Posted on Apr 5, 2021
PO3 Aaron Hassay
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1SG Michael Farrell
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So, there I was with a degree in Philosophy and no reasonable skills that I could claim. Before making the decision, I investigated joining the Circus or joining the French Foreign Legion. Since I don't read or speak French, I decided that though they didn't require it, life could become miserable, and I'd have to pay my own to Marsailles. Joining the Circus is fraught simply because I really don't trust but do dislike clowns. So, I enlisted in the Army -- in the second year of the Volunteer Army -- and I got experience pretty much everything I might have experienced in the Legion or the Circus. I also got to extend my adolescence for a reasonable amount of time -- 23 years -- and grow into a leader, an influencer, a coach and a mentor. And, given the choice between hanging around with some sort of profile that would let me dodge most things that I thought were part of being a soldier and a leader, I had developed the standards and ethical strength to retire on the 30th of June; my DOR for SGM would have been the 1st of July. But, as Michelle Shocked sang, "The secret of a long life is knowing when it's time to go.."
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MSgt Gilbert Jones
MSgt Gilbert Jones
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Amen to that 1SG Farrell.
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SPC Joseph Kenny
SPC Joseph Kenny
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Fantastic post, 1st Sgt.
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
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Nothing other than I have a penchant for living on anger, alcohol, caffeine, and sarcasm.
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MAJ Byron Oyler
MAJ Byron Oyler
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MSgt Gilbert Jones - I think Carolines is much better than Bailey's.
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MSgt Gilbert Jones
MSgt Gilbert Jones
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I do too. My GI doctor just won't let me drink anymore. My wife loves it, and some times she will breakdown and give me a sip through a straw
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SGT Gregory Cole
SGT Gregory Cole
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SFC (Join to see) have you heard of the album escape from noise? I remember my brother told me decades ago it was the moog cookbook or something like that. They have a carbomb song. If you enjoy those irish sledgehammers of drunkiness, you might have fun with that song. Well, if you were 21 or so again. Looking back, Id be miserable and get alcohol poisoning. And cursing my liver for being so weak.
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Sgt Greg Nowark
Sgt Greg Nowark
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[~165?265: MSgt Gilbert Jones] - HA! STILL got her fooled... or does SHE have YOU fooled? (MY $$$s on your XYL, sarge).
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SSG Samuel Kermon
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Not so much to prove anything to anyone else but to serve a country that I love.
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CPO Arthur Weinberger
CPO Arthur Weinberger
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Very well said. Thank you for your service and patriotism.
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