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FINALLY, these sit proudly on my desk never to be worn again...

GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
My daughter FINALLY separated form the AF just a little while back ending my time of sleepless nights and added grey hairs.  Of the two kids serving she was the one that managed to get herself assigned to Special Ops Command and getting frequently deployed to REALLY bad places.   I never expected when I took her to the AF recruiting station she would end up spending months at a time sleeping with an M4 by her bunk.  When some folks say the AF does not park expensive airplanes in places where they can get shot at they don't know what they are taking about...  Anyway it's all over now and she is safely tucked-in back at home while she and her boyfriend make plans for "next steps".

yesterday she was going through her old stuff and gave me these for my collection of "souvenirs".  The patch and IR flag went to Afghanistan and some "side trips" to places she can't tell me about on three deployments that lasted 6-(well beyond that) months each.  And the badge is from her stateside stint when she was asked to be part of her Base's Honor Guard, a tough job for sure but one that she took as a personal honor.

I'm really proud of her service and just damn happy that at least for the time being she is sleeping in a bedroom only a few feet from mine.  Life is good!



I also owe a debt of gratitude to a very good man that made sure that before she left home she was well able to take care of herself and went out into the world with the right frame of mind.  She told me the other day she has never forgotten what you taught her.  Thank you...

I can't believe it's been over 10 years since this picture was taken...



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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,454 Senior Member
    Please pass on my gratitude for a job well done.  Your daughter walked the walk, even if she was in the Air Force :smile:
    She definitely was not a REMF.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Someone did a fine job of raising an excellent young lady.  Congrats to both of you!
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,800 Senior Member
    That is going to mean as much (if not more) to your daughter as it does to you. Let me explain....

    I never thought my father a sentimental man. Life was what it threw at you, and you move on. On leave after bootcamp I laid the typical 8x11 portrait of me in Dress Blues on the nightstand in my old bedroom.

    A year or so later, on another leave, I got back home and was astonished to see that portrait not only framed, but prominently displayed on the wall of the living room. It was the only "hanging" picture my Dad ever put up.

    Once I was out of the service, My Dad moved 3 more times. That pic was always back on the wall as soon as the furniture was in place and before the silverware was unloaded. Though neither of us mentioned it....his actions spoke louder than words.

    You are a good Dad. Thanks for sharing.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    I didn't do much, she was a great daughter from day one.  This was all on her, all we did was support her life decisions.  

    Her years on active duty have left their mark on her.  She needs one shoulder operated on and at least one of the knees too.  That's a lot of wear and tear on someone her age, but she's never had any quit in her demeanor.  She certainly didn't spend her time idly.

    We'll be looking to schedule those procedures soon, one reason she is home with us, and after the surgeries we will spoil her to no end when she comes home from the hospital.  Mom is already on point!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,934 Senior Member
    Proud moments. 
    Proud of her. 
    Proud of you. 
    Proud of her service. 
    Proud of her accomplishments. 
    Proud for the opportunity to be a small part. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,200 Senior Member
    OOORAW

    Semper Fi
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,459 Senior Member
    Thank her for her service. 

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    That's pretty special.

    There's a face in that pic that seems familiar.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,637 Senior Member
    I'm glad she's done with that and home safe!! Air Force ain't as cushy as everybody thinks!!
    Both your kids are special!!
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,970 Senior Member
    Looks like you and her have done your jobs extremely well. Both of you have a right to be very proud.
    Thank your daughter for her service for us please.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,709 Senior Member
    Congrats to your daughter and a hearty thank you for her service. Hope all her wear and tear are easily fixed and she is able to move on with life.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Proud moments. 
    Proud of her. 
    Proud of you. 
    Proud of her service. 
    Proud of her accomplishments. 
    Proud for the opportunity to be a small part. 
    Not small.  Her confidence based on the skills you taught her carried her through some times where she should have been scared poopless.  That's precious to me and I'll never be able to repay this.  
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    Congrats dad, more proof of the old saying, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

    Congrats and a HUGE "THANK YOU" to her. 

    If she has any questions about her upcoming knee (7 iirc) or shoulder (4) surgeries, feel free to call. Between book knowledge and a healthy dose of BTDT, I might know a thing or two about them ;)

    (Number in parenthesis = number of surgeries I've had on named part)
    I’ll let her know. Thanks!
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    Please pass on my gratitude for a job well done.  Your daughter walked the walk, even if she was in the Air Force :smile:
    She definitely was not a REMF.
    Yeah most folks do not spend their active duty years with a bag packed by the front door so they can leave in minutes with no idea where your going, when THAT call comes.  And I couldn’t ask or open my mouth about her whereabouts.

    A few years ago her and her boyfriend were driving headed to my house to celebrate my birthday with us.  A call caught them about 10 hours into a 16 hour drive.  A swift U-Turn and a quick call to dad to let me know not to wait up was all that followed.

    I can count on my fingers in one hand with plenty of leftovers the Christmases and Thanksgivings we got to spend together for the 10 years she was in.  

    But it’s all over and all that is left it’s the pride!  🇺🇸
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Someone did a fine job of raising an excellent young lady.  Congrats to both of you!
    I wish I could take credit but it was all her.  We just made sure to give advice and didn’t stand in her way. 👍
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    That is going to mean as much (if not more) to your daughter as it does to you. Let me explain....

    I never thought my father a sentimental man. Life was what it threw at you, and you move on. On leave after bootcamp I laid the typical 8x11 portrait of me in Dress Blues on the nightstand in my old bedroom.

    A year or so later, on another leave, I got back home and was astonished to see that portrait not only framed, but prominently displayed on the wall of the living room. It was the only "hanging" picture my Dad ever put up.

    Once I was out of the service, My Dad moved 3 more times. That pic was always back on the wall as soon as the furniture was in place and before the silverware was unloaded. Though neither of us mentioned it....his actions spoke louder than words.

    You are a good Dad. Thanks for sharing.

    Mike
    My office is basically a shrine to my kids, which interestingly always surprises them.  Folks like you and them usually only see your job.  Parents get to watch from a distance and take a deeper look at the total picture and stand in awe...
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    NN said:
    OOORAW

    Semper Fi
    Tugar said:
    Thank her for her service. 

    That's pretty special.

    There's a face in that pic that seems familiar.
    rberglof said:
    Looks like you and her have done your jobs extremely well. Both of you have a right to be very proud.
    Thank your daughter for her service for us please.
    sakodude said:
    Congrats to your daughter and a hearty thank you for her service. Hope all her wear and tear are easily fixed and she is able to move on with life.
    I will pass along your kind words.  Well get her all fixed up and ready to roll for her next role in life.  Funny enough she’s now going to school working really hard to get accepted into a pilot program!    Hope some day she’ll get to thank you for flying her airline you as you leave her plane 😁
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    I'm glad she's done with that and home safe!! Air Force ain't as cushy as everybody thinks!!
    Both your kids are special!!
    Nope, it is not for many wearing that uniform.  When folks watch the movie Blackhawk Down they fail to notice that one of the first guys on the ground by the first crash site is wearing an Air Force uniform...

    They do tend to get better food though 🤣
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 25,181 Senior Member
    Sounds like she "got it done"! Good on her and all like her.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    edited January 2021 #21
    zorba said:
    Sounds like she "got it done"! Good on her and all like her.
    Thanks, she did her part and never backed off on anything that was asked of her.  NEVER heard her complain.  She sent me this, I think one of the last times she got one of those calls.  Nothing but a smile on her face...  Even though she did constantly complained that they never had uniforms that fit her.  "Everything is made for boys in the freaking military". 



    I should have known where we were headed when she was just a kid.  This picture is still in the now buried archives of the old G&A online magazine.  I posted it here when she shot her first deer at 14 and Dan Johnson asked me if he could use it for his blog on the magazine website.  Perfect shot right under the neck on the off side, blew the top of the heart and exited right behind the ribs on the side showing.  Needless to say I said yes.  She was SO proud when I showed the blog to her!



    Here she is on an outing with Junkcollector.  Notice @Zee, no chicken wings!



    Same day, .41 Mag full power loads .  She took it to heart when she was told "You control recoil or recoil controls you."  




    Sorry I'm bragging a little, just a mixture of joy and relief that this chapter is really over.  I'll just shut up now and go back to my corner now.  Thanks for putting up with me...  :D


  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,571 Senior Member
    A few years off from the above adventures and now you can get back to adding to that list, hope she likes her next job too.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Someone did a fine job of raising an excellent young lady.  Congrats to both of you!
    I wish I could take credit but it was all her.  We just made sure to give advice and didn’t stand in her way. 👍
    And where is my gratitude?  Please thank her for her service for me.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    A few years off from the above adventures and now you can get back to adding to that list, hope she likes her next job too.
    I think she'll be perfect for it!  She is also my constant companion when she is home.  We were at my gun club scrounging brass yesterday.  She even likes doing that kind of stuff!  Mom even gets a little jealous sometimes because I spend so much time with Mini-Me  :D
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Someone did a fine job of raising an excellent young lady.  Congrats to both of you!
    I wish I could take credit but it was all her.  We just made sure to give advice and didn’t stand in her way. 👍
    And where is my gratitude?  Please thank her for her service for me.
    Thank you sir, I will pass that along to her.
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,927 Senior Member
    Glad to hear she's home safe. It must have been a bit nerve-wracking to have your daughter stationed in a place loaded with bad actors. It does surprise me that AF personnel would be doing grunt-work in the field like that. I always thought that other than flying aircraft in combat zones, that the AF was one of the safer jobs in the military.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Glad to hear she's home safe. It must have been a bit nerve-wracking to have your daughter stationed in a place loaded with bad actors. It does surprise me that AF personnel would be doing grunt-work in the field like that. I always thought that other than flying aircraft in combat zones, that the AF was one of the safer jobs in the military.
    That used to be the case many moons ago but since the Military started operating in multi-service “groups” that’s no longer the case.  Plenty of AF folks imbedded or attached with SF folks.   Here’s a write up describing the mission of the MC-130 Talon.  Interesting read https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/mc-130e.htm

    When you land (and sometimes base) one of these in unfriendly places you feel compelled to defend the US Air Force Property that needs to get everyone home.  Some of those folks have multiple Purple Hearts.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,607 Senior Member
    How do I put this?

    As a nation, we are very good at electing idiots.  Idiots that end up with control over where these young men and women get told to risk everything.

    I've worked for idiots in environments where you DON'T have the possibility of getting shot at.  To sign on to work for idiots who may send you to a place where you will get shot at takes a special person.

    As the collective electors of the idiots, we truly do not deserve those that sign on the line.  Thanks to your lil' gal, & welcome home!
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    How do I put this?

    As a nation, we are very good at electing idiots.  Idiots that end up with control over where these young men and women get told to risk everything.

    I've worked for idiots in environments where you DON'T have the possibility of getting shot at.  To sign on to work for idiots who may send you to a place where you will get shot at takes a special person.

    As the collective electors of the idiots, we truly do not deserve those that sign on the line.  Thanks to your lil' gal, & welcome home!
    Well put, and thank you.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,934 Senior Member
    What are her occupational plans?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    What are her occupational plans?
    She’s currently enrolled in college full time working on getting accepted into the school’s commercial pilot program.  After she graduates she plans to go fly for the same airline as her boyfriend (soon to be fiancé) is currently flying for.  

    At the same time she is getting certified as a Concealed Carry instructor with the company I work for to teach female only classes for me.  No grass grows between the girl’s toes 😁
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