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Worrgamesguy
08-19-2010, 07:28 PM
Hey guys and girls,

For those who have seen me and my posts, you know that I'm joining the Air Force. I'm 19 and will be 20 soon, and figured out in 2 semesters that college isn't my cup of tea... yet.

So for many months I've been researching and trying to get in shape, and now I've finally taken the steps to get this ball rolling. I tried for 2 weeks to get into the recruiter's office with no luck. It was always locked with nobody inside. My dad's friend is an ex Air Force recruiter and called a few people to get me scheduled for a meeting. He did some serious tongue lashing because I got an appointment scheduled in the next 2 days.

I had my first meeting with the recruiter on Tuesday (8/17). Since I already knew what to expect, the meeting was very easy on both the recruiter and me. My dad's friend called the recruiter's superior's SUPERIOR. I didn't know that. So the recruiter bumped me to the top of the list. For processing and shipping off to Basic, he said it would be 9-12 months. Since I was bumped, processing took 2 weeks and I'll be gone in 4-6 months.

He asked what I scored on the ASVAB, and I said I had only taken a pretest. So he sat me down and I took another pretest for him to see, and I got a 79, which will more than likely be a low-80s on the real test, which will qualify me for any job I want.

I decided that I wanted to be Security Forces (AF version of Army Military Police), and with my ASVAB score it will be a shoo in. I just know I want to be Law Enforcement, I think K9 Handler would be ideal.

In celebration of my first meeting, my dad took me to the gun range and rented an AR15 and let me run 60 rounds through it. Also shot his .40 cal H&K USP Compact and my family heirloom .22.

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I went to my 2nd meeting today (8/19) and went over premedical documents. During the middle of the meeting, he gets a phone call that I kinda tuned out, but I heard a few swear words and a lot of excitement. He hangs up, gives me a funny look, and says "What are you doing Monday?" "Nothing, why?" "You want to go to a Titans game?"

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You're kidding?! YES! All I've got to do is work the Air Force booth for 3 hours beforehand and watch the game after. I'm so excited!

ASVAB test on Tuesday (8/24).

The reason for this thread is because I enjoy your support, it motivates me and gives me strength. Nothing makes me glow more than hearing someone saying they're proud of me or thanking me for doing what others won't. It will also help me keep track of time, and when it comes time, I'd love to get letters from all of you when I'm at Basic.

Thanks,
Trey Nichols

nvr2L8
08-19-2010, 09:32 PM
Trey,

Best of luck - this is a bold decision and I know your family must be very proud. We'll all be intersted in tracking your progress so stay in touch. Just look for a base near a trout stream!

jeffnles1
08-20-2010, 12:32 AM
Trey,
Best of luck. I'm very happy for you and like nvr2l8 said, I'm sure your parents are very proud (as you should also be). Please do keep us posted on your progress.
Jeff

Paula Begley
08-20-2010, 12:44 PM
Best of luck, Trey. We'll all be pulling for you, buddy!

Paula

Payne102
08-21-2010, 10:41 AM
Best Wishes Trey. Thank you for your service to our country.:smile:

Worrgamesguy
08-23-2010, 01:42 PM
Thanks guys :smile: This is what I do it for.

Titans game today. Leaving here at 2:15, getting to the recruiter's office at 3:00, working the Air Force trailer/games until kickoff, then we get to watch the game. :biggrin:

Worrgamesguy
08-24-2010, 01:39 PM
Game was a lot of fun last night. The Titans whomped the Cardinals until the 4th where the Cards finally got a TD. 24-10 final.

ASVAB today. Leaving here in about 45 minutes, meeting up with the recruiter for paperwork, and then taking the test.

Worrgamesguy
08-24-2010, 08:31 PM
Got an 85 on my ASVAB! Yay! I need a 50 to get Security Forces, and when I called my recruiter after the test, he said, and I quote... "Congrats man, you now have any job in the Air Force at your finger tips."

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nvr2L8
08-24-2010, 09:54 PM
Knew you had it in you, Trey. Take the AF by storm!

Worrgamesguy
09-26-2010, 11:01 PM
Been awhile since I've updated. I still don't know anything new, going to call the recruiter tomorrow to find out some hopefully new information.

But today I bought myself an early birthday gift. I got $500 back from college that I'd forgotten about, had a $150 budget from my parents (that's what they spent for my brother's birthday), so I added in $100 of my own money and picked this baby up.

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Happy as can be haha!

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My first firearm. It'll be good to get some more practice on the M16 platform before basic.

MadisonBoats
09-27-2010, 08:33 AM
Been awhile since I've updated. I still don't know anything new, going to call the recruiter tomorrow to find out some hopefully new information.

But today I bought myself an early birthday gift. I got $500 back from college that I'd forgotten about, had a $150 budget from my parents (that's what they spent for my brother's birthday), so I added in $100 of my own money and picked this baby up.

Happy as can be haha!

My first firearm. It'll be good to get some more practice on the M16 platform before basic.

I am happy for you bud and I hope the roads of life lead you where you want to go. It is hard to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life at your age. It took me a few years and a few set-backs too to find my path. I am proud of your choice to try and serve the Air Force. It is a very honorable profession and a great stepping stone to other opportunities.

I suggest you write down on a piece of paper a simple diagram of where you want to be in the next five-years and draw/write out the steps to get there...I know that may sound silly; but, it helps me to visualize things at times.

Also, go to your local library and read everything you can about Air Force Training and Operations. Get yourself a step ahead and learn before you have to learn. This proactive approach will help you stand out and will help you succeed in the long-run.

Best Wishes!
Shawn Madison

Jim Casada
09-27-2010, 08:41 PM
Worrgamesguy--I would like to echo what MadisonBoats said and add a few thoughts. (1) Keep a diary of some kind--written, on a computer, saved on a flash drive, or whatever. I can't tell you how often and how much I regret not having created some record of the years of my life which you are now entering. (2) Take some time, once a year, to see where you are and where you need to go in the five-year plan Shawn mentions, and (3) Read not only the military manuals he mentions--just read--period. You'll always be learning and books are a friend which will never desert you. Finally--good luck!
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

BlueRaiderFan
09-28-2010, 05:06 AM
Trey,

Not that you will need to, but just in case: Always know where cover is nearby. Not a tent with thin cloth walls (that's concealment and won't stop shrapnel/bullets), but real cover: A hole in the ground, an armored vehicle, a pile of sand bags...something solid. Start noticing these things around you in training and if you ever go to the big sand box you will be prepared. A bush won't stop anything, but a tree will. Clean your weapon a lot. Keep the bolt lightly oiled too...especially in the desert. Always know where you are on a map. Save your money in the bank while others are out partying. One day, you may want to buy something substantial (like a house or land) and you'll have the money instead of having drank it all up.

BRF

Worrgamesguy
09-28-2010, 03:09 PM
Thanks for the pointers, guys.

Shawn - That whole 5 year plan never worked for me. I'm not organized enough to keep track of a piece of paper for 5 years :rolleyes: I think in high school I did that at least once a year, and it was lost LONG before the year ended. Good thought though, I always like to plan mentally, I never lose it there :biggrin:

Jim - I've been meaning to keep a journal, but haven't gotten around to it. My mom has kept a diary for almost 20 years now, from pregnancy until this very day. She said she's going to give it to me one day, I don't know when, but I liked the idea of keeping thoughts down on paper. Also one of my motivations for joining is the brotherhood, I'll never be alone again.

Dwayne - Thanks for your concern of my safety. But, if I deploy, I won't be anywhere near the front lines. I'll hopefully be doing Security Forces, In-Air refueling, or a loadmaster. Security Forces will have me guarding planes, checking IDs at the gate, and BS work like that :p The way my family friend put it - "you have the Air Force base that you will be on. You have the Army around you. Then the Marines are around them. You're not gonna get touched!"

I've already got a plan for my savings, I'll be doing about $500 a month to go into savings. I saw a poster every day in high school that shows two guys and their saving habits. One starts at 19, puts $2,000 a year into his savings account until age 26 and stops. The other starts at 26, puts $2,000 a year into his savings until age 65 and stops. He never caught the first guy. Not even close.

BlueRaiderFan
09-28-2010, 04:34 PM
You're probably right, but keep in mind: Mortars go a LONG way, so at least remember the cover lecture;) (guys that have never experienced indirect/direct fire tend to freeze up for a second) Yeah, if you can pile on the savings between now and 30, you can stop and you'll be set when you retire. My father in law did that until 45 and retired at 55. He spends his days on the beach in a 4500 square foot custom built home.

Worrgamesguy
09-28-2010, 06:26 PM
You're probably right, but keep in mind: Mortars go a LONG way, so at least remember the cover lecture;) (guys that have never experienced indirect/direct fire tend to freeze up for a second) Yeah, if you can pile on the savings between now and 30, you can stop and you'll be set when you retire. My father in law did that until 45 and retired at 55. He spends his days on the beach in a 4500 square foot custom built home.

I'll be in the Smokies, you follow me? ;)

BlueRaiderFan
09-28-2010, 07:11 PM
I wish. I may get a smalll piece of land up that way so I don't have to pay to camp though.

Worrgamesguy
09-29-2010, 04:41 AM
I'll probably end up in Knoxville or one of it's suburbs.

Tarheelflyfishing
10-01-2010, 09:59 PM
Good luck man! Won't be a bit surprised if you make it all the way to the top. You'll be well ahead of the rest of the cadets at basic. Sincerely appreciate your service.

God speed,

Tyler

Worrgamesguy
10-10-2010, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the kind words Tyler. We need to go fishing sometime, talk is cheap when nothing comes to fruition!

UPDATE!:

I got a call on Monday (10/04) from my recruiter asking if I was available on Wednesday and Thursday to go MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). I gladly agreed, not caring if I had plans or not, this is far more important.

Wednesday the 6th rolls around and I had to go to the recruiter's to do a TON of pre-physical paperwork. I drive up to the hotel and got checked in around 4:30. We stayed at the Millennium Maxwell House, so it was pretty nice. My roommate arrived shortly after I did, talked for awhile, he's joining the Navy. I was the only Air Force guy there, everyone else was Army, Navy, or Marines. There was one Coast Guard guy though.

We decide around 7:00 to go eat dinner. When we went up to the buffet for seconds, I noticed a girl sitting by herself in the corner, who I had seen playing video games in our "common room." I asked her if she would like to join us, and she agreed. So minutes turn to hours of talking, she's an odd character but a lot of fun. We turned in 10 minutes before curfew because time had gone that fast.

Woke up at 4:00 AM on Thursday morning, the 7th. Got to MEPS around 5:45 after breakfast and the short commute. Went over even more paperwork, and started the physical. Everything went well, I was the first one done because I didn't have to wait to get into the Air Force office.

So, the short version: I'm officially signed and sworn in as an Airman in the United States Air Force :cool:

Oh, and the girl? We went out later that night... and the night after... :rolleyes:

nvr2L8
10-10-2010, 09:48 PM
So, Trey, in what branch of the service was she enlisting? Don't want to cross-polinate among the wrong groups (i.e., Air Force and Navy). Can't come to any good. :rolleyes:

Worrgamesguy
10-12-2010, 01:35 AM
So, Trey, in what branch of the service was she enlisting? Don't want to cross-polinate among the wrong groups (i.e., Air Force and Navy). Can't come to any good. :rolleyes:

Haha she is going Navy. Nothing wrong in having some fun before Basic Training :biggrin:

Worrgamesguy
10-24-2010, 05:02 PM
Recruiter sent me to the Titans game today, oh dang, life sucks :cool:

Got a $30 parking pass for free, worked the inflatable rides for an hour or two, and then got a Media Pass for the event. Not a bad deal at all.

Worrgamesguy
11-01-2010, 09:39 PM
Spent the weekend celebrating my birthday in Knoxville with some family friends. On Halloween, my birthday, we drove down through Townsend on the way to the Smokies to sight see. Of course, I had to stop in LRO. Had a good chat with Byron and Daniel, and picked up some Stealth Bombers because I couldn't order them online.

We intended on going to Elkmont and walk the trails, but I don't know my way around the park as well as I thought, and we ended up at Cades Cove. We had the misfortune of driving the scenic route, although beautiful, was a mess of tourists stopping to take pictures of the deer, turkeys, and fall colors :mad:

9 mile loop took us like 2 hours to get out, and that's taking a shortcut that knocked 2 miles off. The scenery was worth it though :smile:

Excellent way to spend my 20th!

Worrgamesguy
12-03-2010, 04:23 AM
Yesterday I booked my job! I called the recruiter on the 1st and he said he had a job for me. I was kind of worried because he said it wasn't Security Forces. Turns out they wanted me to do In Flight Refueling, and who am I to say no!!! I went in to the office yesterday and signed my contract!

This is all you need to know: I signed for 6 years as In Flight Refueling, and leave for Basic Military Training on March 1st! :biggrin:

BlueRaiderFan
12-03-2010, 02:33 PM
Alright, Trey! Sounds like a good job. I almost went the mechanic route for the Air Force..decided to go infantry instead. Stay positive when others won't and you'll have a good career. I had 12 in when I got out.

Worrgamesguy
02-26-2011, 03:07 AM
Well guys, the time has come. I fly out on Tuesday. Thanks for your support!

BIGBR
02-27-2011, 07:46 PM
I'm new here but i went back and read your posts. I wish you the best and hope you enjoy your time serving. I'm sure you are looking forward to it. Have fun be safe and god bless

Worrgamesguy
02-28-2011, 04:21 PM
Thank you. I'm ready to get it over with (Basic Training that is). I'm heading up to the hotel now, wake up at 4 AM and ship off around noon.

nvr2L8
03-31-2011, 09:18 PM
Hang in there, bud. You're going to do just fine.

Worrgamesguy
04-28-2011, 07:57 PM
I graduated today, gentlemen!

Streamhound
04-29-2011, 10:12 AM
Good Job Trey.
Whats the next step?

Worrgamesguy
04-29-2011, 03:40 PM
Next step is tech school which I believe is 6 months long. The entire 8 weeks I thought about what fly rod I was going to buy to carry with me in my travels ;) Places like Spain, Italy, Germany, Alaska (counts as overseas haha)

Worrgamesguy
07-30-2011, 11:51 PM
Well it certainly has been awhile. I got my wings on June 14th, went to survival school and water survival, and got to my first base two weeks ago today. I'll be stationed at Travis AFB between Sacramento and Oakland.

There was an airshow today so I was able to step foot on the plane I'll be flying on for the next 6+ years of my career. I can't wait to start flying!

If you haven't read this thread, I'll be doing in flight refueling. I fly the boom from the back of the aircraft and refuel other planes.

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Pictured is my plane, the KC-10. The metal rod under the tail is the boom, and also pictured is the refueling pod. I sit in that chair with the joysticks and guide the boom into the receptacle.

I also took a picture with Captain Kristin "Mother" Hubbard, Thunderbird F-16 pilot. She was the event coordinator/narrator for the airshow in Smyrna. My mom worked with her a lot, and we found out last week my mom has cancer :frown: So I knew it would make her day if I sent her a picture of me in my flight suit with Captain Hubbard.

BlueRaiderFan
08-08-2011, 10:19 PM
I almost took that exact same job with the Airforce and then decided to go infantry at the last minute (I think I had a virus). Sorry to hear about your mother. The good news is that cancer survival rates are very good these days for most cancers. Sounds like you are in a nice area. I bet there are some nice places to fish around that area. Hope you are well.

Worrgamesguy
08-11-2011, 12:29 AM
Yeah, she's doing very well. 6 weeks of chemo and she'll roadtrip my car out here! Quite the trooper.

But today was the crowning piece. Incentive flight :biggrin:

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Worrgamesguy
03-29-2012, 06:26 PM
Wow it's been awhile. I haven't been fishing in a long time :frown:

Finally started doing my job. LOVE IT!

Sim:

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buzzmcmanus
03-29-2012, 07:38 PM
Awesome live shots. Glad to see that you love what you do.

Thanks.

silvercreek
03-30-2012, 09:00 AM
Neat. Stay safe.

yonder
03-30-2012, 09:13 AM
wow!!! what a job!!! stay safe and thanks for your service to our country.

Corbo
04-01-2012, 12:02 PM
Hey Trey;

My Nephew, Hugh "Tim" Corbett Jr. is an airforce pilot about your age... he was supposed to be flying a re-fueler but recently took some sorta "top secret" duty flying in aphganistan. He is home-based in Florida, but went to CA and is likely now deployed.

Perhaps you know him?

Tell him Uncle Richard says hello!

Worrgamesguy
04-06-2012, 02:01 AM
Awesome live shots. Glad to see that you love what you do.

Thanks.

Not bad for a 21 year old :biggrin:

Neat. Stay safe.

Thanks, will do.

wow!!! what a job!!! stay safe and thanks for your service to our country.

Appreciate that last statement. Californians really don't care about servicemen.

Hey Trey;

My Nephew, Hugh "Tim" Corbett Jr. is an airforce pilot about your age... he was supposed to be flying a re-fueler but recently took some sorta "top secret" duty flying in aphganistan. He is home-based in Florida, but went to CA and is likely now deployed.

Perhaps you know him?

Tell him Uncle Richard says hello!

I don't know him, but there's all sorts of planes in FL. Sounds like he's flying a C-130 variant if it's TS out of FL.