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06 April 2006 @ 10:28 pm
Hey Everyone! I'm kind of new to the military so bear with me. I just spoke to a recruiter for the first time a few days ago and I've been trying to do some research but I still have a lot of questions. I auditioned for an Air National Guard band and got accepted. Is there anyone in this community who is in a band? The recruiter didn't seem to know as much about being a musician as other jobs... Anyway, i'm wondering what boot camp was like for those of you who have been through it. Also, about deployment...does the national guard usually just have to do things like clean up after hurricane katrina or do you ever get sent into combat? I've heard bands are usually the last units to be sent but the reason i'd be joining is to perform with a good ensemble, education benefits, etc. and I'm still not sure if the military is for me. I'd appreciate any advice or information you guys can give me! Thanks!
 
 
20 March 2006 @ 10:42 pm
Hi Everyone! Im fairly new to all of this so please bear with me.

I have recently considered joining the military and decided on either the Air Force or the National Guard/Air National Guard. I looked online and saw that there are not any Air Force bases close by so it would be hard for me to keep my job and also drive to base on weekends and whatnot. There is a base for the National Guard right in town and I figure my first step is to find out what I will be doing and so on.

I really dont know where to start though. My girlfriend said we should go talk to a recruit this weekend and I agreed to, that way I have more info on the job. But her mom also mentioned to me that recruits suger coat everything and sometimes will not give you straight up answers. I was wondering if somebody would be willing to sit and talk to me about things I have questions regarding. I have MSN and AIM to talk on, But like I said I really dont even know where to begin, this is a HUGE step for me and I just want to make sure I am prepared for this change and know what I am getting myself into.

I hope I dont sound ignorant, I just really dont know where to begin.
 
 
15 March 2006 @ 09:23 am
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Hi, I'm new to the community, by the way. My name's Carlie, I'm 22, from Maine and recently moved to Hawaii.

I was wondering if anyone here has been through an Interstate Transfer with the Army Nat'l Guard? I've been waiting about 3 months to be transferred to a new unit here, and I'm starting to get curious. The only other person I've been in contact with who also had an IST is in the same place that I am, except she's been waiting 4 or 5 months, which obviously doesn't help me much. Hm. I don't know how common that is.
 
 
Current Mood: curiouscurious
 
 
16 January 2006 @ 12:21 pm
He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. And we have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.......
 
 
20 December 2005 @ 04:23 am
Ok im getting ready to move out to iraq in march06. I was not yet told where i will be going. All i wanted to knwo is where in the country do i want to go. I mean i want to see some action. I was told by ppl that wear just over all they did was sit around. All they coudl to pass time was watch the sun move from east to west. Im in a combat MP company if any one knows what mps are doing over plez let me know. i just want to hear if from some one that is still over there or just home.



PFC KOLATSKI
 
 
 
14 November 2005 @ 11:27 pm
You know what i think... I think that next time we have drills we should try to get our friends to join this site. because it is really tiny here and it would be cool to get like 75 or so people. just the thought of the day :)
 
 
08 November 2005 @ 12:22 am
Won the 37th BCT NCO of the Year board. I will compete for the State of Ohio NCO of the Year in January.
 
 
24 October 2005 @ 11:43 am
Won two boards this weekend... so now I am the battalion NCO of the Year. Brigade board in two weeks.
 
 
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: We Don't Care Anymore - Story of the Year
 
 
27 September 2005 @ 07:34 pm
Well as some of you know my company was deployed to the state of missippi to help out after mother nature took some anger out on the state. I had been down there from about a month when this tuesday the 27th we were supposed to start our trip home. Insted we ended up going west. I am now at the LSU campus writeing this from a computer in the basketball court complex. I hope this new mission is better then the one we had back in ole miss. Well more to come latter. If you want to know how i am on a day to day basis call my cell 1(586)944-7493 see you all soon




~FRANK~
 
 
16 May 2005 @ 01:42 am
WOW this week has been very busy for me. All i have to say is that my Unit is very active when shit goes down in this state. Last well i got called at 0300(3am) three times to go to my unit for QRF(quick Reaction Force). Wed i have to go to the baseball feild for a drill on what to do if anthrax was found in the area. That was fun..All dressed up in my chemical suit wich addes about 10-15 deg to the temp when it was about 75. Then on Thurs i had to go to metro airport for an drill on a terr cell claiming that they where going to shoot down planes. i was at the air port from about 0800(8am) till about 1644(4:45pm). The hard part was getting back to the unit. Me being the i dont give a fuck type person jumped the grass that divides the road and blocked traffic so the 30-35 hmmwv(military hummers)convoy can cross the road. My 1sgt loved that one but hell i got the convoy home in record time for that time of day. I only caused a 2 mile backup near the air port. Now ill tell what i did friday. Well at 0300(3am) i get the call
CALLER "PV2 Kolatski"
ME(still sleeping) "yeah"
CALLER (firm voice "Dont you YEAH me..do you know who this is"
ME(little me awake) "i have no idea. all i know is its early"
CALLER (kinda pissed now) "well its sargent koz"
ME (shocked) [under my breath]"oh shit" (in to fone) "yes sgt koz"
SGT KOZ (laughing) "now that ur awake you can drive down to the unit again. We get to go to the bridge today."
ME "sgt no disrespect but are u jokeing with me"(sgt koz is a very jokeing person)
SGT KOZ "nope im not jokeing we get to go to the bridge to canada"
ME " yes SGT im on my way"

well i arived at the unit around 0700(7am) and waited till about 1500(3pm) just to be told that we could go home. Thats what i got to all week.