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[QUOTE="Dave Spurlock, post: 425792, member: 9637"] Hey guys, Thanks for giving me the opportunity be among you all in this forum. I'm an old worn out guy that retired in Dec 2012 after about 30 yrs. I used about because of the Constructive time, Reserve time and etc. You know, "Close enough for government work." I enlisted back in 1984 as an AT Aircrewman in the Navy. After bootcamp in San Diego I headed to Millington, then Aircrew school in P'cola and then E-2C aircraft specific training in Norfolk. And with that, here comes the first sea story. My first exposure to SOF folks came right after boot camp. I came into the Navy when I was 27 so as soon as graduation was over, some of my San Diego friends took me over to Coronado to celebrate. During the drink-a-thon I ended up talking with three guys at the bar and they told me about their military experiences since boot camp and they shared a trick with me about PCS'ing and advance pay when you PCS. They were traveling to Millington the next day on one of the old C-9's and told me I could hop on that flight and save the plane ticket boot camp had given to me. Turns out they were a couple of SEALs. Anyway, long story shortened, that is how my early Navy insider education started. Once I got to Norfolk, I end d up meeting a bunch more SEALs when we used to go drinking at "The Ship's Wheel" near Little Creek. They motivated me to start preparing for the try outs which I did but when my package went to the Detailer, he denied my application because at that time the AT rate was under manned and he wouldn't release me. Nevertheless, I maintained my friendships throughout my my time there in Norfolk. I made it up to Senior Chief (after I had transferred to the West Coast) and then got selected for the LDO program. I was an Aviation Maintenance LDO 6330. I ended up retiring in Dec of 2012. I was a LCDR. Thanks again for letting me connect with you guys and I'll start working on my vetting stuff. Dave Spurlock "Spud" [/QUOTE]
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