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I Got a Little Misty-Eyed Today

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by LoadToadBoss, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. LoadToadBoss

    LoadToadBoss IYAAYWOT

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    I attended the retirement ceremony for a guy I first supervised after he arrived at his first duty station. He was a brand-new Airman Basic (E-1) right out of basic training and technical school. I was a Technical Sergeant (E-6) back in 1986. We served together until that base closed down in 1992 including deploying together to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield/Storm.

    Twenty-six years after our first meeting he is retiring today as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8)--same rank I retired at 13 1/2 years ago. A few weeks ago he looked me up and asked me to give the invocation at his retirement ceremony. He said that I was there at the beginning of his career and he wanted me there at the end.

    While chatting before the ceremony, he told me that in those early days he saw in me everything he wanted to be as an Air Force professional. He was always a good kid and a pleasure to lead. He went on to have a stellar career mentoring others the way he said I mentored him. I'm proud to have known him and proud to have made a positive impact on his life and career.

    A salute to Senior Dave on his retirement!:patriot: I'm proud to have served along side you!
    :usaf: Go Air Force!
     
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  2. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    That is so awesome my friend:usmc::patriot:
     

  3. pipedreams

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    With all the bad news this is great to read.

    :patriot:
     
  4. bruzer

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    Excellent. Thank you both for serving our country.
    Semper Fi
    Mike
     
  5. slick64

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    Great Story. Leading by example is always a good thing.
     
  6. bmoore

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    Glad you got to be there for your friend, that must have been a nice ceremony. Thanks for your service.
     
  7. AF-Odin

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    LoadToad,

    Thanks to you for helping to welcome your friend Dave to the ranks of AF retired.
     
  8. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    Congratulations!!!!!!!

    The mentoring you did, paid off.

    That man paid it forward, because of you.


    Well done!!!
    (And that sure was a classy thing he did, inviting you back, for his retirement!!)

    Well done. . . . indeed!

    :patriot:
     
  9. skeeter1959

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    Thanks for posting this. Great read.
     
  10. razageorge

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    That's pretty cool of him to ask you to be there after all these years, you must of made a great impression to him.
     
  11. Foxterriermom

    Foxterriermom No place like home

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    You have every reason to be notonly proud of him, but of yourself. Thank you both for your service!
     
  12. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Great story. I would be happy, honored and proud. :thumbsup:
     
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    great job, thanks to you, and thanks for posting this.

    What a nice thing to read as my son has just started his life's journey in the USAF last fall. Hope's he's fortunate to have a mentor like you.
     
  14. tadbart

    tadbart duuuuude.

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    that's pretty cool. congrats to Dave on his retirement, and thanks to you both for serving. if i could go back and kick my own stupid punk ass after high school, i'd be 20 years into the USAF.
     
  15. Fred Hansen

    Fred Hansen Liberal Bane

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    God bless you both, and thanks also to the both of you for your service. :beer:
     
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    Glockworks Ready/Aim/Fire Silver Member

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    Ditto