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Did you ever meet anybody noteworthy while you were in?

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A lot of guys do their 3 years and the most significant person they meet is their Battalion Commander. So, while you were in, who did you meet?

My list includes General DePuy, General Patton (the son)Commander of the 2nd Armored Division, General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf, Admiral Long (CINCPAC), and my Divarty Commander with 2nd Infantry Division, Col. "Big John" Burlingame.
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Yes, General Norman Schwarzkopf and SMA Gene McKinney (right before the scandal). I'm not counting former POTUS Clinton, but he came to Taszar Air Base and had dinner in the DFAC.
 

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My Brother flew in a Huey Gunship next to Bob Hope in a visit to VietNam in the 60's. He also escorted singer Joey Hetherton on a landing strip from Huey to Trailer also with Bob Hope Christmas Show. He did say she had GoGo boots on and was beautiful. Bob Hope brought good looks, laughs and appreciation to our troops. He did it right.
 

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I have been "clawed by the bear" In meeting GEN Schwarzkopf when he was touring the post before taking command of II Corps for awhile way back when... Met Colin Powell while serving at USAREUR ODCSOPS, (I worked for future SACEUR George Joulwan, several levels down); Tom Kelly was our ADC(M) during my time at 5th Division G3; Fred Franks was our commandant while I was at Fort Leavenworth, and quite a few others...
 

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Nope, Obama was such a terrible President (the worst ever) and he ****ed up the military to the point to where my 4 year contract was enough stupidity for me to put up with. No one in senior leadership was worth a steaming pile of dog ****. Now I work as a defense contractor doing the same job (repairing missile defense systems) that my MOS was (14 J). I make 8 times the money than the army could offer. And the best part is I'm only 26 there are people double and triple my age that do not make anything close to what I make ($250,000+ anually).
 

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I was two years into my career as an active duty Army MP in May of 2004, and I was two months into a deployment working the JOC at Bagram Air Field. Understand, I was sitting at a desk to make sure everyone who entered had the proper badge and to log every laptop that exited the building. I had an order stating the only service members I had to stand for was those wearing stars. There was a general or admiral about every 15 minutes. It was expected and customary to stand for everyone who you were going to carry on conversation with. Being under arms meant I did not stand at parade rest or at attention.


Anyway, I am sitting at the desk with my friend, Spc. Victor Rodriguez, when I heard someone say, “Excuse me”. I looked to my right, and I noticed a man wearing DCUs that was covered in more stuff than most soldiers had on their class A uniform. As I was standing up I must have had the most confused look on my face as I am staring up and down his DCUs looking at all these special skill badges and patches. I did notice a gold oak leaf for rank which confused me even more. No, I knew what the hell a major was, but I had never seen so much crap on a uniform and sure as hell not on a major. Oh, and to beat it all, he was a chaplain.


As I look the guy in the eye I notice he looks kind of familiar. He asks where he could find a particular office in this huge, 20,000 sqft building. I directed him to the location and said something to the extent of, “Good day, sir. I didn’t catch the name until he started to walk away. It was Major Jeff Struecker, Blackhawk Down.
 

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While a recruiter, I met Annapolis Naval Academy grad Dan Walker, Governor of Illinois before he went to prison.
At the time, I thought that was special; now, not so much - fairly common.

I also met Larry Stark, a civilian, shortly after his release after being held 5 1/2 years as a P.O.W. by the North Vietnamese. He was awarded a Purple Heart twenty years later - one of only two or three civilians to receive the award. He forfeited his civilian status by taking up arms and helping to defend a position for two days before his capture. He was wounded in the battle.
 

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Penthouse Pets came to Fulda in 1982, back in a different era!

While on the last Netherlands Army exercise Brave Lion in 1994, I had to brief then Prince (now King) Willem...most wasted hour of my life. He couldn't have cared less...but my Female Corporal in G3 Ops was in heaven for the rest of the exercise!
 

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POTUS #41, flew into Campbell Army Airfield and shook toms of hands, including mine. MG Jack Keane, Division Commander of the 101. He chewed me for no having my K-Pot on. He wasn't a dick about it though. CSM Tadina, BDE CSM 1st BDE 3rd InfDiv (mech). Total ****ing legend and slayer of communist sub-humans. " holee CHIT, Mang!"
 

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I met Omar Bradley when I was in ROTC.

When I was in Germany I lived in the BOQ which also served as a hotel for VIPs. I rode the elevator once with Earnest Borgnine. Another time I got on the elevator with a few Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. The Iranian hostages came there when they were released. I saw a few of them in the Officers Club bar which was in the same building.

Met Bush 41 later in my career. Briefed Gen Shalikashvili several times in his office when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

There were probably a few other notable ones I can't recall right now.
 
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