Originally Posted by Fiend13
I've received "thank you's" and hand shakes here and there. I always respond with "no need to thank me, it's what I want to do." I've been in the AF for 7 years now and I'm a F-16 mechanic. I love it and I don't think I could ever work a desk job after working in such a fast paced environment for so long now. When I go on leave I usually have a mohawk and grow my beard out and if I wear a military related shirt out to the gym or somewhere I've had people ask if I was special forces, as much as I would like to be a badass and say yes I tell them no and that I'm an F-16 mechanic. I've also had people (usually the younger crowd getting ready to join or who just got out of basic) call me fake because of all my exposed tattoos. When I joined you could have tattoos waived, but now they're really strict on them. In the end though I wouldn't trade my last 7 years in the AF for anything. It has taught me so much. I'm almost 30 years old and have 7 years in and still have a lot left to learn. We are all here for the same thing, to support the mission and carry it out. A while ago I got the chance to talk to a few PJ's and they mentioned the awesome feeling they get when a jet is inbound, they basically just sit back and watch as "shit gets fucked up" lol. It was a great feeling and still is knowing that what I do is what puts these jets in air.
You have some balls, I will give you that. When I was in it didn't matter if you were off for a few days, or on leave, if the hair on your head or hair on your face was not exactly as it should be, you found your butt under a Page 11! When I was at 29 Stumps a friend of mind didn't shave one morning because he was on leave for a week. Gunny saw him at the PX and hauled his ass in. They canceled his leave. Of course that was Old Corps. I have heard things have gotten pretty damn relaxed since I was in.
Originally Posted by virginiamarine
Yeah! I try to get the military discount everywhere...it's awesome! The Coast Guard gets a lot of respect by my department because of the enormity of their mission. It's all in understanding. Thanks!
As I said earlier....it's the ground crew that keeps the birds flying. For every hour it's up there....you know there are plenty of hours of maintenance. Keep up the great job. Any "boot" (as the jarheads like to call them) that thinks your faking the front should get a "boot" up their ass for even thinking they know more than you.
I forgot to mention, when I get asked about my service....I don't question the motive usually....but it was just kind of weird this guy did it standing 30 ft away in front of a bunch of people and nothing more than question.
OK, 30 feet away and asking you something IS a little strange.