Posted on Oct 31, 2016
CPT Aaron Kletzing
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Note: My friend Carlos is in the Coast Guard and sent me this question last night. He said he's not on RP due to OPSEC (whatever), so he asked me to ask this on RP on his behalf. He is pretty hell bent on getting this Soldier punished. Anyway, let him know your thoughts on the below.

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I’m in the Coast Guard and have been active duty for 6 years. I’m stationed in Hawaii right now. I was up by Schofield Barracks and went on base there, and went to go shop for a few things at the Commissary. I was waiting in line for some fresh meat and there were 2 Army soldiers also in line, in front of me. They were looking at me and saying things to each other. It looked like they were laughing at me. I heard one of them refer to me as a “POG” which is a slang term I am familiar with from social media stuff. I said to them “Excuse me, I heard what you just said, and I feel disrespected.” I was just trying to stick up for myself. One of the soldiers then squared up to me and said “Yeah, I did call you a POG. Because you are a POG. You need to up and leave here – this is an Army Commissary.” A few other people in line heard this and started laughing. I felt so angry that I just left the building.

I know the soldier’s last name from his top, and I would recognize his face. What actions can I take to report him to his chain of command? What other advice do you have?
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Col Joseph Lenertz
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While the army soldiers were disrespectful and childish, I don't think this rises to the level of disciplinary action beyond a counseling. Advice to Carlos: Rub against Army and Marines more often...it makes your skin grow thicker. You are a POG. So am I. I'm happy to NOT be a grunt, but so what? And it's NOT an Army commissary, it's a Defense Commissary (DeCA). Remind the grunt (non-POG) we're on the same team, and he should save his BS for the bad guys.
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PO2 Albert Milburn
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SPC Dwight Turner
SPC Dwight Turner
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we are all warriors who served no matter what branch !!!! disrespect shouldn't be tolderated from anyone !!! they didn't have any pride for themselves even you hold your head up high walk proud !!! stay strong no matter which branch you serve in we are warriors from day 1 till we die !!!
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PO1 David Jordon
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CPT Bob Coleman - not on your best day. lol
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PO2 M. Shaheed Aadam
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That's right COL. Joseph. We're on the same team. Even in retirement, I took that oath that I have not been relieved from, "...Against enemies foreign and domestic..."
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SSG Retired!!!
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If anyone is offended by being called a POG, they seriously need to get thicker skin.
My advise, come up with some clever comebacks or carry some kleenex around.
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Sgt Cord Nuoffer
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I'm a POG, and my advice to Carlos, stop acting like a snowflake and being all offended. If your service is true, then it's true, no matter what some stupid grunt (Note: I'm assuming that the particular guy in front of him was stupid, I know a lot of intelligent proud grunts) in front of you says. Wait in line, pay for your crap and move on.
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SSG John Eroh
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I'm retired Army Signal Corps with time in Vietnam. Our response to those who gave us a hard time was either "Without commo a commander only commands his desk" or ask them how they thought that that air or artillery support got directions on where they were needed. We were told that it took 5 people to support 1 combat soldier which i'm sure it is still true today. The combat troops couldn't do their thing without us support folks. But rivalry between services or combat & support has been around for a long time & always will be. It is ok as long as it is a good matured give & take and can show pride in what we do. it takes all of us to get the job done. Even within the Signal Corps there was some rivalry between us fixed station (inter-base) communicators and the tactical guys.
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SSG Wesley McCarty
SSG Wesley McCarty
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My Cooks spent more time outside the wire in a combat zone than many of the grunts I know. Quit being a p*ssy Tell him to go f*ck himself.
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SPC Ron Salsbury
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SSG Hugh G. Rection - Hoorah SSG!! As a Medivac Crew Chief we heard it all. When a DUSTOFF is in bound with out machine guns blazing, that take more courage to come in and out of a fight. Secondly, GRUNT is an acronym for "Ground Replacement Usually Not Trained!" As an aviator, I am proud to think I have more brains not to be a GRUNT, AKA, "some mindless idiot," not worthy of training beyond, "here's a gun, go see if a landmine is over there."
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Col Rebecca Lorraine
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"Make me"? Challenge them to a duel and raise your dukes. Have them call the MPs and escort you out of the place. Make a big stinkie, kick them in the gonads, laugh in their face and tell them you have a contagious disease spread through body fluids. Beg them to hit you. Call "incoming" and run in while they figure out what that means. Call mom, she'll fix it.
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SPC Dwight Turner
SPC Dwight Turner
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this is why women have more back bone then us rock on col, Rebecca your so right !!! I don't care what line of work I did `18yrs as a cook geez but I loved it !!!! I worked with women who were in charge and what a bunch of swell ladies without them I might not been today what they taught me I listened and learned from best on my first tour !!!
they brought cheer laughter and pride times I think women are stronger with courage than we are
bless those whom served during wars and still serving women at onetime ran country during WW11 men at war women by there sides but at home running factorys making ammo hard jobs men did when needed women stepped up they proved it over the years not just as nurses but in fields I would of never thought of.
time flys by yet through the years we are still learning bless you and god give you what you need in life peace on earth
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SPC Ralph Ellis
SPC Ralph Ellis
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You made me laugh pretty hard, ma'am. LOL
Conjured up images of him crossing his arms and pursing his lips in pouting anger.
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Col Rebecca Lorraine
Col Rebecca Lorraine
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Image of angry POG
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PO2 M. Shaheed Aadam
PO2 M. Shaheed Aadam
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Col Rebecca I like you already. I would have had a field day with those jokers. Hey we could go about this several which ways but I wouldn't back down like a wimp. hahahaha
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