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Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Scottpro1969 on Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:25 am

Well I knew it was too good to be true. Usually the weather changes before now but we're going to be paying for it for the next couple of days. Looking outside my window at home the rain has now changed over to snow and we're supposed to get anywhere from 6-12" with 35-50 mph winds.

Lucky me, I'm the NCO in charge of blizzard control for the maintenance group here. Should be an intresting time.

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Ex-Air Force as well.

Post  ack on Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:29 am

I just noticed that there's a few active and a few ex-USAF guys here. Great.
I was in the AF for a while and then worked for the Gov't for ~10 years or so.
Joined in '79 and went to the Presidio of Monterey for Language training.
Spent a few years at the NSA and went govvie after that.
Been to quite a few tech schools (all stateside) and specialty training...never got to Minot.
Worked over in Australia at Pine Gap for about 4 years, then went civilian/public sector in the early '90's.
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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Frank N. Peavey on Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:57 am

I feel for you Scott. I never liked winter weather and was really lucky in my 25 years to only have 9 of them with winter weather beyond being cold. My 9 years at Scott AFB cured me of ever wanting to see snow again. I was one of the lucky ones that got picked to help out the CE crowd and do my part on snow removal. Didn't care for it one bit.
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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Scottpro1969 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:35 am

October 27.....50 mph winds, about 6" of snow on the ground so far and no end in sight. Gotta love North Dakota. And the funny thing is this will all be a memory this weekend when it's back up into the 50s. Crazy Razz

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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Frank N. Peavey on Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:09 pm

Brrr... anything under 68 degrees gets my arthritis cranked up. Too many years of being stationed in terrible places like Hawaii and San Antonio ruined me. Sad
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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Stacatto on Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:20 pm

Uh, Indiana is not that far from the Dakotas on the map. We'll be bracing for the big chill...
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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Scottpro1969 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:00 am

Well the storm is over. With all of the wind, the snow was coming down sideways and felt like pins and needles when it hit my face. We "officially" got 6", but the weather gurus said that if there were no wind we would have 12". Hmmm, don't know how they calculate that but...anyway it's damn cold for Oct 28, 17 degrees as I type. Winter has arrived.

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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Frank N. Peavey on Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:07 am

And to think I was complaining about the low 60s this morning when I took the dogs out. Shocked
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Another Ex-Air Force

Post  Stacatto on Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:29 pm

Scottpro1969 wrote:Well the storm is over. With all of the wind, the snow was coming down sideways and felt like pins and needles when it hit my face. We "officially" got 6", but the weather gurus said that if there were no wind we would have 12". Hmmm, don't know how they calculate that but...anyway it's damn cold for Oct 28, 17 degrees as I type. Winter has arrived.

My time in the USAF was short, too.

Was thinking about how a retired Naval Aviator in Memphis-used to refer to weather specialists as "weather guessers"...
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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  Frank N. Peavey on Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:29 am

I've always wondered about that 20% chance of this 30% chance of that. Give it up. There is a 50% chance and that's it. Either it will or it won't. Fifty fifty chance.

Although I would accept a job as a forecaster in Hawaii. You give the same one every day. Cool in the morning, dipping to the low 70s. Mid morning trade shower followed by sunny afternoon with a high around 86.
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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  blanket on Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:11 pm

ack wrote:I just noticed that there's a few active and a few ex-USAF guys here. Great.
I was in the AF for a while and then worked for the Gov't for ~10 years or so.
Joined in '79 and went to the Presidio of Monterey for Language training.
Spent a few years at the NSA and went govvie after that.
Been to quite a few tech schools (all stateside) and specialty training...never got to Minot.
Worked over in Australia at Pine Gap for about 4 years, then went civilian/public sector in the early '90's.

What was your MOS? You got my attention with being at Presidio, but then you admitted publicly that you associated with NSA. Man, have you no pride?
O.K., enough trash talk. I was a traffic analyst back in the days of the Army Security Agency, and had the privilege of being assigned to Shou Linkou Air Station for too short a time. The next Air Base for me was Da Nang, RVN, and that was enough. I spent some time at Ft. Meade, but I was a short timer by then, and never got inside NSA. As close as I got was intercepting a classified document that had been sent out in a plain manila envelope.

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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  ack on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:52 am

blanket wrote:
ack wrote:I just noticed that there's a few active and a few ex-USAF guys here. Great.
I was in the AF for a while and then worked for the Gov't for ~10 years or so.
Joined in '79 and went to the Presidio of Monterey for Language training.
Spent a few years at the NSA and went govvie after that.
Been to quite a few tech schools (all stateside) and specialty training...never got to Minot.
Worked over in Australia at Pine Gap for about 4 years, then went civilian/public sector in the early '90's.

What was your MOS? You got my attention with being at Presidio, but then you admitted publicly that you associated with NSA. Man, have you no pride?
O.K., enough trash talk. I was a traffic analyst back in the days of the Army Security Agency, and had the privilege of being assigned to Shou Linkou Air Station for too short a time. The next Air Base for me was Da Nang, RVN, and that was enough. I spent some time at Ft. Meade, but I was a short timer by then, and never got inside NSA. As close as I got was intercepting a classified document that had been sent out in a plain manila envelope.

Yeah, I forget that some of our beloved agencies are not received very well by the general public. Oh well, those were different times.
I enlisted as a Russian Linguist (208x0) and did my Tech School at The Presidio (not a tough place to be for a kid from the bowels of Central NJ). It's gorgeous there. I later changed my MOS (AFSC) over to ELINT (I was a lousy linguist anyway) and my career took off at an alarming rate. Because of the clearances, I got offered many opportunities for short ops & assignments and I bounced around a lot. I had a great time with the gov't and I owe every success I've had since then to the training I got there.

It's too bad that the military has such a black-eye these days.

Nice job intercepting that manila envelope. You know, sometimes we'd just send docs stamped classified into the field and see what happens...only kidding.
I remember being late for a baseball game and I rushed out of the building and I had inadvertently jammed some working docs in my briefcase. Needless to say, I was a little late to my game. Stuff happens.

Wow. Shou Linkou was a legendary tour stop. I guess a short tour there is better than none....and Da Nang NEVER sounds good.
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Re: Bracing for a blizzard in ND

Post  blanket on Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:52 pm

We had a specific mos, 98G, who looked for security lapses. Needless to say their nickname was not very flattering. I finished AIT at Ft. Devens MA, and had a huge formation in the field house where probably 500 people were there to get their PCS orders. They took the Viet Nam orders first, and got rid of lots of guys. I felt good, I probably wasn't going to Nam, I graduated high enough in my class to get E-4, but nonetheless I was still apprehensive. When I finally heard my name, there were three other guys in my group. When they read off the assignment "Field Station Taiwan" there was a large moan coming from the guys still waiting. My heart sank, I didn't have any idea that the moans were because the four of us were going to Taipei, and they weren't. If it hadn't been for Richard Nixon I would have probably made a career, and spent as much of the 20 as possible in Taipei.

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