Aidan_Pryde

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from Del Rio, TX

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    • So... wow!

      9 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      I know that I have been absent for a while, but the AF does that to some folks. So here is the update!

      Commissioned last May. Activated in November. Lived in a Hotel for a month and ten days before Govt dorms opened up. Went back to school for ASBC in Feb for a month. Then spent a long five weeks battling 25 knot winds gusting 40 at IFS in Pueblo CO. And now, a year and some change after I pinned on the butter, I'm starting UPT in two weeks!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!

    • It's Only Love

      11 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      I thought I'd post a little something going through my head right now. This might seem weird at first, but hey, it's my journal, and the mods can talk to me. Heh, ehm, just kidding?!

      On with it.

      It’s Only Love.

      Three simple words… often not the three that you would expect to hear, yet just as powerful as the usual. But I’m getting ahead of myself. My name is Jon. I often sit and think about just how powerful those three words were… are to me. But also, and perhaps more importantly, to one whom I think of as my brother. We did not feel very close at first… Hell, we couldn’t even communicate effectively the first few weeks of our friendship. We just had this unspoken bond. I had intended to share that with my own children at some point, but lately things don’t seem very likely to pan out in such a way. Maybe with this little tale, I can help share my experience with you, and that you will also know that it only takes one thing, one event, one choice to change the course of a life.

      I’m not one to usually take risks. Well… that statement is not entirely accurate. There are certain circumstances that warrant erratic, and perhaps foolish, behavior. Now was one of those times.
      I was late. I know that sounds ridiculous, but when you are suddenly under attack, and you are late to your squadron, things tend to bite you in the intelligent center of your brain, and you go a little dumb.

      This particular incident was one that would have great influence over my life, though at the time, I was too focused on trying to make it to the Security Forces offices on the base. Which particular base is not really important, but I was late, and the mortars were waiting for no one.

      I was a brand new 2nd Lieutenant in the 82nd SF squadron in the United States Air Force. I was anxious to get in the thick of it, and begin my career. At twenty three, I had a lot to work on, and my first sergeant really had his work cut out for him. Trying to keep the base secure with forty airmen under him and a new, wet-behind-the-nose 2LT following him around like a lost puppy was certainly a hard job. But I knew that he could handle it. He had over 20 years experience in the Air Force, where I was just beginning my first active duty year.
      They certainly didn’t train us for a mortar shell exploding on your hummer in Basic’s self-aid and buddy care. I was out of the driver’s side of the vehicle and flat on my face before I knew what hit me. The shell landed in the rear right side of the truck, and the resulting explosion threw me clear through the driver door and out of the wreck.

      After my truck got hit, I just remember covering my head with my arms and lying as still as I could. I think the aggressors that attacked my base finished their job, or ran out of ammunition, because there were no more shells after that. Or none that I remember anyway. For a long while, I stayed in my little shallow body cast of dirt, just reflecting, I had just survived a mortar attack in a hummer. I was certain that the reminder of my day would be a bit less traumatic.
      As soon as the thought hit me, I shivered. It was pretty violent; enough so, that I sat up and took in my surroundings. There was an up-armored hummer coming towards my position at a very high rate. As soon as I was able to pick them out, the gunner of the hummer jumped half way out of the dorsal firing platform, raised his hands in clear shock, and dove in for a brief second. I saw the hummer swerve for a brief fraction, and then continue on its previous high speed intercept mission to my location.

      Before the crew, my crew, arrived I took stock of my surroundings. The debris from my hummer was smoldering all around me, almost forming a perfect circle of junk with myself as the epicenter.

      The hummer finally closed, and one of my flight sergeants jumped out of the hummer and ran to me.

      “LT! HOLY SHIT LT! We thought you just bought it!†The sergeant was clearly shaken up. His face, normally a healthy suntanned brown, was almost white. I sat back and rose to stand, feeling like the morning after a good leave. I could tell there was massive bruising internally and externally; just breathing hurt.

      I took in the rescue party, and noticed one of the junior airmen standing next to the hummer with his weapon hanging from the three-point sling. His jaw matched his weapon, until he slowly moved his hands to one of the pockets on his uniform blouse. He produced a pack of cigarettes and lit one up. I have never seen a person go through a smoke in two drags, but this kid of no more than 18 finished one like it was air. I don’t know what possessed me, the stress or the realization that I just survived 50 millimeters of high explosive, but I staggered over to him, and took the new cig from his hands just as he lit it, and took a long drag. I let the acrid smoke fill my lungs, and let it out slowly.

      “Damn LT. I guess that’s a good enough reason to start if I’ve ever seen one.†I considered the sergeant’s words while twirling the smoldering cig in my fingers.

      “I guess you’re right. By the way, I don’t think we’ve been introduced. I’m Jon Fowler, your new section Lieutenant.†I finished and presented the sergeant my hand. He took it only after a moment’s pause.

      “Tech Sergeant Dwayne Sims. Hellova first day, huh sir?†I shared a grin with the sergeant, and then we both started laughing. We only stopped because the airman, who I noticed was the gunner for the hummer, cleared his throat.

      “Uh, sir? Sergeant? I think that we are due back to the CP.â€Â

      We shook it off, and mounted up. I was hoping that my tardiness would be dismissed on account of my ride being destroyed by enemy fire, and that my day would be salvaged. I was mistaken.
      continued in comments

    • Uh, I guess I'm still Alive?

      11 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      Hi everybody. I realize that there is a huge hype going on around the gaming community right now about something that sounds like Halo, oh what was it, 5? No, that's not right, uh 2? No. Right. Well, if you haven't already figured it out, I haven't played it yet. I know, shocker! Actually, Life kinda has a great way of coming up and kicking you right in the nuts, and has recently with me. Now, I'm not trying to say that I'm a masochist, but I don't really mind this, seeing as I need to focus on my future job, overseeing many airmen and, you know, their lives, so mine has taken the back seat for now. I have a new job since returning from Maxwell AFB, and it's my life right now. So hopefully, with a break coming up this weekend, I'll finally get to indulge in some Multiplayer action, whilst "Finishing the Fight" with the 50 million of the rest of you. WIth that, I bid you all fare well, and good night.

      P.S. If there are any prospective USAF Pilots out there, good luck! I'll be waiting with baited breath like the rest of y'all.

    • WOO HOO!

      12 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      Back into the swing of things. On a side note, I was pretty much handed the PFO job this semester, so every morning, 0530, I'm up with the troops calling out exercises. Should be interesting if they let me bring out some combat conditioning. We're doing it over seas, so I shouldn't have too much opposition. Anyway, that's the current update! Hope this finds all in good heath and spirits!

    • Tis the Season...

      12 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone here at RvB a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! and a Happy New Year! May your days be merry and bright! And may all your Christmases be Bright! I know I messed that one up, but I believe Joy is more improtant than snow.

    • All's well and Jody...

      12 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      Alright, news. Well, I have joined the AFROTC program here at my college. Look us up, The Dirty Dozen at Det. 012. We don't have a great homepage yet, so I'll wait to post a link till later. I've obtained speical permission to join, on account of me being a junior in the sophomore level of AFROTC. Field Training is going to be a blast. It's basically Officer Boot. I will probibly have more updates on this matter. There is a steady lack of updates on here as is.

    • A Tribute

      12 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      I know there are many who were directly and indirectly affected by the events of five years ago. Our prayers go out to our troops, our families, and our leaders. May the strong grow stronger, and the spirit of patriotism be seen far and wide. NEVER FORGET!

    • Happy Fourth of July!

      13 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      Hey everybody! I know that I don't update much here, but I have to tell you that I wish all a wonderful Independence Day! Don't burn yourselves!
      God Bless America!

    • ODE TO THE NICE GUYS

      13 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      This rant was written for the Wharton Undergraduate Journal

      This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girls every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

      This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once theyre at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow dont end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

      This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldnt worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree youd ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didnt have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing serious between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and she flirted shamelessly with you, justifying each fit of reckless teasing by announcing to everyone: oh, but were just friends! And even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because youre nice like that.

      The nice guys dont often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys dont seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I cant. From what I have observed on campus and what I have learned from talking to friends at other schools and in the workplace, the only conclusion I can form is that many girls are just illogical, manipulative bitches. Many of them claim they just want to date a nice guy, but when presented with such a specimen, they say irrational, confusing things such as oh, hes too nice to date or he would be a good boyfriend but hes not for me or he already puts up with so much from me, I couldnt possibly ask him out! or the most frustrating of all: no, it would ruin our friendship. Yet, they continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. I cant figure out why the connection breaks down between what they say (I want a nice guy!) and what they do (Im going to sleep with this complete ass now!). But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesnt last forever. There are definitely many girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

      So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know youre sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming.

      Fu-zu Jen, SEAS/WH, 2003

    • ...

      13 years ago

      Aidan_Pryde

      And if they lay us down to rest...
      ...Tell our moms we done our best.

      For some reason, this spoke to me. I don't know why, but it did. Flame me if you want, but I was curious as to what others might think.

  • Comments (71)

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      Just saw your message. To answer, yes I have considered UPT. However the only things I would fly these days are the A-10 or a Blackhawk. I'm enjoying the tactical world too much to leave it now.

    • taelonso

      10 years ago

      u look like a good warrior u should join the group army of life and death

    • Titanroller

      10 years ago

      I'm not originally from Marietta, I live right behind Dobbins ARB, where I'm stationed. My house is directly below the flight path, all the aircraft fly directly over my house. Ah, the sound of freedom....

      I'm originally from a little town called Royston, it's about 30 minutes or so above Athens.

    • Titanroller

      10 years ago

      I have a big DNIF stamp, and it has your name on it, amigo.

    • Titanroller

      10 years ago

      Hey, kid, if you want to be my friend, Make some comments on my journals, my pics, etc.

      Do that and you got it amigo. smiley1.gif

    • Titanroller

      10 years ago

      Hey Lt, thanks for the support, but I'm neither.

      I'm an Aeromedical Evacuation Specialist. aka combat flight medic

      We fly in around in C-130's and C-17's, picking up the wounded and taking them to better care.

    • Neoma

      11 years ago

      Summarizing you.

    • Raynos Wild Eagle

      11 years ago

      I'm with you, I'm a civilian pilot, commercial. I really don't want to be replaced by a toaster, either.

    • Ryan9

      12 years ago

      Will you please join my contest. I will be needing 24 donations if u will tell
      your friends about this contest and thay join u will get a higher % rate to win thank you and have a great day.

    • Renegade

      12 years ago

      How's the training treating ya?

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      she's more than cute! S11.gif

      but she's mine! grrrrr! S09.gif

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      wait? what did i get the "good job sir" for?

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      you know, you can come online and hone your skills too S07.gif

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      those are the BT Davion CoC rules.

      You need NetMech4 which you should be able to download from the main page. We use year 3070 which is partly MP2.1a, which NM4 will get for you. You need to have your Mercs at PR1 before using the NM4 updater. You need to download that updater and put it in your Mercs folder then run it. I would create a shortcut for it on your desktop as well.

      I don't know of anything that will hinder your performance.

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      everything is setup in ISW, you are now registered with house davion and you're ready for training (basically just dropping and learning about house davion). S03.gif

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      I sent you a PM. Look in the upper right of the webpage for "1 New Messages"

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      no problem Aiden. Glad to point any new guys to ISW S11.gif

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      www.iwars.com

      did i ever steer you wrong?

    • Ironkatana

      12 years ago

      Just relaxing really, nothing much.. lol.

    • Ironkatana

      12 years ago

      Sup?

    • Ironkatana

      12 years ago

      Hey! Good to see you again lawl.

    • Ironkatana

      12 years ago

      Hello. I just a 360 a couple of days ago.

      Can I borrow that awesome Full Metal Panic pic?

    • Steel_Viper

      12 years ago

      Because you opened this you will get kissed on Friday by the love of your life. Your crush will ask you out. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't send this to at least 10 people by midnight tonight you will have bad luck in your love life.Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way. The only reason someone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you. There are at least 2 people in this world that would die for you. You mean the world to someone. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look again. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget the rude remarks. So if you are a loving friend, send this to your friends, including the person that sent it to you. Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they like you. Something good will happen to you at 1:00-4:00 pm tomorrow, it could be anywhere. Get ready for the biggest shock in your life. Copy and paste and Send this to 15 people in 15 minutes

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      Battletech the Series

      You are going to like this.

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      i don't know. i doubt PA has too many cercumstances to allow for a candidate to have a CC license. and I doubt "protection so i can walk the streets at night" is one of those reasons.

    • messenjah

      12 years ago

      thanks man

      im thinking of getting it tattooed on the back of my neck

    • OASAAS

      12 years ago

      i turn 21 5 months ago.

    • hrh1218

      12 years ago

      thanks . whats your fav gun ??

    • Ironkatana

      12 years ago

      Things are pretty good here in Winchester. You?

    • Ironkatana

      12 years ago

      Hello there.

    • LightFire

      13 years ago

      oh, hre's a picture you may find funny....
      The Nova Kitty

      - and -

      MORE Nova Kitty

      I donno, just thought a Battletech fan such as you would enjoy this! ^_^!

    • LightFire

      13 years ago

      more like ths jaguars have a stargate O.o!

      but it's more like an earth colony(pretty much IS) protomech, with an EC elemental....why the marine AND the elemental are on the same side trying to kill grievous in one of my OTHER pics....

      but yeah, this is yet ANOTHER one of my great, conglomerate fan-art pics...

    • Renegade

      13 years ago

      Hey are you reading the Dark Age series?

    • Jalexhall198

      13 years ago

      Sir, i salute you to your ode to the nice guy.

    • holy_ghost

      13 years ago

      Hey, where in B'ham do you live?

    • Crunchbite36

      13 years ago

      he`s cool!

    • ecjulien

      13 years ago

      Nate's cat, Peanut, is very ill. He is very sad about it, and I would just like to get community support in well wishes sent to him. Thank you. smiley12.gif

    • OASAAS

      13 years ago

      groups.msn.com/BattleTechClanSeaFox/battlemechreference.msnw?albumlist=2

      all MP3 'Mechs are in.

      need to add info on them yet

    • Aidan_Pryde

      13 years ago

      Was most definately not me then.

    • MofuggerX

      13 years ago

      Ah well, either way that guy sucked major ass. smiley6.gif

    • Aidan_Pryde

      13 years ago

      Nah, he must be a fan of mine. The campus network will not let me connect to play. Stupid post secondary education!

    • MofuggerX

      13 years ago

      Wait a minute...

      "{J4}Aidan Pryde" from MechWarrior 4: Vengeance? =/

    • Player_Calo

      13 years ago

      It could be, but I actually haven't bothered to check and see if it was. lol.

    • OASAAS

      13 years ago

      THE NEW....MEKTEK MECHPACK.....IS OUT! AND IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!

      you get to pilot/be 53 new units!

      I say "be" because YOU CAN BE INFANTRY AND BATTLE ARMOR!

    • microphone

      13 years ago

      Stupid clans. Always having to come in, disrupt our wars, bring us new mechs, and then fail to hold Terra. You half assed the invasion! lol, nice name bro.

    • Aidan_Pryde

      13 years ago

      Ok. I think that my cousin might have a DS, but I cannot be sure.

    • Player_Calo

      13 years ago

      Jon, I have a request.
      If you know anyone who has a DS or a PSP, have them check out this fourm topic -> RVB Skins. Thanks man!

      ~Rob

    • Player_Calo

      13 years ago

      Sorry for the bad link, Jon. Here's your award...again. lol.
      TheAwesomelyAwesomeAward.jpg
      If you want this on your profile, just ask.

      ~Rob

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