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Old 11-17-2011, 09:20 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I haven't been on the forum much, since I sold our '71 Sovereign....haven't really had much to say, but I do pop in to see what's what from time to time.

I'm finally off Active Duty, after 20 years in the Army. I start my new job as a contractor on the 28th here in town, so we don't have to move, which is a relief. I will officially be retired with 21 years from the Army on April Fool's Day 2012, so I get to double dip on my salaries for a few months, which will pay everything but the house off.

Brooke and I really miss RV'ing, but she is pretty adamant about never getting another Airstream, as long as the kids are still at home...that might change, once we're on our own. What we've decided is to get a Forrest River XLR Thunderbolt Toy Hauler. I started restoring a 1976 Jeep CJ-5 a couple months ago, and it will fit perfectly in the cargo hold of the XLR.

I was messing with the idea of a motorhome and towing the Jeep, but if ever the motorhome needed repair on the road, we'd be out the cost of repairs and a place to stay; if the truck breaks down, we can stay in the 5th wheel and still have the CJ to toodle around.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving and if you all are ever in our neck of the woods, look us up.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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Congratulations on retirement from service Frederic. My wife and I are also military retired (Navy) some years ago. We really enjoy the military RV camps and are at one right now. Feel right at home here, background jet noise and all.

Work on your wife about the Airstream. We are enjoying ours, wouldn't trade it for anything, would be good to have you back in the group.

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Congradulations on your retirement, and thank you for your service to our country.
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Glad to hear you're finally retired. That should keep you stateside for a while. Are you in a teaching position? Not bad duty and San Angelo is a great little town.

Doing a little quick math.....So if you went thru there as a student in say '91 or '92, Susan may well have been your instructor. There were only a couple of female instructors around that time. Strange.

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Glad to hear you're finally retired. That should keep you stateside for a while. Are you in a teaching position? Not bad duty and San Angelo is a great little town.

Doing a little quick math.....So if you went thru there as a student in say '91 or '92, Susan may well have been your instructor. There were only a couple of female instructors around that time. Strange.

Enjoy the toy hauler.

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Jim,

I actually started out my career as a 97E, graduating from DLI in '93 and then Huachuca. I then switched over to Aviation, because there was no need for Russian Interrogators with the fall of the Wall. I came back to MI in '96, when the Hueys were being fased out, and went to Goodfellow in '96 for 98C. Shannon Terrell was one of my instructors.
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Congratulations on your retirement, and staying on with a contractor. It won't be too long before the next retirement comes up......believe me, time moves quickly. I spent my entire 30 yr. career in the Intel business.....last visit to the Goodfellow school house was during my tour as the PACAF Intel Enlisted Functional Manager. I chose location over employment when I left active duty, but still ended up working 15 yrs. for a DoD contractor in a different capacity. Before you know what happened, it will just be you, the wife, and the dog......so, start another love/hate relationship with an Airstream so you can be ready!

Congrats again.....safe travels.

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Congratulations on the retirement Frederic! I just recently (yesterday) found out that the Army has accepted my voluntary retirement for 1 September, 2012. Nice feeling isn't it? Enjoy!
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Congratulations on the retirement Frederic! I just recently (yesterday) found out that the Army has accepted my voluntary retirement for 1 September, 2012. Nice feeling isn't it? Enjoy!
Lance, you have no idea! My late wife's father told me that the last five years go by real quick, but he didn't tell me that the last two months drag!

The hardest part is realizing that I'm no longer a NCO, and I can't smoke students anymore...I can only 4856 them.

Congrats, btw. I take it you're at Hood? That's where I have to go to get my DD214....Brooke and I were there last Friday for the Survivor Benefits Program briefing....what a ripoff.
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Congratulations on your retirement, and staying on with a contractor. It won't be too long before the next retirement comes up......believe me, time moves quickly. I spent my entire 30 yr. career in the Intel business.....last visit to the Goodfellow school house was during my tour as the PACAF Intel Enlisted Functional Manager. I chose location over employment when I left active duty, but still ended up working 15 yrs. for a DoD contractor in a different capacity. Before you know what happened, it will just be you, the wife, and the dog......so, start another love/hate relationship with an Airstream so you can be ready!

Congrats again.....safe travels.

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Thanks, Chief. The last relationship ended up more hate than love, but it was more because the company that "restored" it took me to the cleaners and did a crap job that started falling apart after four years.

If we get another Airstream, it's going to have to have a rear queen bed.

I just realized I spelled "phased" wrong...Jesus, I'm getting dumber.
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Have wondered where you were. A toyhauler behind a Ford, eh? Just remember to keep well to the right when you spot silver in the rearview.

Glad things are taking shape in a manner favorable.

Been reading over on Pirate 4x4? The distinctly juvenile threads here and there are LOL.


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Congrats on your retiring Stingray! San Angelo, just a stones throw away from the sleepy little town of Sonora. My daughter, "Brooke" and her family live there. Next time we swing out that way we may take a ride up to Angelo and drive by just to remind you what silver looks like...
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Have wondered where you were. A toyhauler behind a Ford, eh? Just remember to keep well to the right when you spot silver in the rearview.

Glad things are taking shape in a manner favorable.

Been reading over on Pirate 4x4? The distinctly juvenile threads here and there are LOL.


No, I stay well away from Pirate....never cared for that forum at all; I am on www.jeepforum.com Those guys are a wealth of knowledge and great help, really good bunch of folks, like on here.
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Congrats on your retiring Stingray! San Angelo, just a stones throw away from the sleepy little town of Sonora. My daughter, "Brooke" and her family live there. Next time we swing out that way we may take a ride up to Angelo and drive by just to remind you what silver looks like...
Kidding, enjoy!!

Come on by! The more people who come to visit us, the more Brooke will realize that not all Airstreams are junk. My biggest mistake was having South Jersey RV "restore" ours; my second biggest mistake was going for the "period correct" look. Had I gone more modern and had someone else do the work, we'd probably still have it.
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Come on by! The more people who come to visit us, the more Brooke will realize that not all Airstreams are junk. My biggest mistake was having South Jersey RV "restore" ours; my second biggest mistake was going for the "period correct" look. Had I gone more modern and had someone else do the work, we'd probably still have it.
We are heading to Boerne for Thanksgiving, and then to Blanco on the 8th. Boerne is just with kids and a couple of grandkids but if you were to bring her to Blanco where she could see 20 or 30 Airstreams all in one spot, being used for fun...well that might start some wheels spinning. But.....you cannot get that Jeep into an Airstream.. so, sounds to me like you need two trailers
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