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snake284snake284 Senior MemberPosts: 22,394 Senior Member
He just got promoted to E-7. He is in the 82nd Airborne as an Airborne Artillery Specialist.

When he joined the Army in January 2006 he was already 26 years old. When he joined his aim was to get into the 82 with his two cousins. But having a pin in his arm from an accident with a Tommy Lift on a truck and having had Lasik Surgery to correct visual problems, he was sent to Boot Camp at Fort Sill Oklahoma, which is an artillery base. However, I believe one or both of his cousins, my sister's oldest and youngest boys, pulled some strings and got him transferred after two years. So he's airborne artillery.

I think his aspiration is to stay in and work his way up to Sgt. Major the same as his oldest cousin. Well, he's got a good start I suppose, but time will tell. He is currently stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage AK. Before Centermass left there he and my son contacted each other on the phone but they were both busy at the time and I don't think they ever met up.
Daddy, what's an enabler?
Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.


  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,148 Senior Member
    Congrats to him on a big step up in the ranks! The pay raise doesn't hurt and the increased responsibility is going to certainly be rewarding.

    It's definitely a life choice to reach max rank on either the enlisted or officer side. The wife and I have had a lot of talk about whether or not I should pursue O-6 or punch out at 20-22 years as a Lt Col and start settling down for good. Coming off of a tour working for a 4-star, I am in a great place to be if I want to try and climb the ranks...but it's never that simple. When I hit 20 years in service and eligible to retire, my daughter will be high school age and I don't know if moving her and the rest of the family around during those critical years is something I want to do.
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,917 Senior Member
    Snake congratulations to your Son, sounds like he is doing well. Making E-9 these days is no easy feat, I wish him well in his endeavor.

    Six-Gun, you have a few other options if you decide to retire. Remember you have a year to make your home of selection and that entitlement can be extended for up to 5 times.
    Of course if you stay in, well you know how moving works.
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  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Good news.
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  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
    Congrats on your boy Snake. Sorry he had to do boot in Ft Sill. Lawton/Ft Sill is a dump.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    Congratulation Snake, I wish him nothing but the best.

  • kansashunterkansashunter Senior Member Posts: 1,815 Senior Member
    That's great snake. Nothing makes you prouder than your kids doing well.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,128 Senior Member
    That is awesome! Give your boy my best and tell him that I appreciate his service. You have every right to be a proud father.
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  • NJSOGNJSOG Member Posts: 101 Member
    Congratulations to your son.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    Congratulations Mike. All the best to your son and you have reason to be very proud.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Congratulations Mike. All the best to your son and you have reason to be very proud.

    Thank all of you guys. I feel very good about it especially after reading your comments. I will convey it to my son. He is an avid fisherman and hunter and loves the outdoors. He is also very conservative politically. I wish he and Centermass would have been able to meet up. But I think both of them had a lot going on at that time. They did talk on the phone though. Who knows, they both may meet up someday.

    You military guys both active and retired here are number one in my mind. God Bless you all and you are great Americans.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,206 Senior Member
    Good news indeed

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