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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Nov 20, 2020
1SG James Gibson
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SP5 Dennis Loberger
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I wish had known this when it would have mattered for my boys
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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It’s never too late to matter, I learned this the hard way with my son who’s in the AF. I really screwed this one up big time, now we’re not on speaking terms. So if it’s never too late to fuck things up it’s never too late to do do what matters most.
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SP5 Dennis Loberger
SP5 Dennis Loberger
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Sgt Dale Briggs - fortunately we never got that bad. I spent entirely too much time working and too little time doing things with my boys. We are on good terms but I could have done a better job
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MAJ Byron Oyler
MAJ Byron Oyler
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Sgt Dale Briggs - I think it is more common than not to have rough times between father and son. My Father went to Nam as a medic and then nursing school. Thirty years later, I was him (accept I did nursing school before Afghanistan), and we had our rough times over the years. He signed for me to enlist but never approved of nursing school. All goes well, he and my Mother are moving in early January as I am an only child and their health is declining. I matured, he got old, and we are closer now than ever.
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SFC Chuck Martinez
SFC Chuck Martinez
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Likewise Top but being deployed all the time makes it hard and now that I am retired, they all moved to different states!
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MAJ Byron Oyler
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This is something I think about often. I enlisted at 17 and between guard and RA, I hit 24 years in February. I have seen to many seniors with their messed up children in the ER. Some brought to much Army home, others spent to much time at work focusing on that next promotion and not the promotion at home. I think the best thing I brought home from the military is mission first and my son every bit understands what I do for him is to make him successful in whatever he choses in life. He does not like running but understands so many jobs when he turns 18 require minimal fitness he is out there pushing himself. When I take his XBOX away he understands why and I fill his time with meaningful things to do. My children chasing the best nursing home possible for me is my primary mission today...
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MAJ Byron Oyler Lol You might not need one! I’m know of and hear about a number of folks in their 80s and 90s who are happy and still self sufficient. Many (that I’m aware of) have faith in God and/or are “givers”, generous ; these attributes undoubtedly strengthen an older life IMO
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MAJ Javier Rivera
MAJ Javier Rivera
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While I was in, it was a job! Once I walked away from the shop that was it, only thing it came home was the uniform some residual from the field, drop zone, motor pool, or whatever I was doing that day. A few minutes conversation with my wife about the day... done. No more US Army; not at home. Once my son was born (later my daughter) it became even better! Home by 5:30 (see, not 17:30) most days. Never such thing like come to work early and leave late. Or the ridiculous oxymoron of family... “first mission always”. Wonder who came up with such crap?
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SGT Randall Smith
SGT Randall Smith
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As a "Army Brat I hated the army. Dad was a tanker in Germany in WW2. I was born at Ft. Campbell, Ky but he was in Germany. I know he came home and we went to Ft. Hood, Tex. I don't remember any of it except we lived upstairs in a old barracks made into two story duplex's. Next I remember, he was not a Sgt anymore but a 1st Lt and we were living with grandparents and he was off to Korea. He was infantry and we moved every 12 to 16 months. Military schools were ok, we were all alike. Going to school in town was tough, we were different from the others.
When he died I sat with my three brothers and we were talking. I ask the younger two who they were talking about. Was it a saint? Dad was the meanest SOB I ever knew. He treated me and the next younger brother like privates and had a fast belt. If a belt was not handy a coat hanger would work. When my brother Rod and I went into the Army he was disappointed, we were not officers. I was a radio operator and Rod was Special Forces.
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Great advise! Some I learned along the way, others I see in hindsight now. We do the best we can. :)
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