Posted on Feb 20, 2020
SPC Richard Zacke
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I served from 1978 to 81 and when someone says thank you for your service I feel like I'm stealing the thunder of the troops that are seving in these two wars. Mainley because I don't remember anyone saying it before. I remember being called baby killer or being spit at.
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Lt Col Robert Canfield
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As I remember it, the 60s-80s were peak decades of the cold war. One of the key missions was nuclear deterrence...i.e. convincing the Soviets that engaging in ANY type of nuclear exchange would be a very bad idea. Its a scenario where both parties lose (although one may lose more than the other), or... both parties win. It involved keeping a strong, active force that could respond rapidly under a variety of scenarios. Fortunately a nuclear WWIII never occurred and many would say that, in the end, the US won more than the Soviets. But, again deterrence worked and the unthinkable did not occur. Sun Tzu said that it is best to win without conflict. I think that applies to the cold war. Whenever folks say that the US was not engaged in any major conflict during the 70s and 80s (after Vietnam), I remind them of what could have occurred if the US and NATO had not put forth a credible deterrent. A deterrent that required effective weapon systems, well trained personnel, and a commitment to win....and that's not chopped liver. If you served during those years then you deserve a handshake & a word of thanks. The world would be so much worse had the cold war deterrence mission failed.
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PO2 Lawrence Moody
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SSgt (Join to see) - Whether or weather... that is the question..
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PO1 Terry Scott
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Looks like a few of you watch CNN. Gorbachev did not willing take down the Iron Curtain. After all those years of never solving a problem so it can be managed and then manage you Reagan called the democrats bluff. He shamed Europe into not financing the USSR's bad economy and then worried them with a 600 ship navy and despite the name calling Star Wars scared the crap out of the politburo. The USSR went broke, the politburo went home and traded their military jackets for suits and went back to their seat. Go watch some East German shopping videos. In line all day at the potato store only they were out when most got there. At least the Russians loved their children and didn't want to see them die unlike some of the middle Easterners and quite a few of the lefties in this country rewriting history. There is this battle of control freaks with their central controlled government. Read about Wilson letting his New Dealers control the response to WWI and the economic lack of recovery after the war when his wife was in charge just like Jill today. Then Roosevelt let his New Dealers turn a rescission that most of the world was getting over into a depression "The Forgotten Man". He was smart enough to not let them run the economics for WWII. There is more to history than "WE WON." We almost had our asses handed to us a number of times and if we continue down this path it will at best be dicey. Just like when the world abandoned the British Pound as the trade standard and the Brits froze because they couldn't afford the coal mined in Briton. Now we have our GREEN NEW DEALERS selling the same old crap. Just ry to buy some coal while China opens 12 new giant coal power plants.
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SFC Ron Gitzendanner
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Should I feel guilty? I served in the 60's, but also in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Hell NO, I do not feel guilty about any of my service time. Why should I????
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MSgt Walter Thomason
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SSgt (Join to see) - I agree with you 100 percent. I studied meteorology in high school and when I went into the Air Force, I couldn't decide between meteorology and electronics. I chose weather equipment because it was the best of both worlds. I spent a lot of time learning from the weather folks. A lot goes into weather, and many aspects are unpredictable by a computer or man. I was there when they tried the software to predict the weather. I don't think the software lasted for 30 days. It was highly inaccurate and a danger to flight safety. So, if the software can't predict 24 hours accurately, how can software predict years accurately? In other words, there is no definitive way to prove man-made global climate change.
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LTC John Griscom
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You served; you earned it.
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SPC Michelle Wells
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Thanks for giving me a different perspective for my service. I was on Germany and remember all of the alerts and people who didn't want us there. We were always prepared for a Russian invasion.
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SGT Philip Adam
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SPC Michelle Wells - Earlier 69 I was assigned to an infantry unit at Kirchgoens?? and went to Radio Teketrype/Crypto School in Frankfort. My unit was suppose to be a delaying unit in the event of Communist forces coming thru the Fulda Gap. We all carried commando knives and ran thru our company areas. Don't get caught without your knife. I thought we might delay them more by surrendering. Lol. Memories/ Welcome home. There are/were times when duty is just being ready. Service is what counts. You served. You were ready for whatever could or did happen. American Service Person. Soldier, Salior, Airman or Marine. You can be proud.
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SFC Terry Wilcox - Thank you Terry. Sorry for YOUR pain!!!
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PO1 Ken Helmick
PO1 Ken Helmick
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I am proud to have served but must admit that I always feel a little embarrassed when someone thanks me for my service. I think this is because I volunteered and was paid for my efforts. I honestly never felt that serving in the military was a particularly special thing ... but rather it was something that should be considered a normal part of being a citizen. It seems like being thanked for doing what should be done.
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One should never be ashamed for serving. It's that simple. Civilians don't understand what it means to fight for your buddies on the 9 and 3 o'clock. They don't understand hold at all cost orders because another unit is counting on yours. They don't understand the bond and love we have for each others as we train hard, fight hard, and share pictures of our families. They don't know what we are willing to sacrifice on behalf of our buddies and the country. We understand it, they do not. We should keep our heads up high regardless of where you served.

Nobody should be punished when the deity favors and smiles upon some military members in this random universe of chance. When someone exhibits guilt in regards to not going to war while I converse with the person, I tell the person that I am glad you did not go to Vietnam. Don't sweat it. It was not your time to go. I am glad you did not go.

I can sort of empathize with guilt. Sometimes it bothers me and humbles me when I think that I never experienced a war like WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney - The GOP politicians are absolutely stupid for pushing for such restrictive abortion laws. You would imagine they would be smart enough to realized that majority of Americans do not support such restrictive abortion laws.
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On This Issue, I've Always Been Pro-Choice.
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No Different Than Saying: "You're Not Capable Of Making Your Own Decisions".
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney - It was pitiful when the state of Ohio would not grant an abortion to a 10-year-old girl. They want a young child to have a baby. She is not physically ready to birth a baby. WTF!
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