Posted on Nov 13, 2015
MSgt John Carroll
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A debate started in my shop today when one of my EOD Techs (1) jokingly called another EOD Tech (2) a Nonner. (2) had never heard the word before and that started the debate. What is your definition of a Nonner? I have always been told that a Nonner is an insult for anyone that isn't a Maintainer. Others say it's someone who has a desk job. I personally find the term funny. I love being EOD so I embrace my Nonner status.
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MSgt John Taylor
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The flight line is a 24/7 operation, Nonner is a way for us to explain to each other why we have to wait till morning, Monday or after the holidays. Why we're not allowed to run engines or ground equipment after certain hours.
If issued, and wearing a piece of clothing to protect me from extreme heat/cold, I have to explain to a nonner that it's authorized, Where to get it and then hear their complaint, why they can't have one/it.
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TSgt Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance
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best explenation I have ever read.
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A1C Ground Radar Systems
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You can't run the Engine after certain hours because the Airfield systems need to be maintained too.
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SSgt Keith Stanton
SSgt Keith Stanton
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A1C (Join to see) - Don't know about where you were stationed but at least two bases where I was, complaints from the Officer's Wives Club about the noise waking their children was the reason.
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SSgt Keith Stanton
SSgt Keith Stanton
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While TDY at Kadena from U-Tapao during the Vietnam War, a group of us were on the SAC side waiting return to UT. We were approached by a Major who started chewing our butts for being in our issue Jungle Fatigues and asking our names and units so he could report us. Our Wing's DCO was also returning on our flight and he approached our group and asked if there was a problem. The Major pontificated that he couldn't understand who would authorize us to wear that uniform and was asking for our names, units, etc so he could report us. The Colonel smiled and stated that when the Major was done he could give him the list and he would share it with our Wing Commander, B/G Frank Elliot, the officer who authorized it. The Major looked like he just ate a canary, and stated he didn't think there was any further action required and walked away. The DCO then looked at us, smiled, and stated were just a bunch of hooligans.
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MSgt Stephen Council
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Oh! I thought you said NOONER! I know what that is..."Nonner" is a bullshit tag that people who want to seem self important assign to other professionals who they wish to denigrate. It is typically a refuge of small minded people who cannot understand the fact that all military actions are intertwined with operators and support...
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MSgt Jon Adams
MSgt Jon Adams
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So you work(ed) in personnel?
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MSgt Stephen Council
MSgt Stephen Council
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MSgt Jon Adams No, I began my career in POL then trained into Intelligence. Specifically, I was a Targeteer. I was deployed for almost a year for DESERT SHIELD/STORM/CALM and then I deployed for every conflict after it until I retired. I got to see some VERY special (NOT) places, and live in some spectacular (NOT) accommodations! Everyone contributes to the mission, including those hard working professionals who never get to deploy to forward locations but without whom, we would not get paid, stay healthy, have our accomplishments correctly tracked and documented, and have facilities to return to that allow us to recover, train, and re-equip, and those who ensure our families are cared for. On the topic of nonners, some of the hardest working professionals I personally encountered in theater were our contracting professionals. These guys and gals went into some of the worst places, severely under gunned and under manned with a LOT of cash on their person in order to make sure all the self proclaimed hard working maintainers had the supplies and equipment to do their jobs, and a place to sleep and three beers a day. A number of contract personnel were killed simply for the cash that they were carrying, but I guess they are nonners too.
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SSgt Daniel Craigo
SSgt Daniel Craigo
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Sounds like something a nonner would say.
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MSgt Devon Saunders
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If the term offends you, you may be one. Nonner is a term short for NON-MAINTENANCE. It has nothing to do with denigrating anyone. However, I’m going to use a part of your insult to us maintainers to break it down. Aircraft maintenance is a 24/7365 operation. If all military actions are intertwined with operations and support Nonners would be open in the evenings for the maintainers that have to sleep all day and work 12-16 on swings or mid shift.
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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MSgt John Carroll - you might be interested in the Urban Dictionary definition, HA!

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nonner
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MSgt Darren VanDerwilt
MSgt Darren VanDerwilt
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Funny how Nonners get butthurt over this.
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MSgt Jeffrey Forer
MSgt Jeffrey Forer
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SSgt Paul Esquibel - Maintainers are always deployed. Our weapons are the aircraft though, not small arms.
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SSgt Paul Esquibel
SSgt Paul Esquibel
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Sir, I said hostile area, not all the majority of personnel within MXS will be at a supportive base not directly on the line vs the career fields say Logistics are actually wondering if they are going to make it home, that's difference.
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MSgt Bravo Flight Chief
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Cops are always deployed too. Except we do outside the wire combat patrols, sit on the wall in towers that are heated in the summer and air conditioned in the winter, in full battle rattle, waiting for the shit to hit the fan and enjoy the "weather" at an ECP.
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