ah64mech13

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    • ah64mech13

      Harumph

      5 months ago

      Well. this is new, and I don't like it. Our threads appear to have been nuked, and I'm annoyed. Harumph

    • ah64mech13

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday. I had a fun day of fixing aircraft for 14 hours. Yay for the MFO.

    • ah64mech13

      2 years ago

      3 weeks from DEROS, still don't have orders. Awesome.

    • ah64mech13

      yay!

      3 years ago

      Cairo!

    • ah64mech13

      3 years ago

      One hot summer in the early nineties, I was working as a summer extern for Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, a federal judge in Los Angeles. On a late morning in early July he abruptly walked into my office and said without preamble "Get your coat." Somewhat concerned that I was about to be shown the door, I grabbed my blazer and followed him out of chambers into the hallway. I saw he had already assembled his two law clerks and his other summer extern there. Exchanging puzzled glances, we followed him into the art-deco judge's elevator in the old federal courthouse, then into the cavernous judicial parking garage. He piled us into his spotless Cadillac and drove out of the garage without another word.

      Within ten awkward, quiet minutes we arrived at one of the largest VFW posts in Los Angeles. Great throngs of people, dressed in Sunday best, were filing into the building. It was clear that they were families '” babes in arms, small children running about, young and middle-aged parents. And in each family group there was a man '” an elderly man, dressed in a military uniform, many stooped with age but all with the bearing of men who belonged in that VFW hall. They were all, I would learn later, Filipinos. Their children and grandchildren were Filipino-American; they were not. Yet.

      Judge Lew '” the first Chinese-American district court judge in the continental United States '” pulled his robe from the trunk and walked briskly into the VFW hall with his externs and clerks trailing behind him. We paused in the foyer as he introduced us to some of the VFW officers, who greeted him warmly. He donned his robe and peered through a window in a door to see hundreds of people sitting in the main hall, talking excitedly, the children waving small American flags and streamers about. One of the VFW officers whispered in his ear, and he nodded and said "I'll see them first." The clerks and my fellow extern were chatting to some INS officials. The judge beckoned me, and I followed him through a doorway to a small anteroom.

      There, in a dark and baroque room, we found eight elderly men. They were too infirm to stand. Three were on stretchers, several were in wheelchairs, two had oxygen tanks. One had an empty sleeve where his right arm had been. A few relatives, beaming, stood near each man. One by one, Judge Lew administered the naturalization oath to them '” closely, sometimes touching their hands, speaking loudly so they could hear him, like a priest administering extreme unction. They smiled, grasped his hand, spoke the oath as loudly as they could with evident pride. Some wept. I may have as well. One said, not with anger but with the tone of a dream finally realized, "We've waited so long for this."

      And oh, how they had waited. These men, born Filipinos, answered America's call in World War II and fought for us. President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the men of the Philippines to fight, promising them United States citizenship and veterans benefits in return. 200,000 fought. Tens of thousands died. They weathered the brutal conditions under Japanese occupation, fought a valiant guerrilla war, and in some cases survived the Bataan death march.

      In 1946, Congress reneged on FDR's promise. Filipino solders who fought for us and their families were not given their promised citizenship, let alone benefits. Many came here anyway, had children who were born U.S. citizens, and some even became citizens through the process available to any immigrant. But many others, remembering the promise, asked that it be kept. And they waited.

      They waited 54 years, until after most of them were gone. It was not until 1990 that Congress finally addressed this particular stain on our honor and granted them citizenship. (They never received their promised benefits, and never will. Some received lump sum payments of up to $15,000 in 2009 under the unpopular stimulus bill, some 68 years after more complete benefits were promised. Most of the happy men I saw that day 20 years ago are dead.)

      Hence this July naturalization ceremony. After Judge Lew naturalized the veterans who were too weak to stand in the main ceremony, he quickly took the stage in the main room. A frantic, joyous hush descended, and the dozens of veterans stood up and took the oath. Many wept. I kept getting something in my goddamn eye. And when Judge Lew declared them citizens, the families whooped and hugged their fathers and grandfathers and the children waved the little flags like maniacs.

      I had the opportunity to congratulate a number of families and hear them greet Judge Lew. I heard expressions of great satisfaction. I heard more comments about how long they had waited. But I did not hear bitterness on this day. These men and their children had good cause to be bitter, and perhaps on other days they indulged in it. On this day they were proud to be Americans at last. Without forgetting the wrongs that had been done to them, they believed in an America that was more than the sum of its wrongs. Without forgetting 54 years of injustice, they believed in an America that had the potential to transcend its injustices. I don't know if these men forgave the Congress that betrayed them and dishonored their service in 1946, or the subsequent Congresses and administrations to weak or indifferent to remedy that wrong. I don't think that I could expect them to do so. But whether or not they forgave the sins of America, they loved the sinner, and were obviously very proud to become her citizens.

      I am tremendously grateful to Judge Lew for taking me to that ceremony, and count myself privileged to have seen it. I think about it every Fourth of July, and more often than that. It reminds me that people have experienced far greater injustice than I ever will at this country's hands, and yet are proud of it and determined to be part of it. They are moved by what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature to believe in the shared idea of what America should be

    • ah64mech13

      Happy Easter!

      3 years ago

      Hope everyone has a fun zombie Jesus day!

    • ah64mech13

      Egypt

      3 years ago

      Headed to Sinai in July. Peacekeeping something something, orange hats, blah blah blah. The excitment is underwhelming.

    • ah64mech13

      QOTD

      4 years ago

      As of this moment there are 2 20 year old kids shivering in a tent. Both Volunteered.

      One is in a Tent in an American City, whining about how “Bad Life Is”. One is in a Tent in Afghanistan, whining about how he he has to take Point when they cross the Wire and go after the Taliban.

      My sympathy lies with the Kid in Afghanistan.

      ...

      Comment 5 from Sayuncle

    • ah64mech13

      sea turtle

      4 years ago

      I'm gonna shoot one in the face, just to make me feel better about the annoying commercial on hulu. If I can't do that, then I'll start throwing fish hooks and crap in the ocean like confetti.

      Like some animal. Great, Don't bring them to my attention.

      I'm that terrible of a person.

  • Comments (81)

    • armeav8r

      4 years ago

      In reply to ah64mech13:

      don't blame you. I'd leave as fast as I could.

    • Havoc1

      4 years ago

      In reply to ah64mech13, #4:

      Well, WELL worth your time. Best shooting course I've ever taken.

    • your_funeral

      5 years ago

      It's a High-Standard GI.

    • armeav8r

      5 years ago

      In reply to ah64mech13:

      The TH-67 as shown in the Journal picture. I'm teaching primary. The civilian version is the Bell 206-B3 a.k.a. The Jet Ranger.

    • Havoc1

      5 years ago

      Will do my best to drink a beer for all. Nit picked though, it's not a happy day. Not for those of us who know the price.

    • Megan327

      5 years ago

      Probably GoldenZephyr...

    • Megan327

      5 years ago

      Wait... who told you?

    • armedhacker3

      5 years ago

      Hey guy I realized I might have overreacted to your thread...I'm going to hell anyway so it's cool

    • armeav8r

      5 years ago

      In reply to ah64mech13:

      I linked tomii? huh?

    • JediJesus87

      5 years ago

      I'm pretty sure a wrestler says that too, it may be rowdy roddy piper

    • JediJesus87

      5 years ago

      Shit, I actually have that game on my xbox.

    • JediJesus87

      5 years ago

      Yeah, I just find it weird that people would even do that. Though, then again I've seen some people that have slipped through the cracks and only got in because they could pass a PT test.

    • JediJesus87

      5 years ago

      I'm made of a bit better stuff to change allegiances for money.

    • JediJesus87

      5 years ago

      After that, you should be golden. I just had a little bit of student loans I needed to clear up and the army helped me with that once I joined. For the most part, they're looking for any type of thing somebody else could use against you. Weird, I know.

    • JediJesus87

      5 years ago

      Haven't deployed yet, still gotta make it out of redstone in a month and then I'm on to Eglin. If you're going for your TS clearance, you gotta make sure you have no financial problems and you don't have any major law enforcement violations (most people don't have 'em so I'm pretty sure you're good to go since you've already joined up). EOD is working out pretty freaking awesome since it seems to have a lot of sweet incentive pays that stack upon each other when you join up. Right when you enter class, you start getting demo pay and when you deploy you get incentive pay to stay EOD no matter what rank you are and I'm pretty sure another one since you deal with certain ordnance. I take it you want to go in as an MOS-T?

    • your_funeral

      5 years ago

      Yeah man, you ain't gotta sell me on that. I just gotta get my surgical wound all healed up so's I can take a PT test and then I will feel good enough about myself to try getting a Tango spot for reenlistment. I don't know how I'd get a flight slot, I thought that had a lot to do with the unit and progression. When are you going to Eustis? I was gonna go for a curtailment to my tour in Germany, not sure if I will get it given the fact that this second tour in Germany was because I put in for an IPCOT, but I was just going to end up PCSing to Hood to be closer to home. I don't know if I wanna wait till my January DEROS date to get the fuck out, so I might be talking to my reenlistment guy soon to see what the options are for a half-broken E-4 who eventually would like to be a 15T/faux-pilot/crew chief who can actually goddamn-fucking fly and get paid for it and get an M9 and cool stuff and be treated like an equal instead of the guy who cleans your windows and loads your MODE4 crypto.

      Fuck, quit reminding me why I have grown to hate my job so much.

    • your_funeral

      5 years ago

      But...but...I'll have to reenlist for that. I want it, but I haven't yet decided if it's worth it to reenlist for a new aviation MOS and possibly give up my chance for promotion anywhere in the near future. It really depends on what the points are like for 15T. If they are anything like the points for 15R, then I don't know. I'm only DA promotable right now which doesn't mean much when you're a Romeo.

      I have just begun tentatively running night shift here at Diamondback but one of our NCOs just got back off R&R so that's moot, and I don't think anyone noticed. How would you like a mission to go early on your night shift when you already launch one mission, recover two, and PMD and preflight with another? And those two that you recover, two of them have a PMS and one has a 50 hour due? And you can't do them because you're too busy taking APU oil samples because some fucktard forgot to do it before phase on three birds, and then pulling the 50 hour oil samples on a fourth bird and you have an early mission that is fucking you in the ass? And then the next shift's NCO comes in and punks you because you were in charge but you're an E-4 and he can tell you to do whatever he wants because your shift NCO is off and isn't there to back you up, so you have to stay 14 hours to help their asses with the inspections because they are lazy? Okay, yeah, it might be worth reenlisting for.

      tl;dr: I need to get promoted so I don't get punked and can back myself up when situations arise like above instead of just having to say, "yes, Sergeant," even when I am right, and I want to be a Tango but I'm not sure if it's worth reenlisting for and what the promotion points are like.

    • armeav8r

      5 years ago

      Shit. I thought it was gonna be expensive. Check on the way...

    • MarineTech Curmudgeon

      5 years ago

      Dirty old man?

      Me?

      Damn straight!

    • p3drit0

      5 years ago

      you never can be too sure...

    • p3drit0

      5 years ago

      you keep fixing the helos and i'll keep flying them. sure, mine don't have as many guns as yours, but it's the whole spirit of the thing

    • your_funeral

      5 years ago

      You're absolutely damn fuckin' right I am jealous. How in the world do you go from Apaches to getting to go up progression in UH-60 line company? Not fair. I want to trade my shitty M-16 in so badly for an M9 or even and M4, plus I want flight pay. But I already wear A2CUs. Now tell me how you did it so I can stop working on these shit birds and move on to something that pays for a change. And where I can shoot people.

      And the fact that your PC and QC aren't putting you through the fucking wringer and making you guys do up work orders for literally EVERYTHING that isn't your own company's work, also makes me jealous. I am serious. We have to do a work order for a 250 hr, and 500 hr, even 125 hrs and smaller inspections, also all unscheduled maintenance. It takes literally twice as long to get anything done because we have to put it in, and then wait for the appropriate platoon/shop to check their work orders, get parts and tools together, do their write-ups, etc.

    • armeav8r

      5 years ago

      Alas, I missed that connection. Silly me. smiley0.gif

    • your_funeral

      5 years ago

      Dude, I hope YOUR PC isn't fucking you over and making you do work orders through back shops and through them for EVERY task done on the aircraft, INCLUDING but not limited to routine ARMT inspections, routine Shops inspections, etc. Also, our PMS 2408-13-2 write-ups just got longer...from 37 write-ups to 71. These include the addition of retarded write-ups such as "opened pilot canopy door." Not to mention all the AWRs and AMAMs that just went to -2 as well.

      Kill me now, dude. Our PC and QC are really not getting that this makes us take twice as long for any maintenance task. Are your guys this stupid?

      Sorry, had to have some place to vent since my shift leader wouldn't want to hear it smiley0.gif

      Post edited 4/28/10 2:51AM

    • BaghdadBean

      5 years ago

      Hey, glad to see you're still kickin'.

    • dedbob71

      6 years ago

      The SFRT...Across from the inprocessing place...

    • your_funeral

      6 years ago

      Dude, it's every movie, not just Zombieland.

      We get movies so late here. And our theater sucks. I have trouble understanding why we don't get any movies in our theater until they are almost out on DVD, and on top of that, why it's second-rate film with more imperfections than normal, and shit sound.

    • armeav8r

      6 years ago

      Welcome aboard. Sorry but I can't put you on watch. I'm all out of watcher slots. We're all limited to 64.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      6 years ago

      Hey, if you're into millitary sci-fi and don't have anything aginst the USMC you should read Ian Douglas. His first 3 books are good human vs human conflicts in the near future, and the next three go further into the future aginst extraterestrials. After that, it's so far in the future it gets a bit wierd but it's still good.

      Another good series is the Axis of Time series by John Birmingham. It's pretty interesting. A US naval task force from 2020 gets sent back to Midway, and major ass-kicking ensues. Oh yeah, Hittler, Tojo, and Stalin get their hands on some tech just to make things fair.

    • DemoDiver79

      6 years ago

      No, I don't have to kill you, brother. LOL Opsec right now. I'll fill you in later. Today went well... I'm even surprised there's an internet cafe' in this third-world town. Oh, and a Dunkin' Donuts. Go figure. I'll post something in my journal for ya. Will explain more in the next couple days.

    • Blukey

      6 years ago

      Haha, Thanks man.

      Yeah, MN is where its at...
      ..and right now the weather is perfect.

      Thought it was going to snow 'til fucking May :|

    • armeav8r

      6 years ago

      No sweat buddy. Feel free to spread it around. smiley1.gif

    • dxgunny

      6 years ago

      hey i got some picks of a hollow point you might want to check out.

    • Havoc1

      6 years ago

      In reply to ah64mech13, #6:

      Don't leave my damn pilots out of it. 30 mm, Hellfire and rockets sends Haj to paridise real efficient like. At least then I wouldn't have to hear em bitch about flying patterns all day.

      Fuck those people.

      For Chaos!! Destroy! Destroy!

      AWT brother! Look it up!

    • dxgunny

      6 years ago

      nice i have a 870 with the speed feed pitol grip stock on it.

    • DadHavoc

      6 years ago

      Talk about stupid laws, in 1975 Chicago started going through their ordinances to eliminate or update obsolete ones. My favorite was, "diseased, maimed or ugly people will not be allowed to show their faces in the loop area."

    • DadHavoc

      6 years ago

      Oh my God! Mule skinners needing a license? What lengths have we come in making ridiculous rules and regulations? One of the federal railroad regulations I was looking at was about cell phones. The crew on an engine are not even supposed to have them in their possession however a rider/observer/passenger can and can also use it as required. Does that make sense?

    • dxgunny

      6 years ago

      i'm sure you heard that Obama wants to bring back the assault weapon ban. whats your take on that?

    • 82nd

      7 years ago

      the cake was deadly neurotoxins!

    • 82nd

      7 years ago

      I has pie...I launch it at you now

    • Havoc1

      7 years ago

      Bitch, bitch, bitch, "I wanna kill bad guys in the shit, get me in the shit, am I in the shit yet?" Ya get over there in the shit and now it's, "I want a ceremony, why can't we have a ceremony, are we having the ceremony yet?"


      Bwahahah!

      Not saying I wanted one...just that I sort of expected it. A simple, "Hey all you assholes, put your patches on!" would have sufficed.

    • your_funeral

      7 years ago

      How do you know you can't get a VD from the internet?

      Anything can happen these days.

      They got Obama elected, so I think it's finally safe to say you can get syphilis through a cat-5 cable and a few thousand miles of cyberspace.

    • crushed

      7 years ago

      Then youve seen the sticker.


      whats the weather ike right now? snow or just balls cold?

    • 82nd

      7 years ago

      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!

    • 1027duck

      7 years ago

      yer thats why i like it

    • JeffSon

      7 years ago

      going to these fucktard irresponsible CEO failures

      I absolutely agree with you. If they removed CEO severance packages from the deal and made the bailout money a high-interest, short term loan rather than a cash handout, I'd be behind it 100%. Until then, I'll oppose it at every available opportunity.

      Not that it will make a difference. They're going to do what they will regardless of what any of us little people have to say on the matter...

    • clownpuncher

      7 years ago

      Well, someone has to live the good life. B-dad has some nice things about it. The occasional sniper fire from Sadr City is a HUGE bonus. smiley0.gif

    • Linh Invisble

      7 years ago

      what did u mean by lucky bunny?

    • Linh Invisble

      7 years ago

      Thankyou for the image mods Ted ^^

    • BrownUSA

      7 years ago

      Nice! Congrats on makin' points, man!!! Ahhhh... Warhorse. My old stomping grounds they were smiley8.gif I spent 13 out of my 15 months at that glorious FOB. If you ever swing by the EOD "annex" out by the wire I helped build that from a dirt patch! Stay safe, bro, and come home so I can buy you a beer or two... or eighteen! smiley1.gif

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