Posted on Feb 10, 2015
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I just threw my name in the hat for a deployment. I'm a ANG member and I would like to hear the best and the worst stories of deploying with Guard members.


Aaaaaaaaand go!
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SGT Edward L.
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Edited 5 y ago
Inappropriate relationships, inappropriate relationships everywhere! lol
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SrA Jay Strauser
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The best Pilots I worked with in Desert Storm were Guard members. Maybe because they lived I those aircraft for the big airline companies. One pilot was able to bring a plane home with just two engines on one wing. The other two on the other side were gone. Still not sure how he did that.
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SGT Edward L.
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SrA Jay Strauser, I have to concur with you sir. I remember being on an Air Assault operation in Iraq when we nearly "Black" on food and water after about 3 days. Dust storms in the area had caused just absolutely terrible visibility and flight conditions. The only flight crew in the area that would relieve us was a National Guard group that was so far away they were stretching the fuel capacity on their Blackhawks. But damned if they didn't fly right right into the "eye of the storm" to drop off a few pallets of water and Pop-Tarts to a Troop of hungry scouts dug deep into their foxholes.
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COL Ted Mc
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SrA Jay Strauser As far as the "Log Boys" are concerned, I'll agree with you. The USAF simply doesn't have the budget to allow its transport pilots to accumulate the same number of hours as the commercial airlines do. (Which isn't to say that there aren't some real hot USAF log-pilots, just that, on average, the commercial flyers have more hours.)

On the other hand, if it comes to "Ground Support" PLEASE don't send me anyone except a REAL professional who actually knows what they are doing and not some "hot-shot" ANG/Res pilot who thinks that he/she is "God's Answer to the Man on the Ground's Prayer". [In fact, if it can be arranged, could you please send me a Regular Force USMC pilot in an A-10?]
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SrA Jay Strauser
SrA Jay Strauser
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COL Ted Mc Sir, I was not trying to down play any USAF Pilot. They all have my respect. Actually I think it may have been mutual since I was a Jet Engine Mechanic. I hope that my comment did not come off as down playing any USAF pilot. My favorite two pilots that I ever knew were Active Duty fighter pilots. One was a Col who was the Deputy Commander of Maintenance while I was at Kunsan Air Base Korea. He flew F-4 led sleds in Vietnam. Ejected too many times and had to fly a desk. He carried pictures of his Harley's in his wallet and the little green truck he drove in had a Harley sticker in the back window. A huge sticker. The other was a Capt. at the same base. He was in a upside down flat spin and came out of it and lived to tell about it. I didn't ask him anymore questions after that. I just did whatever he told me to do.
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CMSgt Socom J2/Tsoc Reserve Program Manager
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My last deployment was with 4 separate Security Forces Guard Units (TX, CA, DC, MN) brought together. I was the outsider as the onsie augmentee and solo Intel guru for FP mission.

The plus was they were like clockwork. They knew each other inside and out and could execute their missions like a well-oiled machine.

The minus was that they knew each other inside and out. Had A LOT of drama and history that came with them from CONUS. There was always a "back story" that someone was willing to share essentially putting all the business out there irrevocably.

Overall, I had a great experience and grew to be part of the family. :)
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