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Old 09-17-2004, 12:33 AM   #1
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A little background

So here is this great new Forum (thank you once again Admins). A little back ground on me and where I am at may help people know where my posts are coming from.

I am 27 from St. Louis MO with no wife or girlfriend (workin' on that part, but kind of hard from 6,000 miles away, I'll shut up now or I could go on for awhile on this topic alone, always liked fires). I have been in the Army Reserves for four years now. This is my first deployment. My Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) is 35F, Special Electronic Device Repairer. I am assigned ~65 pieces of equipment to maintain and repair. I mostly see night vision goggles and equipment. I would have joined the military right out of high school except for the fact I think my mom would of died of paranoia. Not so much she would say no, but she (at that time I thought) would be worried sick. I had enough other career interests that I was ok looking elsewhere. I tried a few different career paths no of which held my interest and I refuse to settle for a job just to pay the bills. Upon returning to school at the age of 23 I ran into the problem of having no $$ and no one willing to lend me anymore. I was browsing the papers came across an advertisement for the reserves. I came to realize as much as my mom would be against it (only of fear of my safety, nothing against the military at all), she would survive. Looking for options and seeing that add awoke the feelings that all these people are serving to protect our freedoms and I felt a drive to do my part. I never planned on making a career out of it, but serve at least one contract out. I wanted to go Air force but that man was on leave and out of the recruiting office. I spoke to the Army guys took my ASVAP (aptitude test that tells you which of the 200 military jobs I qualify for) and found an interesting job. The rest is history…
Now, four years later I am in Iraq. I have ~5 months left. I have been accepted to flight school for helicopters which I will attend after I return home. The posts I place in this thread will be things going through my head, observations, and who knows what else. Please understand these are from my perspective. When I am not 100% on something I will try to make that known so that if I make a speculation the word doesn’t get out “well I read from this troop over there that this is how it is”. I will try to make clear what is definite, and what is educated guesswork.
With that said I am someone who will talk about anything with anyone, but I would rarely be the one to start the conversation. So if you have any questions please feel free to ask. If it is a question that may incite a heated debate please take it to the war room. Feel free to PM if you care.

Thank you all once again for your thoughts, prayers, and support.

~Sean

(edited becuase I am me and put no instead of know... )
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Old 09-17-2004, 03:24 AM   #2
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Sean,

Thank you for everything you are doing.

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Old 09-17-2004, 06:45 AM   #3
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Yes thankyou. I also repair and build electronic equipment, mostly for the military but also for space applications. Do you ever run into any REMBASS stuff? We all wonder if it works.
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Old 09-17-2004, 07:27 PM   #4
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What's your rank, which part of Iraq are you in now. What other battalions/companies are in there around you. Sad to know that you got deployed as a reservist. I did my active duty contract 4 years ago, was a tanker in 1-68 armor, and since the battalion's tanks are gone from the tank pool, I figured they should be somewhere in the Iraq. My ex-girlfriend finished her reserve contract and had one semester left to get her double engineering/math undergraduate degree. And then 3 months after been released she got called up to go Iraq from the inactive reserve. Kind of sad. Be safe out there

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Old 09-17-2004, 09:12 PM   #5
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Thanks!

On your return home, stop by Indy. I know there are a few riders around here that would like to say thanks! eh Hammer?
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Old 09-18-2004, 02:03 AM   #6
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Sean,

Thanks for your service! You and your fellow servicemen and women are in our prayers.

Keep your head down!!

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Old 09-18-2004, 10:38 PM   #7
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My rank is WOC (warrant officer candidate). I was a Specialist (and that is what I am paid as till I make it to school). We are stationed on Log Base Seitz which is sandwhiched between Abu Ghraib and BIAP (Baghdad International Airport). We have the 2-12 Cav in our area of operations (AO). 12th Mountain just moved in and overlaps our area. My company is part of 13th COSCOM. As a reservist I awlays expected to get deployed someday. I have always been told reservist are some of the first to go. Shoot, reservists who are MP's or in the medical feild will go almost every time. The latest stat put out is that 8 out of 10 reservists will be called to this war or conflict. What is crazy are those who join the reserves than are surprised, upset, mad becuase they get deployed saying it is not fair or something else. I wanted to throw up a letter here I wrote before I deployed to friends and family:

Dear Friends, and Family 20Nov2003

The time has come for me to live up to a promise and serve our country. I recently received my orders for mobilization in support of Mission Iraqi Freedom. Please do not cry for me for I am proud to serve our great country. I have lived in its bosom of freedom for over twenty-six years now and am more than willing to give a couple in support of her. One of the reasons I joined the Army was because I could not sit by idly while others sacrificed and paid the price of my freedom. The freedoms we enjoy are not free, please remember this. Do not feel sorry for me for. I realize that not all of you can understand or even agree, but I am a soldier ready and willing to respond to the call of duty. I do not travel thousands of miles just for the people of that region. I go to war because the freedom we enjoy here depends on the stability of places far away. I go so that the people I love and care for may enjoy our freedom. I go so that I may myself enjoy this freedom.

So please relinquish any of these negative feelings and replace them with pride and gratitude. Do not take the freedoms we enjoy for granite, instead thank a one of our veterans for helping ensure our freedom's existence. Keep me (and all of the women and men serving our great country) in your thoughts as I will you and write when you can (sean.hoffmann@us.army.mil). I will respond whenever possible. I am sorry if I do not get to talk you before I go, but I will see you when I return.

With Love and Honor,

~Sean

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St. Louis, Missouri

Some ask why I didn't join full time. I have always had to much going on to up and walk away from my civilian life, but at the same time wanted to give when it was needed. So... Here I am

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Old 09-19-2004, 09:24 AM   #8
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Sean-

Brave and wise words that you wrote to your family and friends.
'Noivson' is correct, if you ever get close to Indianapolis, give me a call - the party is on me !!!
Shelly received the 'soldier bear' that you sent (look for a pic in the "Sticky:Hammer's daughter" thread). She also sent you a thank-you card. It speaks volumes about your character; that you took the time and effort in a 'hostile' environment to send something to an injured child. Your #1 in my book !!!

Stay Safe, Mike
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Old 09-19-2004, 03:17 PM   #9
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Sean -

Great posts. Just curious though, do you own an FZ1 or ride a bike? Not that it matters, all are welcome here and your posts are especially interesting. Just wondering how you found us.
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:44 PM   #10
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my bike

I had a better handling blue fizzy up until last summer when I had to trade it in to get a new car. I plan picking up another after I get home. I originaly came across and joined the board way back when I was researching the different bikes. I was on hiatus for a while after selling it, but started posting again when I started daydreaming about getting another one. And this is a good group of people to stay in touch with.

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Old 09-20-2004, 10:31 AM   #11
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Sean - Ditto on the Thank You's, and also thanks for contributing your views from there with all of us here!
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Old 09-25-2004, 10:32 AM   #12
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Thank you again Shoffmann,!!! And I'm sure when you get back home there will be plenty of people willing to ride a long ways just to say that in person!!!!GOOD LUCK--BE SAFE!!!!!!!
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Old 10-08-2004, 06:50 PM   #13
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Sean,

Thank you for all the sacrifices you and your fellow troups have and will make for our freedom and protection. I will add myself in the list of people that would welcome you to our neck of the woods for a ride upon your return.

Thank you again
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:07 PM   #14
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Sean, are you still with us?
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:03 AM   #15
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oh yeah,

Oh yeah I am still out and about. We are packing things up around here. there is a light at the end of the tunnel.... dang nabbit, as I write this mortars are going off outside... be back later peroples...
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Old 12-09-2004, 02:16 AM   #16
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As I was saying, we have begun packing things up. Our advanced party shoul dbe heading down to Kuwait in about 3 weeks or so and we will follow in another 3-4 weeks. By mid February I should be back home in St. Louis (after a five day stay in Ft Riley to de-mobilize). No one was injured earlier so no worries.

Enjoy the day,
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Old 12-09-2004, 02:28 AM   #17
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Great to hear from you Sean. Glad to here you're a short-timer. Take care and (still) keep your head down.
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Old 12-10-2004, 11:20 AM   #18
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Sounds like good news for you!
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Old 12-11-2004, 06:12 PM   #19
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My 1st post on this site, but most worthshile. Thank you for your service and dedication. If it was not for people like yourself we may not be able to live in "freedom" . Keep up the excellent work and we appreciate you and the troops.

Stay safe!!
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Old 01-24-2005, 08:37 AM   #20
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I am a Viet Nam vet,who volunteered,and did two tours.During that time,many of my hi-school freinds managed to duck the draft,and wondered why I would do such a thing.Thanks to people like you,they finally understand that I was proud to serve.I never asked for them to say thanks,but I wish to thank all serviceman and women,and I hope you return home safe and sound.
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