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    Thought we should see how many Military Personnel and from what branches we currently have in the firefighter ranks. (Active Duty, Reservists/Guards, or people prior Duty. It is interesting how many military people become firefighters, or firefighters still serving our country. This is just to start something new.

    I did a 10 years active duty Navy, all East coast, (AW) rescue swimmer. That is where I joined a Vol fire dept in california, Md.
    Enjoyed being a firefighter so much I left the Navy to become a Firefighter.
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    6 years Navy
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    2 yrs Guard, 68W (Healthcare Specialist, aka "MEDIC!!!") hidden somewhere within the 40th ID(M)....
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    20 yrs USMC Reserve. Started out as a Combat Engineer (MOS 1371), lat moved to ARFF (MOS 7051) in 97. I was drawn to the fire service by my Marine leaders-fire team leader, squad leader, and 1st Sgt were all firefighters when I was a PFC.

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    Gunnyv did you do any boat time or stay feet dry? You guys are a part of the NAVY also, You had to see a boat or two.
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    Plisken,

    Feet dry, I'm an air winger in a support squadron. We fly in to build the bases so our Brothers can get off your nasty boats.

    We Marines understand that we are part of the Department of the Navy. The MENS Department. Just keep signing those checks.

    The insults are all in fun, of course. All services do a great job in their particular missions. We just got the fun ones. Wait'll Vinnie shows up to brag about the Grunts.

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    I was a SKY JOCKEY only went to the boat when they told me to, Never chipped paint, All I had to do was go flying and sleep. Nice thing about the aviation side of things. Ships company hated us at times but as long as we brought mail and supplies then we were good friends.
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    I was in 1984 to 1988.I was a Boiler Technician the first couple years I was in my destroyer USS Mahan DDG 42.Then I decided to "Change my rate to bosun's mate,doo dah,doo dah"and spent the rest of my hitch chipping paint,handling mooring lines,driving the boat lookout watches and what not.
    That was more fun than watching guages and trying to explain to the Top Watch that "The reasons the readings are different on the guages now as opposed to when I last made the rounds of the fireroom is because the engines were sped up and there is now an increased demand for steam so the numbers are higher now."
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    There's an old saying"I can see what you airedales do to earn your flight pay but what do you do to get your base pay?"
    I know of one incident off the east coast of Italy(Adriatic Sea)when the helo managed to drop a bright orange bag into the water instead of gently lowering it to the deck.
    That was almost the first time a SH60 Seahawk got shot down by a Terrier missile.

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    I was a SKY JOCKEY only went to the boat when they told me to, Never chipped paint, All I had to do was go flying and sleep. Nice thing about the aviation side of things. Ships company hated us at times but as long as we brought mail and supplies then we were good friends.

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    Hubby was a Royal Canadian Dragoon.
    He got his first taste of firefighting on the ranges.
    He started volunteering as soon as he got out of the Military. That was in '93 and he's been going ever since. He has (so far!) worked his way up to Deputy Chief.
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    1st Bn. 8th Regiment out of Camp Geiger, down the road from "Mainside"

    After getting out I still wanted to do "something special". I lived down the block from Vol fire house where a few guys I knew belonged. Joined up in '76 and loved it. I felt that was what I wanted to do full time so I went to a large city, took the test and got on in '81.

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    Does anyone know what Camp Geiger is used for these days? I heard there haven't been any grunt units there for a long time. Maybe it's a snake farm. Those little ba$tard$ were always making their way into the barracks.

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    I did 12 years as a DOD Firefighter, with my last position as Dep Chief, Mil Personnel for Ft Rucker FD. Currently a CH-47D Pilot looking forward to a few more years and retirement. If it wasnt for the age restriction on most major metro fire departments, I would go back after retirement from the military (at age 40). I really wouldnt even mind being a probie again, even though Im sure I would have to endure my share of geritol and ben gay jokes
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    Quote Originally Posted by len1582 View Post
    Does anyone know what Camp Geiger is used for these days? I heard there haven't been any grunt units there for a long time. Maybe it's a snake farm. Those little ba$tard$ were always making their way into the barracks.
    len,

    Camp Geiger is the home of the East Coast School of Infantry. It is now accessed through the gate for MCAS New River. I know because I spent 6 months at New River in 2003, and the Geiger chow hall had much better food than the MCAS.

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    did just under 3 years Air Force firefighting ( I got out early for bad behavior )

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBRfiredog View Post
    did just under 3 years Air Force firefighting ( I got out early for bad behavior )
    Must have addressed his superiors by their rank instead of their first name.
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    Nah, he used regular batteries in the TV remote instead of alkaline....
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    Thumbs up

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    I did a little under 8 years active with the Navy.. out on an Honorable Discharge..

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    Got a foundation of firefighting from the extensive training i received from the Navy. Now i'm an Air National Guard Firefighter with the 148th Fighter Squadron.

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