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  1. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    He said the training was good, but they were...

    He said the training was good, but they were confined to base, which makes for long evenings. He was hppy to get some more qualification fulfilled.
  2. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Ben has had a session with his CO and the bottom...

    Ben has had a session with his CO and the bottom line is that he wants to stay in and the Corps want to retain him. He was told his probable course for the future and it is what he was looking for....
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    Well, I had the meeting with the staffer from...

    Well, I had the meeting with the staffer from local office. I gave him a couple of weeks to respond, then today I called him. It was a most unsatisfactory conversation. He gave me boilerplate and...
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    No doubt, I would! I did meet with a staffer from...

    No doubt, I would! I did meet with a staffer from my Congressman and I asked him not attach my name to my request for a progress report. The integrity of the Squadron Commander is what just would not...
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    My concern is the propublica piece I linked to...

    My concern is the propublica piece I linked to that calls into question the official investigation.
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    It has been suggested to me that my even...

    It has been suggested to me that my even mentioning this might have negative repercussions for my son. Any thoughts? If there is even a chance, I would delete the topic.
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    Found it...1600+ pages Download link...

    Found it...1600+ pages
    Download link
    https://news.usni.org/2019/09/26/marine-investigation-into-fatal-fighter-tanker-crash-off-japan
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    This piece from Japan Times seems to indicate...

    This piece from Japan Times seems to indicate that the report has been released.
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    It's out. The article i linked has quotes....

    It's out. The article i linked has quotes. Perhaps they had to do a FOIA to get it. I have emailed one of the authors. If he replies, maybe he has some info.
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    I have looked for the report of the investigation...

    I have looked for the report of the investigation but cannot find it. If anyone can, I would appreciate a link.
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    That was a major point for the squadron commander...

    That was a major point for the squadron commander as he alerted his chain to multiple ticking time bombs. When Mattis made SecDef I had such high hopes that rooting out non-hackers might just be...
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    Investigation of Okinawa crash of Dec 2018

    This is my first in the Aviation forum. My participation has been limited to the Parent forum "Recruit dad here." My son is currently assigned to VMA-542 at Cherry Point. When I began that thread,...
  13. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Being a Mustang, he knows all about the NCO's and...

    Being a Mustang, he knows all about the NCO's and has none of the "know-it-all" attitude. He's wrapping that big west coast exercise and looking forward to hetting back to home base ASAP.
  14. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Ben reported to the fleet in June, remaining at...

    Ben reported to the fleet in June, remaining at Cherry Point with VMA-542. The transition has been a little slow. The squadron is deploying later this year and their training began before he...
  15. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Thank you kindly. As I have said before, I am...

    Thank you kindly. As I have said before, I am grateful for this board and the input that y'all made. Esp in the early days, when I knew pretty much nothing, It was easy for me to keep it going. So, a...
  16. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    No danger of his forgetting that.

    No danger of his forgetting that.
  17. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Ben has been flight training for over three and a...

    Ben has been flight training for over three and a half years. Hard to believe how in WW2, the were putting kids in planes after just a few weeks. Next big thing is a training detachment to Yuma at...
  18. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Ben is about halfway through Harrier syllabus....

    Ben is about halfway through Harrier syllabus. Solo a couple weeks ago. Availability of jets is a continuing obstacle. (Not OPSEC Deficit of flying ours is publicly acknowledged).

    Otherwise, he is...
  19. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Finally got in the Harrier the Thursday before...

    Finally got in the Harrier the Thursday before Christmas. Said the acceleration felt like "half a cat shot." He is super excited looking ahead and is well and truly over not getting F-18 in Cali. Had...
  20. Really like the spirit in your son. If he is not...

    Really like the spirit in your son. If he is not to be a Matine, here's hoping he will find a lofty goal to aim for.
  21. He was surely evaluated as a man the Corps wants...

    He was surely evaluated as a man the Corps wants and needs. Please keep us updated.
  22. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Perhaps the mods can move your post to the poolee...

    Perhaps the mods can move your post to the poolee forum.
  23. How did this turn out? I would have been a basket...

    How did this turn out? I would have been a basket case. Though, this board really helped keep me anchored in reality.
  24. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    The T-45 problems has slowed the training...

    The T-45 problems has slowed the training pipeline; but it looks like Ben will get underway with Harrier training in the next week or so. He went ahead and got his FAA licenses and has already...
  25. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    He's on the west coast, in his words, beginning...

    He's on the west coast, in his words, beginning the five day California super diet; aka S.E.R.E. training. Of course, I had to search the net to see what I could learn. He has been very closed...
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