Posted on Apr 7, 2022
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So currently I'm at Fort. Meade in Maryland for AIT . I graduate in June as a 25R, soon to be a 46T in October, and as of right now, my soft orders say I'm supposed to go to Fort Bragg in August. It's my first duty station, and I'm excited to go. My question is, what is, or has been, your favorite duty station?
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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Once upon a time the Army suckered SSG O'Mally, who had just had a HORRIBLE tour of duty and was dead-set on getting out, to re-enlist with two magical words: Melbourne, Florida.

My re-up NCO told me I had to re-enlist because I came down on orders. I told him where he could stick his orders. He insisted. I then used more colorful language. He told me to come see him when I got back from training. I went to see him, read the orders, and asked how soon I could re-enlist.

It was a magical place: A tiny detachment working at a civilian facility and living on the Air Force Base about 10 miles away. No duty rosters, motor pool Mondays (although there was ONE vehicle to maintain), formations for the sake of formation, or any other bureaucratic BS. Alas, that duty assignment ended far too quickly.
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SPC Team Leader, 1st Platoon
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Thank you for your response Sergeant. I live in Miami now and one of my duty stations I was hoping to get was somewhere in Florida, but alas, my MOS as a 25R isn't used anywhere down there from my knowledge. Honestly Melbourne sounds like an amazing dream assignment, especially in how you've described it. The formations are definitely my least favorite part of being in the training environment.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
SFC Casey O'Mally
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SPC (Join to see) I honestly don't even know if that detachment is still there. It was one MI Officer, one DA Civilian, one contractor, one maintainer, and six 96Hs (which no longer exist, they were merged into what is now 35G).
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SFC Dan Thomsen
SFC Dan Thomsen
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Ya when we arrived at Griffis it was standing up a new unit, we had no aircraft, no vehicles, just one Generator in our MTOE at that point. Ping pong playing all day long other then sweeping and mopping the tiny jet (joker) pod's they gave us for our aircraft it was one hell of an assignment. Made up for my first tour in Germany, I needed the healing.
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Sgt Ed Allen
Sgt Ed Allen
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SPC (Join to see) - Honestly, I think it is a good thing that you are going to be stationed elsewhere. When I went to school for my MOS in Quantico, VA, I requested Camp Pendleton, El Toro and 29 Palms for my duty stations. All duty stations in California. Camp Pendleton was only 3 miles from home. El Toro about 50 miles and 29 Palms was just over 100 miles.

After further reflection, and as I matured, I realized that the USMC moving me across country to Cherry Point, NC was actually a good thing. It forced me to become more reliant on myself and to have to learn to be on my own. If I had gotten stationed in California, I would have still tried to hang with my friends who never went anywhere. Many of them are still living within 5 miles of where we grew up.

I had some really good friends in the Marines who got stationed close to home and a few of them never did grow up. Every weekend they would go home to mom and dad. The maturity was lacking and was quite obvious as time passed.

You are in uniform now. I hope you get stationed in places that you would have never dreamed of going before. It is your chance to grow and to learn to appreciate different environments, different people and, yes, different cultures EVEN if you stay in the US. Trust me, North Carolina and Southern California are about as different as night is from day. I experienced culture shock when I got stationed at Cherry Point. I went from a "small" town of only 60,000 people to living in a county that only had about 60,000 people. And 12,000 of that was Marines and their families.

Enjoy the opportunity to grow. Experience new things. There will always be plenty of time to go back home. The difference will be that you will have much better stories to tell than they will.
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SFC Dan Thomsen
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Griffis AFB, NY while in Army Aviation. Can I just say, the Air Force knows how to feed their people!
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SFC Dan Thomsen
SFC Dan Thomsen
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I enjoyed the career. Blackhawks are great aircraft to get in on and if you can get into Crew Chief you make a we little more with flight pay and stuff as well. For the most part, no rank in flight (so it doesn't get in the way of feeling you can't communicate anything needed so you are truly part of a crew. I would recommend it highly.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
SFC Casey O'Mally
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I ate most of my meals at home. But on the rare occasions I stopped by the DFAC, I mean the Cafeteria, food was top notch. And service was great too.
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SSG Robert Pratt
SSG Robert Pratt
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Back in the late 70's, I was stationed at Panzer Kaserne in Germany with the 1st ID (Fwd). Patch Barracks was just a short drive from Panzer and it hosted a major command at the time. The mess hall was run by the Air Force and I will say it was the best one I ever ate in (more than once!) during my 20.
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SGT James Colbert
SGT James Colbert
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yes..we used to fly out of there from Drum all the time..I spent many a time sleeping on that tarmac
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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In 1964-65 , I Was Stationed At OSAN AFB, South Korea...
BEFORE The Roads Were Paved, When We Lived In Quonset Huts, The Tiny Down Town Of Osan Was Constructed Mostly, From Scrap Materials Collected After The War, And It Was An Adventure In History....

I Hooked Up With A South Korean Soldier; QUAN,Who Escorted My Butt All Over South Korea, Even To Several Mountain Communities Where They'd Never Seen Anyone EXCEPT Other Koreans & Blue Eyes Were Fascinating....
Google Osan Now & You'd Think You Were Down Town Los Angeles...
Sorry Kids, Ya Missed Some Great Adventures..

PLUS Several Chogie Flights To Japan (Chogie Flights = Short Flights)...
For My Services I Was Issued Base Pay, Over Seas Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, And Isolated Hardship Duty Pay .. Added All Together: Totaling : $173.00 Per MONTH; In MPC...(Military Pay Currency)

I Signed Up ON My 17 Th Birthday (06/29/1961) So I Was STILL 20 Years Of Age Upon Honorable Discharge On 06/10/65 Making It A Several Days Wait To Legally Buy A Beer When I Hit 21..
Life's A Blast IF You Let It Happen & Don't Try Screwing Around With It......
As John Lennon Once Stated "Life Is What Happens To You While You're Making Other Plans"
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