that you have to work, just the membership helps these posts and when you find the time, then volunteer. It is speculated that in 15 years, most Veteran organizations will dissapear except for the few big one, ie: VFW, Am. Legion, DAV, etc. You are their future.
rodneyw71
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Post by rodneyw71 » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:03 pm

I really don't have the time either, but I find time once a month. They lost 2,000 members in Indiana last year. I'm 35 and I am attending now, because I want to learn from the older guys so I can step in when they are gone.
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
rodneyw71
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Your Gulf War Unit: 354th TFW
Location: Indiana

Post by rodneyw71 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:50 am

Well, I went to a meeting last night, and they voted me in for a 1 year Trustee, there are three of us, and I guess a Trustee is in charge of spending for that post. I hope I didn't get myself into more than I can handle, because I work alot.
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
rodneyw71
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Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:37 pm
Your Gulf War Unit: 354th TFW
Location: Indiana

Post by rodneyw71 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 10:46 pm

Well tonight I worked the fish fry, I was in charge of the French fries, it was a good time. Heck I ate for free, and got to hear more WW11 stories. My wife and kids came and ate, when I got home my kids had all kinds of questions for me. I'm going to help next Friday after work, it sure beats sitting on the couch doing nothing.
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
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Dagger X-Ray
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Your Gulf War Unit: 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division
Location: Central Florida
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Sat Dec 16, 2006 12:35 am

Sounds like you did a good job and had fun...fry boy !
Dagger X-Ray - ARMY
(12/91 - present) - miss the service
(9/90 - 12/91) 2nd Bde 1st Infantry Division - Desert Shield / Desert Storm Combat VET
(9/88 - 9/90) C-17th Signal Battalion of 22nd Signal Brigade - Sachsenhausen Bar Scene VET
(4/88 - 9/88) AIT Fort Gordon, Ga
(12/87 - 3/88) Basic Training Fort Jackson, SC
"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
-George Orwell
"I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight."
- General George Patton
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Your Gulf War Unit: "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!"

Post by SaucyWench » Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:22 am

Dagger X-Ray wrote:...fry boy !

:::snicker:::
rodneyw71
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Post by rodneyw71 » Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:22 am

I was like Sponge Bob, I'm a fry cook. I met a guy last night who was a Marine and was injured in Lebanon in the early 80's. That was the first person that I have met that fought in that war.
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
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bilbo37
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Post by bilbo37 » Sat Dec 23, 2006 8:44 am

Can we call you S.B. for short?
rodneyw71
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Post by rodneyw71 » Sat Dec 23, 2006 11:37 am

I worked the Fish fry again last night, I didn't get home until 9 pm. last night...had been up since 3:30 am. I slept until 8 this morning, I think my Life energy is running on empty, I'm getting worn out quick. I think I've tried every Energy drink known to man, and nothing works.
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
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Redmaxx
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Your Gulf War Unit: B Co. 7/159 Avn. Regt.
Location: Livonia, MI
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Post by Redmaxx » Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:49 am

I have been a life member for two years. I am making my way through the "chairs" now. I was elected Jr. Vice Commander this year so hopefully (if everything goes well) I will be Commander in 2 years (1 1/2 actually). It seems to have filled a void in my life. I miss the friends that I had in the Army and all the trouble that we caused/got into. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I do however wish that there were more DS vets involved. It would really be great to hang with people that were in the same age and war as I was.
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SSR Platoon
Operation Desert Shield/Storm/Cease Fire 1990/1991
rodneyw71
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Your Gulf War Unit: 354th TFW
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Post by rodneyw71 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:58 pm

It get's frustraiting some times, I am the youngest member, the next youngest is a Vietnam Vet. and he's the only Vietnam vet that attends. I have some ideas, but I don't think they will go for them....I'm wanting to put on a car show and try to attract people and let them know where we are at. If you have any ideas PM me so we can talk about them.
Desert Storm, KFIA, Dec. '90- May '91
RAF Alconbury, UK. '90-'92
KI. Sawyer AFB, MI. '92
434th ARW/LRS, Grissom ARB, IN. 2007-Present
OIF 506th ELRS, Kirkuk, Iraq Sept. '09-Jan. '10
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