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  1. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Well, he got his name on a Harrier and his, I...

    Well, he got his name on a Harrier and his, I dunno, "call sign?" I do know that the reference is to Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" and of course, involves ball busting. For one thing, he is on the...
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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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    No danger of his forgetting that.

    No danger of his forgetting that.
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    No word, though what I read is that 2025 is the...

    No word, though what I read is that 2025 is the retirement date. His Air Contract runs to 2023.
  16. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    He had a great CQ at the USS Eisenhower. Trapped...

    He had a great CQ at the USS Eisenhower. Trapped on every landing. No bolters or wave offs. Said he was surprised by how"not nervous" he was.
  17. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Winging ceremony is tomorrow at Meridian NAS. Due...

    Winging ceremony is tomorrow at Meridian NAS. Due to health issues, his mother and I cannot be there, but a good number of family will be. I would invite anyone who has followed his journey and can...
  18. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Ben is in final part of Intermediate- hitting the...

    Ben is in final part of Intermediate- hitting the box to land on the boat. They lost a plane at Meridian last week. Student and Instructor ejected safely. Winging should be in March. Still does not...
  19. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Flying the T-45

    Pic Screwed up the orientation and cannot see how to delete. Sorry.
  20. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Completed weps det (dropping "bombs" at El...

    Completed weps det (dropping "bombs" at El Centro. Just under two weeks - a flight a day. They swapped out instructors between VT-7 and 9. Ben said that after his final "safe to solo" he got some...
  21. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Solo in T-6 completed today. He's supposed to get...

    Solo in T-6 completed today. He's supposed to get a cross country pretty soon and may be flying into our local airport. Though I have seen videos, it's almost like I need to see him with my own eyes...
  22. Thread: Recruit dad here

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  23. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Livin' the dream is right. And he's a sharp...

    Livin' the dream is right. And he's a sharp dealer. Instead of a '16, he got the '15 with 3000 miles that a guy with more money than brains bought and traded back in.

    Saved some serious $$.

    ...
  24. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    Ben has completed first phase - instruments. They...

    Ben has completed first phase - instruments. They have instructors do the takeoff and landing and students have canopy blocked off so they have to fly w/o seeing outside.

    Student takes over...
  25. Thread: Recruit dad here

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    One more update. Butter Bar gone as of 12/14 with...

    One more update. Butter Bar gone as of 12/14 with promotion to First Lieutenant. Two years in rank and has done what he's supposed to.
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