Posted on Mar 11, 2015
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We all have at least one, if not 10000, stories where you learned something but totally never thought anything but "did that just happen?"? Post your favorite. Do not forget to include any lessons learned by those involved (or scratching their heads and were watching it all unfold).

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This is not the craziest, but.....

....being expected to develop a roadmap and long-term plan without a defined end-state or even defined goal to guide the plan development. Yep. Just happened. Literally building a plan to nowhere. Might actually find the edge of the World with this one.
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CPT Zachary Brooks
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This happens to me daily in my civilian job. Did you at least get some guidance?
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CPT Zachary Brooks That's a big negative, Sir. However, we are splitting up the work now since it conflicted with other priorities. We are just basically going to line out what the current capabilities are and how they can be utilized and let the 357 shop have at it. If they want us to do further work after that, we are going to need more guidance. In my mind, it's frustrating but I also welcome the chance to do something unique and show that even with such jacked up parameters, that we can still make magic happen. I just hope that we don't have to develop 30-something COAs to support this.
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I will add...thankfully, this is not coming from those we work with directly, but a slap-dash program coming from much higher based on a newly assigned initiative that they are probably finding ill-defined as well. I don't think that the blame lies with anyone one shop or person in particular. It seems like one of those situations where everyone is driving to push things as fast as possible since this priority just fell in our laps and our doing the best with what they have in front of them. However, strategic guidance would definitely help make this more efficient and ensure that the plan was actionable. In the meantime, we will keep submitting the RFIs and doing a helluva job providing a great professional product that can actually be utilized.

Now...if you want to hear about a Charlie Foxtrot....try being the 20th assessment of a site when crunch time happens and they realize ta 19 other assessments failed to provide actionable information that actually fit the scope of the mission. That happened too. Thankfully, we knew the desired end state, had great support, and were able to validate a lot of information. That made that work very enjoyable...even if we were magic number 20!
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MAJ Terry LaFrance
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hee hee, just setting here chuckling, the joys of staff work
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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We're in Australia as our "good" (REALLY GOOD) port of call on a WestPAC.

BLT CO gives us a brief the day before we get there, basically the safety brief, which includes: buddy system, don't get into fights, wrap your tools, etc. His final words though were,

"Get back to the ship under your own power, with no cops chasing you, and and you're 'safe.'" (basically no paper work. Anything that happens will be informal.)

It had been a long float. One of my buddies was blitzed to the point of near incoherence. Walked up the gangplank, showed his ID, saluted the OOD "Request permisshion to go night night! Shir!" The PO3 standing there says granted, and my buddy, drops like a sack of potatoes.

The Master at Arms comes running over about to light us all up. One of the BN O's on duty stops him and waves us "away" (get out of here while I take care of this).

Lesson learned: If the BN CO says you're safe when you get on the boat, you're safe.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS sounds like it was alright mate!
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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MAJ (Join to see) we were stormed in for an extra 3~ nights in Sydney. Australia is amazing.
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MAJ Terry LaFrance
MAJ Terry LaFrance
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Did my 2 week RnR in Oz, helps when you have a girl there waiting too. :-D
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eh.... There once was this time on RallyPoint when people on RP who post allot got made at people like MAJ (Join to see) for posting funnier and more popular post. He kept getting more attention though he clearly did not care but in the name of everyone else complained and had his very funny but interesting posts hidden. Now he very cleaverly incorperates his wonderful and beautfiully funny MEMEs into his posts. Seriously his post are funny but not as funny as the pot calling the kettle black. eh... God bless you MAJ (Join to see) may you too reach the top. Because even CW5 (Join to see) knows MAJ (Join to see) has skills. Eh.........?
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No ---r there I was sleeping when I woke up being tagged in every post by this guy on Rally Point....
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CPT Zachary Brooks
CPT Zachary Brooks
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I thought we were to leave names out of it?
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MAJ Executive Officer
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MAJ (Join to see) it was in good fun.
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MAJ (Join to see) it is all good. I have woken up to bigger scarier things.
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