Posted on Mar 13, 2016
SSG(P) James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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I am sure at one point or another we have all attended meetings that were "unique." I remember at one of my old units, our CG just couldn't stay awake at Command and Staff meetings and the G3 used to always have to poke him towards the end and say "Sir, psst, do you have any questions?"

This is just for fun and to keep the mood light. It can be military or civilian meetings. Whatcha got?

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CPT Steve Curley
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In the early '70s I attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Ft Knox, also attended by officers from armies of our allies. During one session of a multi-day class on armored desert warfare the young Major instructor was making a point and a "student" responded with a "No, no, no, that's a tactic that will not be successful.". Asked to stand and explain, a sage old Captain stood and proceeded to mesmerize the class for the better part of 2 days. The " student"? Oh he was in the Israeli army and had been a tank company commander during the 6 Day War.
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LTC John Bush
LTC John Bush
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I witnessed the same thing during Infantry IOAC at Ft Benning in 1968-9. During map exercised involving Vietnam terrain, someone would invariably stand up and say I have been there and you can't do that because... When I became an instructor in the 70s I made sure none of our map exercised covered current conflict zones.
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LtCol George Carlson
LtCol George Carlson
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Marine Corps Command & Staff College '81-'82. Operation Mossback, set in Denmark (where almost no Marine officer had ever been). One "solution" being briefed included moving armor over the "nice flat Danish terrain" between that roads (that us engineers realized were elevated for a reason). The following morning one of the Brit officers brought in a set of slides to demonstrate why the Danish fields were not good tank terrain. Slide #1 The Centurion that got stuck in the mud. Slide #2 The Centurion that also got stuck in the mud trying to assist #1. Slide #3 the tank retriever that got stuck in the mud trying to assist 1 & 2. Slide #4 The second tank retriever that got stuck in the mud trying to assist 1-3. Slide #5 The assembly of assets it took to retrieve 1-4.
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1LT William Clardy
1LT William Clardy
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It's not officially a bad idea until someone takes pictures, LtCol George Carlson.
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SGT Charles Bartell
SGT Charles Bartell
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LtCol George Carlson - I wounder how much they got payed for there road repairs.
I know the Germans love us to pay them for that.
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SSG Trevor S.
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I went to my first SPO update brief and had no clue what was going on. I didn't know any of the abbreviations, including what the heck SPO meant (BTW its Support Operations). They talked about clips, and wongles, and doodads and dongles. Ok they really talked about things I understand now, but I didn't have the foggiest at the time. Then it came around to the fuel section and someone said FARP!!!! I blurted out quite involuntarily "I know that one!" Every set of eyes turned to look at me and I felt like I was in my underwear. When they got around to the computer systems and maintenance I felt like I had a better grasp of the topics.
I had a Captain come up to me after the briefing and tell me he was just as lost as I was when it wasn't his section, then he showed me where the coffee was. Coffee made it all better.
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CPT Bob Coleman
CPT Bob Coleman
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SSG Trevor S. - Thank you. I guess I'm out of date. In my day we called 'em Mess Halls, not DFAC's, called 'em Ammo Dumps not AHA's, called 'em REMF's not POG's. We did Calls for Fire by voice, figured gunnery solutions with protractors and slipsticks instead of computers, determined where we were using intersection/resection with a map instead of GCCS, and wrote OPORD's with a grease pencil on a piece of cardboard from a C-RATION carton. We had a few "smart" , laser-based weapons but nothing like "brilliant" JAVELIN.

I guess I'll just put on my robe and dodder out to the jacuzzi. I'll grab some Merlot and reminisce under the stars about past glories. (BTW, I'm still consulting a bit on Army programs. Stay tuned for XEROWIND, a sniper aid to determine wind vectors throughout the entire path of the round) and AID (Automatic Injury Detection, which reports battlefield injuries automatically to the Commander and medical assets).
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SSG Trevor S.
SSG Trevor S.
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CPT Bob Coleman - I'm with you. The change while I was working through my 20 years was staggering when I look back at it. I'm at the robe and pipe point myself lol.
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SP5 Lewis Miller
SP5 Lewis Miller
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CPT Bob Coleman - I got out in 92 and went to work for the gvt. when I took a job with dod in 2008 and went to Ft. Hood. WOW what a difference from 1992! I deployed 3 times to Afghanistan and had to relearn all of the terms the New army uses.
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SSG(P) James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Back during the summer of 2012, we were having a TTX and war gaming scenarios for UFG 2012. The formal part of the exercise was the scenario which was being briefed to the CoS who was an O-6 at the time. He is now retired, well anyway, during the scenario introduction and units layout descriptions, this MAJ kept interrupting with snarky but funny comments which kept everybody looking around the room at him like he was crazy. Finally the G3 who is another O-6 had enough. On his next comment the G3 turned around, pointed to the MAJ and the pointed to the door. The MAJ got up and walked outside with the G3 following him out. Laughing hysterically in my mind I was dying to know what was going on out there so I leaned over to one of my NCO friends and said "I gotta go to the bathroom. I'll BRB." She leaned back laughing and said "JP, you ain't gotta use no bathroom, why don't you just be still and quit causing trouble?" She was right, I didn't have to go to no bathroom. Lol. Well I walked by en route to the "bathroom" and saw the MAJ backed against a wall locked up tighter than I have ever seen a human being before, and the G3 was pointing in his face and then in his chest while using very colorful language and doing funny movements with his hands but then pointing back and forth between the MAJ's face and his chest. All I heard was.....

Yes sir
Yes sir
Understood sir
Got it sir
Yes sir
Yes sir
Understood sir
Yes sir
Yes sir
Yes sir

True story. Gotta love it.

JP
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COL Mikel Burroughs
COL Mikel Burroughs
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SSG (Join to see) - Great job Chris! That's an NCO taking care of business brother - good for you and it paid off with dividends in the end. Preparation meets opportunity!
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SSG Trevor S.
SSG Trevor S.
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Rubber necking at it's finest.
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SGT Charles Bartell
SGT Charles Bartell
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I my self am a smart ass and had done this a time or two, But once you get that first look quite well you are behind. Not Burred.
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Stories like this give me nightmares.
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