My Army Units

304sig.gifMy first unit I was sent off to at the tender age of 18 was with the 304th Signal Battalion in S. Korea.  The place was in the middle of nowhere (except for those who are originally from the village of Waegwon where I was stationed)….it was a stark reminder of how easy I had it in the cornfields of Indiana.

The 304th Signal Battalion is a theater-level, echelon above corps tactical signal unit, forward-deployed in the Republic of Korea. The unit provides tactical command and control communications support using Digital Group Multiplexing Assemblages, Tropospheric Radio Systems, Digital Switch Systems and associated communications equipment. Primary services offered by the battalion to its customers include tactical voice, telephone, data communications and message traffic support.

The 304th Signal Battalion’s mission is to provide tactical communications support as part of the theater integrated strategic-tactical network in support of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea, Eighth U.S. Army and non-DoD U.S. government organizations within our areas of responsibilities. The battalion’s goal is to provide quality, reliable communications support to the warfighter.

My second unit was with the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion over in West Fort Hood…still a part of the main base but, like Waegwon, in the middle of nowhere.  Killeen and Copperas Cove were the 2 closest towns.  My daughter was born at the Army hospital in 1988.  Before she was born I lived in the barracks and there was an airfield right across from our quarters.  Once in a while the thrust of the C130’s would shake our windows. And yes it was quite awesome…

My last active duty assignment was with the 6th Cavalary Battalion (Air Combat).  We serviced Apache helicopters and yes, it was always awesome to watch them birds fly.

The 8th U.S. Army’s Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade (MFAB) was officially formed as the 2nd Aviation Brigade — 16 June 2005 marked the activation the 2nd Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade (MFAB). The newly consolidated aviation unit includes Apache Longbow attack helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopters, CH-47 Chinook medium lift helicopters and manages the Eighth Army C-12 Huron (fixed wing aircraft) detachment. The 8th U.S. Army aviation took a big step by transforming its brigades into multifunction aviation brigades when elements of the 17th Aviation Brigade consolidated with the 3-6 Attack Helicopter Battalion from the 6th Cavalry Brigade. The 6th Cavalry cased its colors, but the spirit lived on in each trooper who will carry it forward to the MFAB.

Websites:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/304sig.htm

http://www.forthoodausa.org/adopted_units_corps.shtml

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/6cav.htm

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Working with Archival Records

nara-archivesgov-blue-home.gifI just worked a case today that fell into the criteria of an archival record. It was a Marine Corps military record dating back to World War II.  It is always awe inspiring for this civil servant, handling such tremendous pieces of history.  I think about what this particular soldier went through as he was sent off to war, what his family had to endure….his sacrifices for this country and those overseas.  It makes me realize that even though the job can be tedious there are individuals out there grateful to have these records preserved and are able to come in for a piece of their history. America’s history…

You can request military records through my organization’s website at:  http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

Sweet anticipation (update)

badgeccreal.gifThere is an Army engineering unit interested in me becoming their AGR person….just WAITING for the medical waiver regarding my knee.  Sweet and agonised anticipation.  I spoke to someone on the phone from the unit and they asked me if I knew I had to join the Army Reserves for this position. I told him I already was planning to join and that my enlistment package was before the review board.  The guy seemed eager to take me on. He had my resume for an all of three days.  Soooooo…..I left a msg. with my recruiter to see what can be done to speed up the process. If I do not hear back from him today I will be going to the recruiting station and see what is going on. He is also a new recruiter so I want to make sure everything is being done to get me back in.

WHAT is AGR Exactly?

Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Soldiers serve full time and enjoy the same benefits and entitlements of Active Duty Soldiers, including full pay, medical care for themselves and their immediate family and the opportunity for retirement after 20 years of Active Service. Soldiers serving within the AGR Program are stationed worldwide in positions that directly support the Army Reserve.

Active Guard Reserve Soldiers work in these areas:

  • Recruiting
  • Public Affairs
  • Transportation
  • Quartermaster
  • Chemical Corps
  • Military Police
  • Signal
  • Finance
  • Adjutant General
  • Engineer
  • Military Intelligence
  • Ordnance
  • Medical Service Corps
  • Army Nurse Corps
  • Judge Advocate General’s Corps
  • Civil Affairs
  • Aviation

Websites:

http://www.armyreenlistment.com/agr.htm

http://www.iowanationalguard.com/HRO/HRODefault.htm

Met with recruiter

Well, they asked me if I wanted to return to active duty…have to ponder on that one a bit.  A friend of mine is trying to help me obtain an assistant professor position at West Point so will wait and see how that pans out. If it looks like it might take awhile to get the position over there then I will accept a reserve assignment and if for some reason I do get the teaching position will transfer to a reserve unit at West Point and if I do not get it then will consider returning to active duty so that I can finish my retirement.  All I need right now according to the the recruiter is 9 more years.  Something to do with reserve points and how they add up to the total cumulative average for retirement.  I wait with bated breath……….