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TSgt Ncoic, C2 Ops Systems
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Awesome! I only didn't recognize about 4 or 5 of them. I particularly liked the tribute to Minot, since that is where I am stationed. I was warned by my brother about this place even before I went to basic, as "a base so remote they are considered deployed in place because there isn't a post office nearby". Before I got my orders to here when given my new AFSC my friend said "just hope you don't get stationed at minot. That's where my uncle got stationed a long time ago". I got my orders and gave her the dirtiest look I could muster.

In actuality, being from Texas I have driven further to get to church on Sundays as a kid than I do every day and night to get from base to home. It's not really THAT remote. Granted if you are from a big city...yeah, your screwed. Better get used to long drives in the countryside to find a "city". I have a friend whose girlfriend called this place "uninhabitable". I was surprised at how offended I got towards that. I wanted to tell him to dump her just for that haha. As for the "girl behind every tree" that is still being passed on at tech school and is of course adjust to "girl/guy behind every tree". I have also heard instructors tell their male students to "beware of the tundra wookee" aka local females. Apparently many have been known to marry a young airman, get pregnant, then get divorced. Now they have military benefits because they have a dependent and in North Dakota with divorce also comes alimony. Pretty good setup for about 18 years for the girl if you don't mind the kid that came with it.

Really enjoyed this article, thank you for sharing.
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SFC Opsnco
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TSgt (Join to see) Nice story. Glad you are making the best of your time there. I tell folks a duty station is what you make of it. Loved the "Tundra Wookies" part. Good stuff.
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TSgt Ncoic, C2 Ops Systems
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SFC (Join to see) - thank you sir. I definitely have changed my outlook on this place. I used to refer to my orders as "being stuck here", but now I really like the place. I hate the winters, they suck. But the people overall are really nice and welcoming and mostly pro-military. I hear it didn't always used to be this way until after the flood of 2011 when the military came to help the town and from then on their outlook on us changed. I have made some really great friends here and wouldn't mind living in the nearby town of Rugby when I get out, whenever that may be.
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SFC Opsnco
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Edited 5 y ago
We are an Army family. My son's best friend is Air Force. One afternoon his friend came over to spend the night. They were playing on the playground and when it was time to come in for dinner I gave my son the "hand and arm" signal for "assemble on me." He started coming in. I noticed his friend was still on the playground. I yelled at my son to bring his friend. He turns around and gives his friend the "hand and arm" signal for "pull chocks." When my son gets near me he says "Dad, he is Air Force. Planes can't move until the chocks are removed."
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LT Charles Baird
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Funny - when I was in the Air Force and deployed to Kenya to work with the Army we used to get the assemble hand signal from them at around 1:00 am when we were out on the town because they had a curfew and had to catch their ride back to their hotel to be in their racks by 2:00 am - I had to remind them that I was in the Air Force and we were old enough not to have a curfew as long as we could come to work and get the job done.

What was worse was that the Navy and Marines had to stay at the airfield 24 hours and could not even go out in town. Poor guys
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Understood 2/3 of them. Not to bad for a former DAT.
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