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Title: Recieved real orders today
Post by: Pony Racer on March 21, 2006, 05:40:42 pm
Sirs - recieved my real USCG orders today and will be staying in area for another 3-4 years.  I will become the Operations Ashore (small boats, patrol boats, aircraft etc etc) specialist for the office of Defense Policy at USCG HQ.

Respectfully submitted this 21st day of March 2006

Poney racer
aka LCDR Mike Balding, USCG
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: Guns Garrett on March 21, 2006, 06:14:26 pm
A shore-based sailor - go figure!

Kinda like a soldier being "at sea"

Congrats on the assignment.  Keep those bad guys outta here.
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: US Scout on March 21, 2006, 06:27:12 pm
Sounds like a tour at Buzzard's Point.  Not exactly the nicest location in DC, but better than some others.

US Scout
Bvt Brig Gen
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: Four-Eyed Buck on March 21, 2006, 06:27:53 pm
Congratulations, PR. Try not to lose your sea legs while on the beach...............Buck 8) ::) ;) ;D
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: Bull Schmitt on March 21, 2006, 11:04:24 pm
Congratulations Pony Racer on your assignment.  Does this mean the Department of the Atlantic will be blessed with your presence for the next 3 or 4 years? 8)

Bvt Col Bull Schmitt
Commander Department of the Atlantic
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: Frenchie on March 22, 2006, 03:12:46 am
Commander, I was a sand crab all five years in the Canoe Club, never had the chance to blow chow over the fantail  :'(

It's good to know a good man is in the area. Even if he's a Coastie  ;D
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: Pony Racer on March 22, 2006, 09:25:02 am
Commander and all - yep I weill be Dept Atlantic for 3-4 years and maybe extend for year depending on how billets go.

Due to being a command and Staff graduate to be (June) I am being sent to an O-5 job - not bad huh?!!:) as an O-4.  So I will probably be doing staff work until I make O-5.

Frenchie luckily I have always had Sea legs - only time I puked was attached to pier doing ammo counts during Tropical storm.

The smell of military ammo, in a confined space with bad ventalation and getting tossed at pier did me in.  Luckily I did make it to State room and did my business in private.

VR

PR

wahooooooooo shooting this weekend!!
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: US Scout on March 22, 2006, 09:45:25 am
...luckily I have always had Sea legs - only time I puked was attached to pier doing ammo counts during Tropical storm.

The smell of military ammo, in a confined space with bad ventalation and getting tossed at pier did me in.  Luckily I did make it to State room and did my business in private.



Obviously not a DEEP-WATER sailor!  I'm proud to report that in all my years at sea (including a tour on a flat-bottomed LST), I never once lost my ballast.  In fact, the cooks dreaded seeing me come in whenever we encountered rough seas of any kind and asking for a fried egg sandwich, or worse some fried porkchops and eggs.  Only time I came close to losing anything was after we'd gone three weeks without showers (all but one of our fresh-water units had gone down) and I was in CIC (a small, dark and confined room), with three sailors "heaving" away.  The smell got to be a bit much - so I went outside and watched other ships in our convoy dipping below the crests of the waves.  It was still a rough watch to finish though.

US Scout
one-time LT, USN
Title: Re: Recieved real orders today
Post by: Pony Racer on March 23, 2006, 05:37:33 am
A few years ago I was the USCG rep on a Aegis cruise for an exercise and I had arranged before the exercise for some ship to ship training between a Coastie ship and the cruiser.

There must have been about 10 ensigns on the bridge when our 270ft Cutter (USCG calls it a WMEC) showed up onscene.

The ensigns, not knowing better, said "oh wow we get to play with a patrol boat - this is probably the furthest that ship goes out right Sir!!?"

The CO and XO started to laugh as I turned and told them,"No - that kind of ships sometimes goes with Navy patrols to the Med and Black Sea amongst others!"

The look of astonishment and bewilderment on their faces was priceless. They asked - but Sir the ship is so small - doesn't everyone get sick?

On my pukey incident - my XO never let me forget - when tied to pier - some mornings he would come up to me and say - "You know Mike we are at a deep port - ship may move a little at the pier - sure you can hang today - you know I am just ocncerned about you?!!:)"

But it was all in good fun!!

PR
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