Posted on Mar 13, 2016
SFC 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?

JP
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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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1LT James Gulley
1LT James Gulley
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In Fall ‘69, a Special Forces team came upon a M-41-Walker Bulldog tank buried in the jungle about 8 miles west of Lai Khe. Evidently, it had been captured/stolen from the ARVN by the VC. SOP called for it to be winched out by an M88 tank retriever. 1st Infantry Division troops secured the site. CBS with Tony Sargent arrived and wondered if it could be started and driven out for Newsreel purposes. I was the only officer in my battalion to have attended the Armor School so I volunteered to try. I suggested we winch it. The OIC asked if I could get it started? We worked on it for several hours but it became obvious that the tank could not be started even with new batteries and gasoline, and 8 booby traps removed. There was a fair amount of sporadic small arms fire all day and I was eager to get out of there. The next day it was hauled out by the tank retriever. I was called into my battalion commander’s office with my staff sergeant and chewed out for not following SOP. I replied that the OIC had requested we try to get it started. He yelled who the hell was the OIC? I replied Lieutenant General Mildren, II Field Force Commander. He looked at my sergeant who nodded. He said, “Dismissed!”
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SP6 Peter Kreutzfeldt
SP6 Peter Kreutzfeldt
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1LT James Gulley - I remember that event. I was with the 1st Div. Landclearing and we cleared some jungle around the area
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1LT James Gulley
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SP6 Peter Kreutzfeldt - My 15 minutes of fame. I wrote to my parents to alert them that CBS had filmed this (slow news day). The letter took six days to arrive. They turned on the news that night and Walter Cronkite delivered the film.
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1LT James Gulley
1LT James Gulley
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1LT James Gulley - I had to do a double take when I read this because that is exactly what happened to me.
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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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SP6 Peter Kreutzfeldt
SP6 Peter Kreutzfeldt
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SP5 Lewis Miller - I got out in 70 and could not get a job with DOD because I was a German citizen. Could not keep a job as a member of the PD since I was a German national. How in the world did I end up in the US Army and Viet Nam as a German National
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CPT Kevin Connolly
CPT Kevin Connolly
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CPT Bob Coleman - REMFs iz always REMFs. POG is some kind of marine pc nonsense.
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Joe Chretien
Joe Chretien
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SP6 Peter Kreutzfeldt - Was never in the military but was born on an army base in Germany. My dad's family had been in Louisiana since before it was part of the USA.

I had two US passports, although neither was current.

When I applied for my Social Security just before I was 65, couldn't get it (still don't have it and I am 70) because I couldn't prove I was a citizen! Even had a telephone hearing and the youngster talk just like the people in the local office.

About two years ago my sister figured out that there was a State Department form that cost $60. I've been planning to write whoever's in charge and asked for back benefits since a form only allows you to go backwards 90 days.

The document also states on it "DO NOT PHOTOCOPY".
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SSG Trevor S.
SSG Trevor S.
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Joe Chretien - I don't know if you meant to reply on this thread or somewhere else.
Do you have a Certificate of Birth Abroad?
Does your foreign birth certificate have a US citizen listed as a birth parent?
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SFC 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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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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LTC Mobilization Planner
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Stories like this give me nightmares.
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SGM Personnel Information Systems Management Specialist
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during an exercise Reforger in Germany the Battalion Commander called a command and staff meeting in the middle of the night - well when the S2 Cpt in he said who is the nut that called this meeting and the BC said I did, the S2 said thought so - meeting went on - - i liked that CPT - I was the C&B clerk and he got the SCM's where the Co want to send the individual to prison for 30 days - another good story - I would call the Co and asked them what they wanted done to the indiv - if Jail i would refer him to the S2 CPT - when ready the CPT would tell me to call the company and you know the rest - Yes Sir - i would call the company to send so and so down to see this CPT and 15 min later send and armed guard down - at the same time I'm typing to the confinement - this was in 63/64 time frame - now i'm a Retired SGM 75Z - Dec 86 living in Thailand
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