Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 22:39:10 -0600
Subject: Days of our Lives #31
H A P P
Y T H A N K S G I V I N G
I returned from BEAR camp on Wednesday to find over 100 e-mails waiting to be read. First off, I did not get a black bear, but our camp got one near MIX Run. There were seven ex-coal miner hunters & one 18 year old in camp and we all had a GREAT time & the chow was excellent too. On Saturday I go to DEER camp for four days. Last year I shot a 12 point with a 21.5" spread & hope to repeat this year. The Continental Divide is about 10 miles from our Bear camp. Matt Bliss was the successful 18 year old & the TOM MIX state plaque is on the homestead beside a plot that is owned by Ronald Reagan- - -gH ********************************************************************************
I am in the process of getting the Holiday Inn reservation problem ironed out with Donna Centofanti and will keep y'all posted on the results. There is the matter of a contract that I have to sign before they will register anyone. So stayed tuned. We might be switching motels- - -gH xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
firstname.lastname@example.org/Sat/17No01/1801/The Real Story About Bulgarian Linguists at TUSLOG Det 27 MIXIE!! Sorry to have taken so long to address this issue. It seems that some people were completely taken in by youse guys -- but not the WOPA (that's the Warrant Officers Protective Association for the uninitiated). Soon after I arrived in Turkey, Elder R.C. Green mentioned the existence of a group within the ranks who were masquerading as of all things BULGARIAN LINGUISTS!!!!!!!! Of course I recognized chicanery when I saw it and decided to play it cool until I found out about this bunch of charletons. Rapidly I composed a TWX to WOPA questioning this startling state of affairs, and anxiously awaited an answer. It came in very soon and you'll believe me if I say I was not too startled to discover that our so called bulgars were in actuality CIA spies set on us to determine if we were in cahoots with the Red Menace we were targeting. Now you know why I didn't hassle you while you were performing your "Mission" in ops -- by the way since the mere existence of WOPA was classified as strict needless codeword, I never let even the Green Hornet in on my discovery, but he may have figured it out since the Bulgarian Language lends itself so poorly to intelligence. Never did know why all those 'SATELLITE" LINGUISTS WERE TRAINED ANYWAY WHEN WE ALL KNEW THAT ONLY THOSE OF US WHO WERE TRAINED IN THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE WERE REALLY LINGUISTS. - - - BY THE WAY - TO GET SERIOUS FOR A MINUTE - CONGRATULATIONS ON A FABULOUS CAREER IN THE NAVY!
THE SUPERCHIEF-GENE CRAM. ELDER--THIS SHOULD ALLAY YOUR FEARS THAT I WOULD LET CLARK OFF THE HOOK. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx email@example.com/To: Superchief3@msn.com/Cc: Elder RC Green/Sat/17NO01/2000/
Gene, You mean I spent 4 years active Army under the impression that my cover was fail proof and yet you knew after the first year? So much for life as a mole; I guess it's now safe to come out of the closet....? I selected the Navy on the second go around since I didn't want to meet up with any more First Sergeants. I'm sure you'll agree with me if I admit that my fabulous career in the Navy was solely due to my Bulgarian ruse while in the Army. It didn't require a whole lot of "Intelligence"
to harass doctors and chase the nurses and when I tired of that sport, I sat at my desk and ate pastries. If I ate less pastries and chased more nurses I'd still be at my Army weight; as it is, I'm starting to resemble a Bulgarian - fat and sassy. I enjoyed reading about everyone's careers. As I explained to Elder, any success I had after discharge was due to the four year Army enlistment
(needed maturity) and the truly dedicated officers and NCOs I met along the way. Success in the Navy wouldn't have been possible without the wonderful support (and a few kicks in the Ass) by the CPOs and enlisted petty officers I was so lucky to be stationed with. I thoroughly enjoyed both my Army and Navy career. Thanks for the superb RETORT to my harassing e-mail about code breakers. Clark
Gene Cram/To: Clark L. Bryan/El/Patty Green/Sun/18NO01/0127/2002TUSLOGDET27,66,4-4 Reunion
GOOD LORD WILLING AND THE CREEKS DON'T RISE (WHOSE A TENNESSEE EARNIE FORD FAN) I'LL MAKE IT TO HERSHEY NEXT SEPTEMBER. I LOOKED FORWARD TO THE LAST ONE WITH ENTHUSIASM BUT AM ALREADY GETTING FOAMED UP ABOUT THIS ONE....THE USE OF THE WORD FOAM IS AN INTENTIONAL REMINDER THAT THE SELECT FEW WHO WERE ASA ASSIGNEES CAME FROM THE TOP TEN PERCENT OF THE ARMY---AND EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THE TOP TEN PERCENT OF ANYTHING WORTHWHILE IS FOAM. ANYWAY MIXIE YOU HAVE TO COME NEXT TIME. YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE THE ENJOYMENT OUT OF SEEING HOW EVERYBODY ELSE HAS AGED SO MUCH IN COMPARISON TO YOURSELF--IT SHOWS YOU THAT YOU AREN'T THE ONLY ONE LIKE YOU THOUGHT. I'M NOT TOO SURE WHERE WEBSTER, NY IS BUT IT CAN'T BE TOO FAR FOR THE TIME WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. HOPEFULLY BIN LAUDEN AND HIS BASTARD COHORTS WILL BE NOTHING BUT A SORRY MEMORY BY THAT TIME. C.U.L REGARDS -- GENE CRAM/Dunnellon, FL xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
J. W. Heffner/Sat/17NO01/1039/TheMilitaryvsHollywood This one strikes a very, very sensitive nerve for me. If you havent seen it, read it through. Some of us can say, been there, done that. All I can say is Amen, and Amen.
On 12 Jan, Ms Cindy Williams (from Laverne & Shirley TV show) wrote a piece for the Washington Times denouncing the pay raise(s)coming service members' way this year-citing that the stated 13% wage gap was bogus. A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to get a bonus for this!
I just had the pleasure of reading your column of 12 Jan 01, "Our GIs earn enough," and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service & my bank ac taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through Windows' Calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10,490.40 after.
I work in the Air Force Network Control Center(AFNCC), where I am part of the team responsible for the administration of a 25K-host computer network. I am involved with infra structure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs for Network Technicians in the Washington, D.C. area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year, nor does it pay less than this. No, this job is being offered at $70K to$80K per annum. I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions. Also, you tout increases to Basic Allowance for Housing & Basic Allowance for Subsistence(housing & food allowances, respectively) as being a further boon to an already overcompensated force. Again, I'm curious as to where this money has gone, as BAH & BAS were both slashed 15% in the Hill AFB area effective in Jan 00.
Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you have NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces. Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional & DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off AFDC, WIC, & food stamps, suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers
headed for Saudi -- I leave the choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family & friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience." As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses & children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone- obviously they've been squandering the vast piles of cash the DOD has been giving them. Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a DFP (Defensive Fire Position, the modern-day foxhole), shivering against the cold desert night, and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to
everything. Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it.
You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your op-ed piece. But, tomorrow from Sarajevo, I will defend to the death your right to say it. You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe. We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the
private sector because we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies. And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve? Rubbish!
A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC
IF YOU AGREE, PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE & SHOW OUR SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN & WOMEN. THANK YOU.
THIS LETTER SHOULD BE APPLAUDED BY ANYONE WHO'S EVER SERVED OR HAD A FAMILY MEMBER SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES
Jim Heffner/San Jose, CA/98C/Det27/63-64 [[Jim - Did U get the Memory Book yet? If not, please inform. There is very little data underneath your name therein. I w/b most appreciative if U wud pre- pare a BIO on your TOUR of DUTY at Manzarali and then bring it up to date. In the near future I w/b adding pages to the first edition & wud like to include your info. Tks- - -gH
RicRalph@aol.com/Sat/17NO01/HappyThanksgiving Top and Patty--
Just wanted to wish both of you & your family a great Thanksgiving. The "girls" and I are going to LA for the holiday to be with some of Linda's family. Take care and God bless. Ralph Richter/Columbus,OH/05K/Det27/66-67 [[Tks Ralph- - -gH]] ******************************************************************************************************* JRKOVIC@aol.com/Sat/17NO01/ASAitems
Elder, I'd like to get a cap with the ASA patch on it. And, one of those little metal SSGT insignia's. Can you help? Thanks. [[Jim - Try a Army-Navy store in your area for the SSG E-6 insignia. I've ordered more Det 27 hats. Maybe, you'd like one of them as they have A S A embroidered in the middle and underneath TUSLOG Det 27 and above MANZARALI, TURKEY]] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ JHollRamon@aol.com/Sun/18NO01/2301/Rx'dMemoryBook gH,
Got the memory book on Thurs, 16 Nov. It downloaded just fine. Just took a quick scan and have it all wrapped for forwarding to Julian Hargus. It will go in the mail tomorrow. Thanks.
JohnHolland/MissionViejoCA/1Lt/Det/4-4/67-69/Col, USA(Ret) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Campdc@cbpu.com/To:firstname.lastname@example.org/Cc:ercgreen/Mon/19NO01/0755/2002Reunion Reservation
I WILL BE ATTENDING THE ASA REUNION AND REQUEST THAT A NON-SMOKING ROOM BE RESERVED FOR ME (& MY WIFE) FOR 13-15SE02 LarryCamp/ColdwaterMI/SP5/05H/Det/27&4-4/67-68
email@example.com/TO:ercgreen/Cbergmann@insp-engf.com/Mon/19NO01/1447/MemoryBookCD's and BEAR WARNING Sorry, I was in process of retiring and was slow to pass on the CD. So, I have mailed copies of the CD to everyone; i.e., Rick Corriveau, Ed Edwards & Elder. So, everyone on the list I got should get a CD to keep. They are in the mail.
Bear Warning: The Forest Service has issued a
BEAR WARNING in the national forests for this summer.
They're urging everyone to protect themselves by wearing bells
and carrying pepper spray. Campers should be alert for signs of
fresh bear activity, and they should be able to tell the
difference between Black Bear dung and Grizzy Bear dung. Black
Bear dung is rather small and round. Sometimes you can see
fruit seeds and/or squirrel fur in it. Grizzly Bear dung has
bells in it, and smells like pepper spray!
BillWalters/Mon/19NO01/0811/TheMemoryBookCD El, Rcvd the CD on Saturday, thank you and thank Jim Kovic for forwarding it....
BillWalters/FayettevilleNC/1Lt-Cpt/Det/27&4-4/65-68/Col, USA(Ret) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
James B. Moore, CPAfirstname.lastname@example.org/Elder RC Green/Mon,19NO01 08:57/2002 Reunion
Linda and I will attend the 2002 Reunion. Just tried to make a reservation at the Holiday Inn, but they couldn't do anything for me until after the contract was in place. Donna said she would call Bender today. See you soon. JimMoore/FairfaxVA/1Lt/Det/4-4/69-71
I will be going with my wife, Helen. So up me down for 2. JCBergmann/BayVillageOH/SP4/05H/Det/27/66-67 **************************************************************************************************** Daryl Waiteemail@example.com/Mon/19NO01/1755/Oliver North/Billets/etc
Elder: Re the recent e-mail about Oliver North. He hosts a talk show that is carried on our local station. He received and brought up this message, but did not outright verify it. Instead, he asked listeners to call in and say whether they believed or disbelieved it. Unfortunately, the local station uses this talk show as a filler and dropped it to carry a local ball game before he commented on it! Did anyone else hear this show & hear his comments on it? It would be interesting to hear his version and send it back down the channels this e-mail came from. Remember the Viet Nam days - avg of 250 casualties per week. We've been in Afghanistan a month with 0 battle casualties - at last report. Does this tell us that too many men get in each other's way? Or are we now fighting smarter instead of harder? DarylWaite/CarthageIL/SP4/Det/66/63-65
Michael Fisher/RehsifmjFisher@netscape.net/Mon/10NO01/2107/CD for Greg Kearney El,
I compiled the list you sent me along with the cap & shirts, and I included it & instructions for passing the CD along. You were to be the last stop. If you haven't received it yet, it must still be en route. That was over a month ago. Unfortunately, I don't have the list anymore. I believe the last stop before you was someone in Maine. I recall Kearney being on the list, so he should be getting it in the bye & bye. I sorta remember Joe Hodgsin, but like everything else, it's a little fuzzy. MikeFisher/SF/SP5/98C/Det/27&4-4/66-69 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------