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I joined the North Dakota National Guard in the fall on 1990 and attended Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO (Little Korea). Since I had a college degree, I entered as a Private First Class (E-3). From Basic I went to Fort Lee, VA to attend Advance Individual Training (AIT) for 77F, Petroleum Supply Specialist. I more or less happened into 77F since my home town NG unit was water supply and they had both 77F (fuel) and 77W (water) Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). By time I was half way through AIT, I had decided I was going to transfer to active duty. Also half way though AIT, Gulf War I kicked off. The class before us, my class (except me since I was NG), and the two classes after mine went straight over to Kuwait from AIT.

My hometown watersupply unit had left for the Gulf before I had even gone to Basic so I was fully expecting to join them once I returned home. That wasn't the case. I was attached to ND NG Headquaters until they sent me to an Assault Float Bridge unit for my yearly two weeks training. That was alot of fun and they were a pretty good unit. They consistantly beat Regular Army units in bridging competitions and they were a pretty tight group. I returned to Ft Leonardwood for active inprocessing and was able to visit my old basic training unit while there. By then I was a Specialist (E-4) and was treated quite a bit differently .

I arrived in Fulda,Germany in Jan 92' and was assigned to 4/11 ACR. The first person I met getting off the bus was the Rgt Staff Duty NCO, who happened to be one of my drill sergeants. That was rather comical and we would bump into each other a few more times during my tour with the Blackhorse. Upon tranfering active duty I was reduced to my AIT rank of E-3 but was promoted to E-4 after of year of active service. I stayed there unitl we drew down in Dec 93'.

From 11 ACR I went to Illeshiem,GE and 6/6 Cav. Again I was with an aviation unit and already knew a few people since we had served previously in 11 ACR. I was promoted to sergeant (E-5) during this time. I made E-5 in two and a half years, which is pretty good.

Once my tour in Germany was finished, 1996, I reenllisted to goto Ft Lewis,WA. I was assigned to 168th Engineer Bn, part of 3rd Bde, 2 Infantry Division. We were a combat engineer unit and the last unit to get rid of the CEV. During my time there I created a Hazmat program that was used by the Army for a training film.

I was tired of spending six months of the year out in the field so for my next reenlistment I chose a Med Evac unit in Ft Lewis. I was assigned to 54th Med Evac in Jan 98'. I thought I was finally going to get to spend some time with my wife...I was deployed to Kuwait the next month . Actually I volunteered for advance party, which became the only party to go over. Later on I dicovered this was the commander's plan all along. I spent four months in Kuwait that first time. I came home for three months, went back to Kuwait for another four months, came home for three months, and went for another three month tour in Kuwait. During my deployments I came down on orders for Korea.

After fighting my orders to Korea and losing, I was sent to 2-52nd Aviation. This was a CH-47 unit and one of two heavy lift Bn in theater. The only event during my year tour was being able to help fight the largest forest fire in ROK history. By this time, I had decided to get out since I was tired of being gone all the time and the Army was becoming increasingly political. I came down on order for Ft Hood, TX for the remaining six months of my enlistment. It made no sense to send me and all my stuff to Ft Hood for six months and then send it all back to Ft Lewis, where I lived. I found a job in Ft Lewis and notified my branch manager that it would save the Army money if they just sent me straight to Ft Lewis. I was told that I was desparately needed in Ft Hood.

I arrived in Ft Hood to the most NCO heavy unit I had been in . I was assignd to 2-4 Avn Rgt. Ft Hood is definitely not for me and I actually have nothing good to say about my time there. IMO, it represents everything that is wrong with the Army.

I started my terminal leave in Aug of 01' and ended my time in service 24 Sep 01'. I don't regret being in but I'm glad I got out when I did.
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Scott at the time you got out, I'm surprised they didn't call you back to the colors for Iraq or Afghanistan.
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I was holding my breath. I'm collecting 30% disability so I don't know if that would play into it.

I was not excited at the prospect of driving a fuel truck in Iraq.
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Thanks for sharing your MOS with us. Say, you ended up in a fine
area of the US to live. I enjoyed visiting your fine state several
times. If you can get away I recommend the Blue Gull Inn B&B
in Port Townsend. My wife and I enjoyed that spot and canvasing
old Fort Worden while there.





Had to add that up to the moment view of Sherman Pass. Wish I was there to enjoy it.
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The only Sherman Pass I've been up and down is in WY. I didn't know we had a Sherman Pass .
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How to Explore the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway in Washington

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Starting in the city of Republic, Sherman Pass Scenic Byway is surrounded by stunning scenery--and not many travelers. Less well known than other byways, Sherman Pass offers travelers a chance to escape the pressures of civilization for a while. The byway takes visitors through Colville National Forest and then climbs steeply to cross Sherman Pass, the highest maintained pass in Washington State. The views along the byway are of a pristine wilderness area containing cascading creeks and waterfalls, Douglas firs, emerald stands of Ponderosa pine and western larch. Catch a glimpse of an occasional beaver dam and the prominent summit of Paradise Peak on the southern horizon.The byway reveals the story of a diverse history containing enemies who fought on different sides. This same route was once used by Native Americans as they made their way to the Columbia River to fish. The trail later became a wagon route and was named after Civil War General William Tecumsah Sherman, who crossed the area in the 1860s over what is now the scenic byway. The Colville National Forest disproves that Washington state lies flat east of the Cascade Mountains. The 1.1 million acre forest is10,000 years old. Shaped by Ice Age glaciers that carved three major valleys, these ranges--the Okanogan, Kettle River and Selkirk--are known as foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There is a legend that some group mistook one of the valleys for a huge lake because it was so thick with blue camas blossoms. Recreational opportunities are abundant here and include motorcycle and snowmobile trails, lakes with boat launches, discovery trails and scenic drives.

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[SIZE="5"][B] I enlisted in Nov 1967, went to Ft Polk for basic 'combat' training. 11B10, then to the MOS I had enlisted in 72B, landline teletype, Comm Center Specialist. Did so well went from pvt E-1 to Spec 4. Then flew me to Korea, I knew I was going because at Ft Gordon, GA, they posted our assignemts weeks in advance. A lot of RVN, no landline TT.

Thanks to so very couragous sailors, I was sent to Republic of Korea. 304th Sig Bn, A Co.Got there in April 1968, immediatly went to the field.[/B][/SIZE]
I was given a Secret clearance, had a GI drivers license form MiAi Jeeps to 5 ton tractors. Usually went out into the middle of nowwehere, just south of Imjin River. One telephone pole, 10 FGIs, 2 duce & a halfs and a 3/4 ton truck. Three rolls of concertina wire and 40 round each. Didn't find out til years later that the N. Koreans were trying to kill me My sis had been there the year before me, Army Nurse. She'd tell about treating wounded GIs, I though it was overflow from Nam. "No, they were wounded in Korea" she says. Only 77 killed & 104 woulded from '66 to '69.

My little place in history....DMZ Dec 23, 1968. The release of those couragous sailors. Great X-mas gift for '68. I was there JSA, Panmunjom. Hve pictures. Also, have type 2 Diabetes, heart attack, neuropathy...only 63. Butt the 'reward' for Korea was Germany. Frankfurt repo depo...changed my orders from Bremen, to Berlin. Berlin, another place full of 'spooks, spys and women. I guess we were supposed to wear our uniforms all the time to make it harder for the East to' snatch' one of us.

Didn't get unpacked when...no Top Secret Clearance...McNair Barracks, the HHC 2/6th Infantry 11B20, had just left for some training. The CQ was over loaded. Asked me what he was going to do with me. There was an opening at Andrews Barracks indoor pool for a ligfguard, I had my Senior Life Saving from my 1 year of college. Done deal, June '68 til Oct '68 I lived at the pool, daily uniform....California Jams.Si, I guess you could say...I was a Lifegurad in the Infantry. I had to go back to work at CommCenter 72B20 til I left in Aug 1970.

Next MOS....1987, Army National Guard, 95B...M.P. little boy inside all of us men, riding around in jeeps in the desert having fire fights, setting up ambushes> Little or no police work. all counter insergency. Did 9 years....have the longest running time in grade. I had 9 years on E-4.

So here's to all you guys that couldn't get enough playing with machine guns.
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