Posted on Sep 21, 2018
Lt Col Charlie Brown
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Mine was a pair of "brass ones" from the 608 Aerial Port Squadron.
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MSgt Stephen Council
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Lt Col Charlie Brown When I retired my entire flight contributed to my farewell/retirement gift. I was speechless when I was called up on stage and presented with a stainless, custom engraved, Springfield Armories 1911. I treasure that gift and it has its own spot on the top shelf of my handguns safe. I enjoy showing it off and returning to the thoughts that it brings of a time when I was privileged to help lead the finest Intelligence flight in the Air Force!
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
Lt Col Charlie Brown
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What an amazing gift MSgt Stephen Council
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Col Joseph Lenertz
Col Joseph Lenertz
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Outstanding gift! Your flight must have thought very highly of you.
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MSgt Stephen Council
MSgt Stephen Council
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Col Joseph Lenertz - In case you couldn't tell, I had an AWESOME group of Airmen working with me for my last four years! I was the superintendent of Intelligence for the largest win in the CAF 3r Wing, 3rd Operations Support Squadron, Intelligence Flight!. I deployed with them, and was proud to have them represent our flight as some of the most professional and brightest analysts in the CENTCOM ISRD "Forward" during the Fallujah Campaign. We aced two PACAF inspections and because of them I was honored as the USAF Outstanding Intelligence SNCO of 2004. No leader earns ANY accolades for him or her self. As a leader, your accomplishments are measured in the successes of your unit and subordinates! All I did was let them know what needed to be done, and moved aside and watched them excel! It is still the highlight of my professional life and I have been retired for 12 years.
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Col Joseph Lenertz
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A bell. The kind there used to be at motel check-in desks. My unit went TDY quite a bit, and we had real work to do, so I wasn't very patient at base finance one day while we waited as the finance folks milled around in front of us without coming to the service counter. A few of my lieutenants saw me lose my patience (as a major at the time) and start pounding the bell for service. I still have the bell with 2Lt and 1Lt bars welded on along with a nice quote commemorating my tirade when the finance person finally showed up. I remember being very hungry at the time.
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LTC Jason Mackay
LTC Jason Mackay
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Col Joseph Lenertz - Finance never seems to understand that on your side of the counter, the issue is the super bowl. On their side it is Tuesday. They are the front counter for a DFAS system that uses the computer language equivalent of sandscrit (COBOL) to conduct operations. I believe there were around 200 documented work arounds in DFAS to get your pay to "work".
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Col Joseph Lenertz
Col Joseph Lenertz
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LTC Jason Mackay - LOL. Sandscrit is about right.
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Wish I could thumbs-up this post several times.
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PO1 Don Gulizia
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One of the most unique "going away" gifts that I received was when I left NORAD. I received a desk set made out of polished granite from actual granite mined from Cheyenne Mountain. Of course, I have half a dozen signed photo frames from previous commands. Oh yeah, I do have a signed "retirement" appreciation letter from my governor (at the time)...Arnold Schwarzenegger!
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LTC Jason Mackay
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PO1 Don Gulizia my MBA is signed by the Governator as well.
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SFC Operations Nco
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A retirement appreciation letter from The Governator is awesome. Congrats!!!
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