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#1 SickPuppy

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:54 PM

I saw several e-mails from people interested in this site- now that this is up and running, who do we have out there.

I'm a USAF-R Capt and a CCATT nurse from Patrick AFB. I'm getting ready to deploy to Iraq in a week. This is my 4th deployment, but my first into Iraq (I've flown into the sandbox, but never been actually deployed there).
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#2 lostmedic

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 01:25 AM

I saw several e-mails from people interested in this site- now that this is up and running, who do we have out there.

I'm a USAF-R Capt and a CCATT nurse from Patrick AFB. I'm getting ready to deploy to Iraq in a week. This is my 4th deployment, but my first into Iraq (I've flown into the sandbox, but never been actually deployed there).



Hello,
My name is Morgan. I am a Navy Corpsman. I was in Iraq with Truck Company during OIF 2-2. which is the fall of 2004, thru the spring/summer of 2005. I was in a Motor Transport company that drove all over Iraq. It was an interesting time I would not trade for anything, except more time with my family.
Anyway I am now out the Navy with no chance of recall. I like that.
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 03:07 AM

Hi, folks. I was an Active Duty Army Nurse in Baghdad from Nov 2005-Oct 2006. It was my first taste in RW flight medicine flying AE's from Baghdad to the air-evac hub run by the Air Force. I'm now out and flying civilian RW transport on the east coast, and love my job (as all of us do or we wouldn't be doing it would we). If you're going to the sandbox - be careful over there. If you're coming from it, welcome home. In either event, THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE!!! Hope you all fly safe, and looking forward to meeting some of you at AMTC!!
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 06:24 PM

First, I would like to thank all of the service members who choose to protect my country and way of life. Regardless of politics, you have a difficult and noble job.

I am a prior service Army medical specialist. (Mainly National Guard.) I started as a line medic for a Field Artillery unit and ended in a National Guard combat arms training company. In a strange twist of fate, I was never deployed to Iraq. My total time as an enlisted medical specialist was 10 years and I held the rank of SGT upon my ETS date in 2006. (Pay grade of E5.) Over the past year, I put in a packet for a direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps. Currently, I am waiting to board and should expect a commission before the end of the year. Following the commission, I would not be surprised if I pick up a deployment to the sand box.
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#5 SickPuppy

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:25 PM

First, I would like to thank all of the service members who choose to protect my country and way of life. Regardless of politics, you have a difficult and noble job.

I am a prior service Army medical specialist. (Mainly National Guard.) I started as a line medic for a Field Artillery unit and ended in a National Guard combat arms training company. In a strange twist of fate, I was never deployed to Iraq. My total time as an enlisted medical specialist was 10 years and I held the rank of SGT upon my ETS date in 2006. (Pay grade of E5.) Over the past year, I put in a packet for a direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps. Currently, I am waiting to board and should expect a commission before the end of the year. Following the commission, I would not be surprised if I pick up a deployment to the sand box.

Good luck on the boards, and stay safe on any deployments you might go on- they can actually be a fun experience.
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:30 PM

Hola everyone, I'm also a USAF-R Cpt and have done a bit of everything. Servin my time at Travis AFB. Did AE for a loooong time. First as an enlisted AET, then as a commisioned FN, then CCAT. My civilian life consists of time split between being a staff RN in a Civilian level 2 Trauma Center and as a RW Flight Nurse
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:55 PM

Hello to all. I am also one of the many that got their start in the military. I am currently a National Guard Flight Medic for a Army Medevac Company here in Wisconsin. I also like many of you have gone from CSH, Infantry Medic, Ground Ambulance......You name it probably been assigned. I have been Flying for a bit over 7 years with one deployment under my belt. I also Flew for a little over 18 months with the Army's MAST program flying both Civilian and Military patients in Washington state.

Hope that these forums continue hear from a lot of you and your experiences. Good luck to all and keep your heads down....


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#8 Eddie Callachan

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 06:15 AM

Hi All,

I am flight paramedic with the United Arab Emirates Airforce. One of 13 paramedics/rescue swimmers (South African) employed to perform SAR and Aeromedical. We are using the AW 139 for HEMS work in country and the C-130 or CN-235 for longhaul medevac. We have been as far as Basra, Mosul, Baghdad, Kabul, Kandahar and into Pakistan during the quakes. We are based at Al Bateen Airbase in Abu Dhabi, about 100 miles from Dubai

Looking forward to chatting

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 03:58 PM

I am currently a pediatric ICU nurse and a Peds Critical Care Transport RT with a hospital based service with 1500+ transports/year I am split between the RN and RT positions. On the military side I am an Army medic in the National Guard, I have 22 years of military service (5 active) with 2 deployments to Iraq, Gulf War and OIF.
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 07:19 PM

Hello,
I'm a medic with the WA ANG and currently deployed. I work FT as 3rd service medic and fly PT.
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 05:27 AM

I'm a Captain in the Wyo-NG and climbed the ladder starting out as an Army Medic a loong time ago, and crossed over to the Blue in 2001 where I was a flight med-tech. Who knew 6mos after 9/11 I'd be called up to go overseas? I now work in the Float ICU in a Level 1 Trauma Ctr.

Hope your deployment is going well. Just a couple more weeks to go??? Hopefully you are on a traditional deployment and not being extended. Keep your kevlar close and stay safe.
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 03:39 PM

I'm a Captain in the Wyo-NG and climbed the ladder starting out as an Army Medic a loong time ago, and crossed over to the Blue in 2001 where I was a flight med-tech. Who knew 6mos after 9/11 I'd be called up to go overseas? I now work in the Float ICU in a Level 1 Trauma Ctr.

Hope your deployment is going well. Just a couple more weeks to go??? Hopefully you are on a traditional deployment and not being extended. Keep your kevlar close and stay safe.

This wouldn't be the same Capt Chris, who was a Lt with Wyo ANG and deployed to Scott AFB in 2005 (Aug- Dec)?
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:54 PM

Active duty Squid here. Former 91B ARNG from 12 years ago, became a civilain flight nurse for a while and joined Uncle Sam's Canoe Club in 2006. Getting deployed this year with MLG and just got back from the JECC last week.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:10 PM

Current staff RN at Level 1 trauma ICU. Will start FN with the AF after my graduation from nurse practitioner school in May 2009.
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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

Signed my enlistment contract during the summer after my junior year in highs school. Former USN Reservist 8404 Corpsman, spent time with Division in infantry and transportation.

Also spent time with the CB's, and the old Fleet Hospital CMBTZ Det. J and a hundred other letters I can't remember.

So much fun was had. Great experiences, and Fleet Hospital was a blast. I was a "Four Oh Sailor," with a box full of commendations and recognition, meritorious promotion in boot camp, top of my class in A school, volunteered for everything, and spent as much time on active duty as I possibly could as a college student.

Went on active duty with half my unit about one week before the first Gulf War started, and after returning home, found the general environment in my command to be juvenile and intolerable. My CO's general behavior was like Paris Hilton on steroids; pretentious, mean, and irrational. All he needed was a tiny bald puppy or cat to carry around. Our NCO's (even the CPO's) were afraid of him even though the guy made no sense, and they refused to stick up for us; they really acted like puppies who shat on the floor and knew it was wrong. The command would screw things up, blame it on us, and try to punish us for their idiocy. I took advantage of an early transfer to IRR, tossed my uniforms, and vowed never to have anything to do with the military ever again.

Since I come from a career military family, two siblings are lifers (one is in the sand now), my dad was a lifer, and my mom also served, it wasn't a natural decision for me to shrug off that part of my life, but I was never so angry as I was then because of how we were treated after the first Gulf War.

I've been out for 12 years now, and many times I think I'd like to give it another shot. Finished my degree shortly after that, and a time or two I've considered getting a commission in another branch. We'll see, but the phrase "burn me once, shame on you..." is more than a cliche; it's an instinct. No one wants burned a second time.
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Posted 04 October 2008 - 10:39 PM

No one wants burned a second time.

I would say you already know the answer.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:36 PM

I would say you already know the answer.


Probably.

I'm guessing you are saying that nothing has changed?

Too sad. The sign-on bonuses today are substantially better than what we were seeing in the late 80's.

Of course, this could be a classic example of 'mixed emotions.' Someone acts upon their interests and patriotic spirit, and is rewarded with bureaocracy and insanity. You feel like you did the right thing by joining, but you sometimes think that it mattered not to those to whom it should matter the most.
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:58 PM

Of course, this could be a classic example of 'mixed emotions.' Someone acts upon their interests and patriotic spirit, and is rewarded with bureaocracy and insanity. You feel like you did the right thing by joining, but you sometimes think that it mattered not to those to whom it should matter the most.
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Yup, that's exactly how it is some days. You summed it up perfectly. I took the header back in and acted on interst and patriotic spirit. Some good days and some challenging. I must say I've never regretted it enough to plan getting out.

BLT
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