Posted on Dec 3, 2013
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It's no secret, we're big on nicknames in the military, and there's some really great ones out there... so, what's your favorite?  It could be a nickname that you had, or someone you know, from a move or tv show; it could be a nickname for a rank, base/location, career field, position/title, weapon system, piece of gear, personnel, or just about anything else under the sun. Perhaps it was a nickname for a mascot, civilian personnel, military family member, or something altogether different that has to do w/ the military, military life, or life from the military perspective.  Well, this should be an absolute blast folks; so, feel free to share any related info, facts, photos, links, historical context, or just plain entertaining sea stories.  The idea here is simple, to share fun and interesting info and to learn a thing or two in the process; now let's get this thing started, so pull up a keyboard, and... see you all in the discussion threads! 
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CH (CPT) Battalion Chaplain
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My current call sign as the Chaplain for the "Balls of the Eagle" Battalion is "Holy Balls." It is not uncommon for one of my soldiers to yell out "Holy Balls" while I am walking through the Commissary.
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CPT Public Affairs Officer
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BALLS OF THE EAGLE! When I was a PL/FDO with A/2-320th FAR during OIF 07-08, I loved hearing "Holy Balls" over the BN net. Also, checking into "AO Balls" while on patrol was funny as well.
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CPT Brent Eysenbach
CPT Brent Eysenbach
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We started calling our Chaplain "Bandit Sheppard" after a BDA of a few sheep was called up when he had tried his hand at hanging some 120mm rounds. 1-32 CAV 1/101 BCT...'04-'08
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SSG Mark Matteson
SSG Mark Matteson
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This is the best Ever, Holy Balls Father, there, I got to say it too, Have a great day Sir and God Bless
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PV2 Gs 8 Legal Assistant
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That's awesome Sir
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SGT Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist
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All through Basic, and Several other times in my Military Career, I've been called "Shrek" (for obvious reasons)... I really like that.
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SGT Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist
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I also got the not-so-flattering "Slow'Neill" from time to time... I prefer the term "meticulous"
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Lt Col U.S. Federal Government
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SGT O'Neill, I think that I prefer the term "meticulous" as well! lol
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MAJ Commander
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Had to upvote based on the Shrek reference and Snow Neil. Awesome.
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
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Shrek would be proud!
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SSG(P) S1 Personnel Nco
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I was Chicken Little (thank you BCGs). Lets just say that the PRK surgery was the best thing that ever!
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PO1 Kenneth Cary
PO1 Kenneth Cary
6 y
working the flight deck I didn't get to wear BCG's, we got issued aviator glasses w/wrap around the ears
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TSgt Marcial Guajardo
TSgt Marcial Guajardo
6 y

BCGs! So ugly they were cool. Total geek look.

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MSG Brian Breaker
MSG Brian Breaker
6 y
Wore BCGS when I first came in. Had PRK back in 2006. Bought a very expensive pair of sunglasses the next week. PRK was easy and quick. Thank you US Military for my gift.

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CMDCM Gene Treants
CMDCM Gene Treants
6 y
Always paid for civilian glasses to not have to wear BCG's, but did keep my Gas Mask Glasses handy for use on ship for that and firefighting. Was "lucky" enough to have cataracts after I retired and that surgery made me glasses free! After wearing glasses from age 12, absolutely wonderful to be able to see without poking myself in the forehead.
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