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encampment memories

Started by Hoorah, December 11, 2008, 05:31:08 pm

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favorite memories

model rocketry
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pranks
9 (27.3%)
marching
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meeting new friends
12 (36.4%)
learning something new
8 (24.2%)

Total Members Voted: 33

Hoorah


Phil Hirons, Jr.

The thing I most remember from my cadet encampment was the orientation flight in a KC-135 and watching it refuel a fighter

Stonewall

December 11, 2008, 05:35:34 pm #2 Last Edit: December 11, 2008, 05:39:50 pm by Stonewall
Here something I posted back in May 2007 in a discussion about our encampment experiences...

Quote from: Stonewall on April 05, 2007, 06:32:28 pm
My first encampment was 1987.  I about cried within 3 minutes of arrival as I turned around (at parade rest) to see my ride leaving me there for 7 days.  I got a 341 for turning around and didn't even know what a 341 was at the time.

I got my wing patch cut off of my blues because it was centered on the crease and not the epaulet.

I got my bunk trashed more than once.

I got yelled at numerous times in the chow hall for whatever reason.

I marched and marched and marched...

I did push-ups at 0300 for not challenging the Cadet Commander while I was on "night watch".  I mean, I saw him from a distance and recognized him, but the point they were trying to teach me was to challenge everyone.

Formations after chow...for hours on end.  Or it seemed so.  Probably only lasted 15 minutes, but when you're 14 that's a lifetime.

Not being able to call home. 

Having real life PJs from Vietnam talk about their experiences and watching videos of them getting shot up as the rescued pilots.

Overall, it just being a hard-a$$ enviornment, one that I haven't forgotten 20 years later.

notaNCO forever

 One of my best memories was when I was a flight sergeant and I watched my cadets cream the rest of the flights at the drill competition. I don't know if everyone else sucked so much they looked good or if they actually did good. Also watching a C/Amn that was on support staff convince a basic that he was a C/Col was hilarious.

major pain

wow, cadet encampment was simply the experience.

As a senior it was running the National Activities in Nebraska. I have had the opportunity to be in charge of some great cadets and awesome staff, best part is watching the faces of my cadets during graduation when i call their names and watch them get their wings!

And to NFAP-NE grads of 2005.... CARRIER LANDINGS!!
Lt Col Rp Kraatz, CAP
Inspector General
Kansas Wing (KSWG-01)


Michael

My best encampment memory, I'd have to say, was really just the encampment experience as a whole.

The 2 minute showers, getting up at 0530 for PT, making friends with people all over the state, hanging out in the barracks; all of it together was quite exciting and enjoyable for me.

Having encampment at Stratton ANGB in New York State was very special too.  I loved being randomly exposed to really cool things about the Air Force, with this exposure sometimes coming in the form of a C-130 engine drone, or having that same C-130 fly over my head 30 minutes later.
Bill Coons, C/Capt

DC

Quote from: Michael on February 09, 2009, 12:17:41 am
...The 2 minute showers...
Dude, you guys got two whole minutes!

We had to soap up in the hall, and were then given 15 seconds to run into the shower, rinse off, and run back out...

Two minutes would have been freakin luxurious....

RickFranz

My first encampment in CA in 1968, as I recall we had around 500 cadets.  That was impressive.  I have to 15 more encampments but none as large as that one.
Rick Franz, Col, CAP
KSWG CC
Gill Rob Wilson #2703
IC1

Gunner C

Quote from: RickFranz on February 09, 2009, 04:39:10 am
My first encampment in CA in 1968, as I recall we had around 500 cadets.  That was impressive.  I have to 15 more encampments but none as large as that one.
My first was in Alaska in 1968.  We had about 150 cadets and it was great.  Our encampment C/CC was Mike Swanigan who had just come out of California wing.  I can tell you that CAWG was the standard for PCR.  That encampment was the first to bring out 1505s and fatigues in AKWG.  We had a great time at Eilsen AFB.  There was all sorts of things going on there - WB-57s (looked like large U-2s), EC-135s (had duckbill noses), KC-135s (refueling B-52s on airborne alert), the ballistic missile early warning site at Clear AFS, plus we drove through North Pole, AK - the home of Santa Claus.  ;D

Too bad that they're not still two weeks long.

TEAM SURGE

Well what I don't get is that we never did any rocketry. A lot of the stuff on this poll, we didn't do except meet new people and march.
C/Msgt. Messman
PCR OR-114
Northwest Coastal Flight

-Eagle Talon 3
-Cascade Falcon X

"You only Live Once"  

JoeTomasone

Quote from: phirons on December 11, 2008, 05:34:35 pm
The thing I most remember from my cadet encampment was the orientation flight in a KC-135 and watching it refuel a fighter


Ditto, except it was an A-10 and I was in the boom pod at the time.  :)


DC

Quote from: TEAM SURGE on February 09, 2009, 07:26:31 am
Well what I don't get is that we never did any rocketry. A lot of the stuff on this poll, we didn't do except meet new people and march.
Model Rocketry is fun and all that, but I really don't see it's place in an encampment.... Could just be me, IDK...

I really enjoyed going out and looking at the F-15C and Ds at Tyndall... We didn't get to see the F-22s up close though, but seeing them flying around all the time was still pretty awesome.

TEAM SURGE

Quote from: DC on February 09, 2009, 06:47:19 pm
Quote from: TEAM SURGE on February 09, 2009, 07:26:31 am
Well what I don't get is that we never did any rocketry. A lot of the stuff on this poll, we didn't do except meet new people and march.
Model Rocketry is fun and all that, but I really don't see it's place in an encampment.... Could just be me, IDK...

I really enjoyed going out and looking at the F-15C and Ds at Tyndall... We didn't get to see the F-22s up close though, but seeing them flying around all the time was still pretty awesome.


We took flights in C-17. The Warthogs were flying around all day while we were there. it was pretty cool. No rocketry just doesn't fit into encampment.
C/Msgt. Messman
PCR OR-114
Northwest Coastal Flight

-Eagle Talon 3
-Cascade Falcon X

"You only Live Once"  

ol'fido

February 10, 2009, 12:37:43 am #13 Last Edit: February 10, 2009, 01:19:55 am by MIKE
Quote from: JoeTomasone on February 09, 2009, 04:10:28 pm
Quote from: phirons on December 11, 2008, 05:34:35 pm
The thing I most remember from my cadet encampment was the orientation flight in a KC-135 and watching it refuel a fighter


Ditto, except it was an A-10 and I was in the boom pod at the time.  :)


Me, too! It was 1983 at the ILWG encampment at Volk ANGB, WI. I got to set in the jump seat in the cockpit during takeoff and then go back to the boom pod to watch them refuel an F-4. We also had A-37's flying in and out of the area. Plus, while we were waiting at the end of the runway to takeoff, we got to watch a flight of A-7s land.
Lt. Col. Randy L. Mitchell
Historian, Group 1, IL-006

TEAM SURGE

Back in the "glory days og Washington Wing Encampment, the army special forces did a really cool demonstration, that was amazing.
C/Msgt. Messman
PCR OR-114
Northwest Coastal Flight

-Eagle Talon 3
-Cascade Falcon X

"You only Live Once"  

maverik

Quote from: DC on February 09, 2009, 12:43:39 am
Quote from: Michael on February 09, 2009, 12:17:41 am
...The 2 minute showers...
Dude, you guys got two whole minutes!

We had to soap up in the hall, and were then given 15 seconds to run into the shower, rinse off, and run back out...

Two minutes would have been freakin luxurious....


you got 15 seconds? We got ten. But my favorite memory of encampment was wathcing PJs parachute out of helicopters and land about 4 feet from my flight.... showoffs haha.
KC9SFU
Fresh from the Mint C/LT
"Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking." Ferdinand Foch at the Battle of the Marne