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The_Chieftain #21 Posted Oct 24 2011 - 03:20

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Am pleased to report that there are still tanks scattered around Ft Knox.

I could have sworn there used to be a maintenance building across from the DFAC though. I'm going to look again in the morning.

Landsraad #22 Posted Oct 24 2011 - 17:55

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Good to hear, I'm headed up that way on Friday to take care of some insurance snafu which apparently involves meeting at the Patton Museum.  I know it's weird, but why question a free chance to see tanks?

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View PostMajorStoffer, on Oct 17 2011 - 05:47, said:

Alright, if we're in to one-upmanship and general sillyness with high explosives, let's take a trip to the 1980s, shall we?

I have an Uncle, like many other people do. Problem is, this Uncle doesn't do much in the way of "forward thinking."

This Uncle was also a combat engineer.

As part of his duties as a combat engineer in a nation with a love for the colour orange, he was sent, along with his unit to the East/West German border when there was such a thing.

As much as film likes to portray the Cold War as exciting, for a combat engineer in West Germany living off field rations, it was none to exciting. This Uncle decides he'll improve matters; he's going to catch some fish.

Does he decide to go to a local lake? No, of course not. He goes to the river marking the boundary between East and West Germany. You're probably thinking, "No, that's probably not the best place to go fishing." You'd likely be right.

Remember when I said this Uncle wasn't very forward thinking? Well he's also impatient. Using a fishing rod is tiresome; no better than sitting back in the barracks. What did he do to speed up the fishing process? He brought a dozen hand grenades.

Fish don't much care for explosives, believe it or not. Neither do East German border guards, oddly enough.

A few phone calls later, a certain number of troops at divisional level were prepared to counter NATO infiltrators possibly signalling advanced preparations for a NATO attack.

Meanwhile my Uncle is trying to gather up dead fish.

Seeing as we're all still here, people with greater mental faculties than him figured out what happened, and suitably stockaded my dear old Uncle for an extensive period of time, yet it goes to show that even one shortsighted, explosive happy Dutchman can bring about the entire annihilation of mankind.

Gotta love us Dutch :D

But damn that was a funny and good read, luckily we still have a few people with working brain matter in this world :)

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Knox has certainly changed dramatically in the last couple years.

I must admit to having been a little disappointed by the lack of attendance at the evenings out in Chicago and Louisville. A lot more people reported a planned attendance than actually showed. Oh well, more goodies for the guys (and gal) that showed up.

Back to the office today. Let's find out what they've been up to...

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Knox has certainly changed dramatically in the last couple years.
It sure as hell has ... Adna R. Chaffee must be spinning in his grave ... I hope the Patton family finally consented to relocate the Museum, too, because Knox is fairly gutted now and it just makes sense to go to Benning ...

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I must admit to having been a little disappointed by the lack of attendance at the evenings out in Chicago and Louisville ...
We would loved to have attended the Chicago Gathering, but it was a little short on notice for us. Have you been to Detroit or Grand Rapids, Michigan, yet? Half of Blackhorse is up that way ...

The_Chieftain #26 Posted Oct 27 2011 - 15:16

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Detroit is not at the top of my go to list right now, I'm afraid.

Walked into the office yesterday afternoon after traveling back from Kentucky, they've been busily hiring support and community staff. Walked in through the door and "Whoa. Where did all these people come from?" It'll be a little bit before the transfer of responsibilities from Minsk support is complete, but there is definite movement.

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http://www.salh.net/...eum-open-09.jpg

Come up to Canada and visit us sometime! I'll buy you a drink.

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That's me, front row, left, many moons ago.

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Ah zipper heads, in their natural element, where are the camp chairs though?

Sealteam6 #29 Posted Oct 27 2011 - 20:35

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 27 2011 - 15:16, said:

Detroit is not at the top of my go to list right now, I'm afraid.

Walked into the office yesterday afternoon after traveling back from Kentucky, they've been busily hiring support and community staff. Walked in through the door and "Whoa. Where did all these people come from?" It'll be a little bit before the transfer of responsibilities from Minsk support is complete, but there is definite movement.

Good to see things are rolling, long overdue but good things come to those who wait, the Comms between the West & Minsk were horrible, lost in the translation I suppose.

I like your new Hat/Umbrella stand.......much more PC than an Elephants foot.

Fox, very funny story, got a few from when I was in but too long for here, saw plenty of UXB's laying around the streets of Hue Vietnam in 93, Mortar rounds stuck in walls, lots of 40mm grenades, Khe Sahn was littered with UXB, you had to tip toe around the place, Mines in the DMZ were partially uncovered, well some of them, checking out French bunkers on Top on the Hai Van Pass between Da Nang & Hue I found myself surrounded by partially exposed mines.....Eeeeeeeeek.....now what steps did I take to get into this mess?
Same thing happened near My Lai in the My Son Valley, taking pics of Cham ruins when some locals saw me & got very excited, found out I had crossed a minefield to get to them, I subsequently read that early 2000 5 Vietnamese Sappers were killed lifting them in this very same minefield.

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Chieftan, you guys should come to new york ;)

The_Chieftain #31 Posted Oct 27 2011 - 22:09

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Actually, I've just had the PR guy walk into my office and give me a Warning Order of a trip to Vermont next month.

I know two things about Vermont. No license required to carry, and it's HOW BLOODY COLD?!

Seriously, the Gulf Coast of Australia sound far more appealing for a Winter trip...

SquatchJr #32 Posted Oct 27 2011 - 23:21

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Then you should come to sunny Florida !!

Bigbxmach23 #33 Posted Oct 27 2011 - 23:38

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Come up to Canada..
Its good for you

anglomanii #34 Posted Oct 28 2011 - 00:00

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 27 2011 - 22:09, said:

Actually, I've just had the PR guy walk into my office and give me a Warning Order of a trip to Vermont next month.

I know two things about Vermont. No license required to carry, and it's HOW BLOODY COLD?!

Seriously, the Gulf Coast of Australia sound far more appealing for a Winter trip...

nah, Chief! it's just comming into cyclone/wet season up there, plus it's croc mating season and they get to be randy little buggers. just come on down to the the big ol'state of Queensland, and enjoy the best beaches in the world, have a few XXXX and enjoy the barmy weather. plus we might even get you in to see some of the local sights..wink wink.

but seriously what's going down in vermont....and being from australia and never having seen snow(yeah i know have a laugh) how cold is BLOODY COLD?

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He is coming to Quebec in April/May

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View Postjdtherocker, on Oct 28 2011 - 00:35, said:

He is coming to Quebec in April/May

I said I might be, not that I definitely would be. I've had a number of trips delayed for some time now.

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View Postanglomanii, on Oct 28 2011 - 00:00, said:

nah, Chief! it's just comming into cyclone/wet season up there, plus it's croc mating season and they get to be randy little buggers. just come on down to the the big ol'state of Queensland, and enjoy the best beaches in the world, have a few XXXX and enjoy the barmy weather. plus we might even get you in to see some of the local sights..wink wink.

but seriously what's going down in vermont....and being from australia and never having seen snow(yeah i know have a laugh) how cold is BLOODY COLD?

Crikey mate, why would you want to go to the Gulf (Me thinks you have been there before, maybe a Kangaroo Operation?) Now if you survive an attack by a randy Crocagator, then a shark will get you, survive that & a jelly fish would kill you, crawl out the water & get bitten by a Taipan & then by a Funnelweb & the fire ants will finish you off, if you survive all this.....Anglomanii's 4 XXXX Beer will certainly poison you.
We're tough down under mate!

Nothing like an Ice Cold VB & a huge juicy Rump sizzling on the BBQ.

I'm on the Gold Coast of Queensland, about as far North as I wanna go!

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Since we're on the subject of where to go...

New Orleans isn't known for tanks, but we do have the WWII Museum in the old Higgins Boat Factory. (They made a lot of the landing craft used in most of WW2.)

If you do come down don't drive your tank off the concrete: almost everything that rolls gets stuck in the mud. And don't think your tracks will save you, I've seen track-hoes and bulldozers get stuck!

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Doing a workup for a gunnery. One thing about Bradleys, they're terrible things for getting blood blisters when doing Gunnery Skills Tests. Quite dangerous to the user's digits.

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One of the Great Debates in the US Army which has been going on for a quarter-century and probably isn't about to die down any time soon is the argument over 9mm Parabellum vs .45ACP.

On this matter, I am very firmly in the 9mm camp, especially for any practical use I am likely to have for a sidearm. I further defy anyone to tell me that I made a poor decision by purchasing a Browning Hi-Power a couple of years ago when I last went pistol-shopping.

However, tradition dictates that I have to have a 1911-style .45 in my collection. This deficiency has now been rectfied, a nice new commemorative .45 followed me home. Now, I just need the time in the day to take it to the range and shoot the thing....




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