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(WKYC Cleveland)   Not news: soldier comes home from deployment. Impressive, but still not news: his seventh deployment. Awesome: his entire hometown throws a flashmob surprise party to welcome him back   (wkyc.com) divider line 51
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2013-03-02 03:35:35 PM
I'm not sure if a large group of people surprising someone just back from deployment is such a good idea.
 
2013-03-02 04:05:33 PM
Complete with fireworks.
 
2013-03-02 04:17:58 PM
Seven deployments.  Thanks George and Dick.
 
2013-03-02 06:47:22 PM
Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?
 
2013-03-02 07:32:10 PM

2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?


Just because you couldn't do it doesn't mean this guy didn't.
 
2013-03-02 07:33:16 PM
Sad: He snapped and killed them all
 
2013-03-02 07:33:37 PM
Good job buddy, you successfully secured that 1/4 cent increase in Halliburton's stock.  Good job!
 
2013-03-02 07:33:38 PM
I was expecting a mob.
 
2013-03-02 07:36:28 PM

2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?


Yeah, you'd think after 20 he'd be a little further up in rank.
 
2013-03-02 07:36:59 PM
Why we continue to celebrate people who go overseas to kill on behalf of corporations and lies, I'll never understand.
 
2013-03-02 07:37:31 PM

2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?


Not really. I've known many retired E-8's(Master Sergeant/First Sergeant), and a few who've retired as E-9s (Sergeants Major/Command Sergeants Major), and a few who've retired as E-7's (Sergeant First Class).
 
2013-03-02 07:38:25 PM
Seventh deployment? And people still vote for Republicans and Democrats? Go get 'em, Obama.
 
2013-03-02 07:39:09 PM
Sigh. here comes the fark snark. That was a welcome home rally not a flash mob :P

I mean, good to the town for supporting each other and thanks for his service and all.


Now if that cop at the beginning had pulled him over on his way home for the LoLz and then the town swarmed in on him...
 
2013-03-02 07:39:31 PM

2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?


E-8.  Perfectly respectable.
 
2013-03-02 07:43:18 PM
Flash mob?  That was like 30 people and a dog.
 
2013-03-02 07:49:30 PM

shintochick: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

Yeah, you'd think after 20 he'd be a little further up in rank.


Retiring at 20 years with a grade of E-8? There's only one grade higher so I would say E-8 is pretty normal and respectable for 20 years in. Especially with how many tours he has been through.
 
2013-03-02 07:49:49 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

Not really. I've known many retired E-8's(Master Sergeant/First Sergeant), and a few who've retired as E-9s (Sergeants Major/Command Sergeants Major), and a few who've retired as E-7's (Sergeant First Class).


I too have known a few and several prefer the operational responsibilities of a first sergeant over the more administrative responsibilities of a sergeant major - never met a command sergeant major.  The move to Sergeant Major also has more political components since they are, at a minimum, at a battalion level.
 
2013-03-02 07:51:04 PM
Sounds like he's trying to stay out of that shiat-hole town.
 
2013-03-02 08:01:59 PM
Well hell, Ohio's on a roll. Fixed the tattoo and now this.


OHIO: we almost don't suck
 
2013-03-02 08:03:38 PM
I contest the use of the terms "entire hometown" "flash mob" and "surprise party." Also: "awesome."
 
2013-03-02 08:04:19 PM
Good on a welcome home rally, especially after 7 deployments.  Didn't read story (mistake #1) but if he can & has retired, he's wise!
 
2013-03-02 08:08:03 PM
Welcome home, soldier.
 
2013-03-02 08:08:39 PM

shintochick: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

Yeah, you'd think after 20 he'd be a little further up in rank.


He might be in a support MOS, they promote slow.
 
2013-03-02 08:16:56 PM

oldernell: Seven deployments.  Thanks George and Dick.

1/10


Only 2 of those deployments happened while Bush was in office.
 
2013-03-02 08:20:18 PM

BeSerious: I was expecting a mob.


I was expecting Free your Mind.

Really, politics aside, 7 tours is more than a country should ask of anyone.
Thanks Sarge.
 
2013-03-02 08:21:41 PM

Guess_Who: oldernell: Seven deployments.  Thanks George and Dick.

1/10

Only 2 of those deployments happened while Bush was in office.


But all 7 are because of what Bush did while he was in office.
 
2013-03-02 08:40:25 PM
Good on them and all, but I expected more people-- and dancing.
 
2013-03-02 08:41:43 PM

2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?


You think that's too low? There's only one more step.

You think that's too high? They were so goddamn desperate that they threw out all the recruiting rules and were recruiting the bottom quartile, felons, drug users. A reliable two decade guy would be priceless.
 
2013-03-02 08:43:05 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I'm not sure if a large group of people surprising someone just back from deployment is such a good idea.


This. Especially after the 7th one. Dude might be a little twitchy.
 
2013-03-02 08:43:49 PM

ActionJoe: shintochick: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

Yeah, you'd think after 20 he'd be a little further up in rank.

Retiring at 20 years with a grade of E-8? There's only one grade higher so I would say E-8 is pretty normal and respectable for 20 years in. Especially with how many tours he has been through.


I was being facetious.  E-8 in 20 with 7 deployments is a respectable career.
 
2013-03-02 08:48:42 PM

El Dudereno: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I'm not sure if a large group of people surprising someone just back from deployment is such a good idea.

This. Especially after the 7th one. Dude might be a little twitchy.


Eh, really depends on the deployments. I was deployed 3 times in the 9 years I was in and the closest I ever got to actual combat was a mortar round hitting about 50 yards from the chow hall 5 minutes before I got there, and one hitting the side of a cliff near where I was. Sure in all 3 there was a chance I could end up on combat, or get nailed with an IED or drive over a landmine, or any number of other dangers, but I managed not to think about it that much.
 
2013-03-02 08:52:40 PM

oldernell: Seven deployments.  Thanks George and Dick.


20 years....including Bosnia. Try again partisan hack.
 
2013-03-02 09:03:15 PM

oldtaku: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

You think that's too low? There's only one more step.

You think that's too high? They were so goddamn desperate that they threw out all the recruiting rules and were recruiting the bottom quartile, felons, drug users. A reliable two decade guy would be priceless.


They didn't throw them out that long ago - he enlisted in the early '90s.

Dingleberry Dickwad: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

Not really. I've known many retired E-8's(Master Sergeant/First Sergeant), and a few who've retired as E-9s (Sergeants Major/Command Sergeants Major), and a few who've retired as E-7's (Sergeant First Class).


Considering the average to E-9 in the Army is right around 21 years, I'd say this dude is right where he's supposed to be.
 
2013-03-02 09:20:53 PM

BeSerious: I was expecting a mob.


Madison Village is small. That was probably the entire town.

/used to live a stone's throw from there
//ate at a shiatty diner "in town" when I worked nearby
///nice to see it was gloomy in Ohio today.... hope my ex was hit by a falling tree branch or other "wrath of God" event
 
2013-03-02 09:24:16 PM
I hope for the guys sake that it wasn't a "Philly style" flash mob.
 
2013-03-02 09:28:31 PM
It's easy to do that many tours when you're a cook...
 
2013-03-02 10:21:54 PM
I know a guy who had 15 years in as a cook in the Marines. Then they made him a prison guard ans sent him to Iraq.
This was in the wake of Abu Gharaib. He was not a happy Marine cook.
 
2013-03-02 10:32:43 PM

BumpInTheNight: Guess_Who: oldernell: Seven deployments.  Thanks George and Dick.

1/10

Only 2 of those deployments happened while Bush was in office.

But all 7 are because of what Bush did while he was in office.


FTA:
Sgt. Woodworth deployed to Haiti in 1995, Bosnia in 1997, Kuwait in 2000, Iraq in 2003, 2005 and 2009, and Afghanistan in 2012.

If Obama would have kept his campaign promise then he wouldn't have had to deploy in 2009 and 2012.
 
2013-03-02 11:09:55 PM

Great_Milenko: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

Just because you couldn't do it doesn't mean this guy didn't.


I went PLC.
Perhaps you should aquire more facts before showing your ass.

I was thinking W.O..
 
2013-03-02 11:17:05 PM
Good on the guy that he's survived 7 deployments, and that his commitment to his country is strong.

Now how about our country commit to not making people go through 7 deployments?
 
2013-03-02 11:25:24 PM

austin_millbarge: Good on the guy that he's survived 7 deployments, and that his commitment to his country is strong.

Now how about our country commit to not making people go through 7 deployments?


So, just nuke everything from now?
 
2013-03-02 11:26:46 PM

El Dudereno: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I'm not sure if a large group of people surprising someone just back from deployment is such a good idea.

This. Especially after the 7th one. Dude might be a little twitchy.


Hell, when I got back from my first deployment I was more concerned about whether a car parked on the side of the highway was gonna blow up in front of me. That made driving pretty interesting for the first couple of weeks.
 
2013-03-02 11:47:25 PM

2wolves: Great_Milenko: 2wolves: Got his 20 in and he's a First Sargent?

Sounds odd to anyone else?

Just because you couldn't do it doesn't mean this guy didn't.

I went PLC.
Perhaps you should aquire more facts before showing your ass.

I was thinking W.O..


My grandfather did 20 in the marines, left active duty as a 1st Sgt. I'm not sure what the pay structure is like right now, but he turned down OTS a couple of times because of the percieved loss in income, benefits and respect.

Of course in his case, he went right from the corp into the post office and worked for another 20 years and retired on dual pensions (which was his plan all along) so it worked out rather nice for him. I don't think you can do that anymore however.
 
2013-03-03 12:10:19 AM
Welcome home, Soldier.

/salute
 
2013-03-03 12:27:18 AM

SpaceBison: El Dudereno: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I'm not sure if a large group of people surprising someone just back from deployment is such a good idea.

This. Especially after the 7th one. Dude might be a little twitchy.

Hell, when I got back from my first deployment I was more concerned about whether a car parked on the side of the highway was gonna blow up in front of me. That made driving pretty interesting for the first couple of weeks.


No kidding, on the upside though it felt good to do more than 15 KM/H
 
2013-03-03 12:57:11 AM
it aint a flash mob if they didn't do the harlem shake.
 
2013-03-03 01:23:56 AM
Fark: the surprise party triggers a PTSD infused hallucination/flashback and he kills everyone in the room with his bare hands?
 
2013-03-03 03:33:00 AM
[Sad] Over 3,000 people in town of 3,100 couldn't be farking bothered to come welcome this guy home.
 
2013-03-03 08:43:52 AM
...With the exception of a brief period in the mid-70s, Ohio has always loved its military types.  Go to the little neighborhoods in Cleveland - you'll see memorials from World War One that are still lovingly cared for, and VFW/American Legion membership is still a big thing.  Two big VA hospitals there too - Brecksville and Wade Park - that always have local groups coming out to help.

/Grew up a few blocks away from a park in Lorain that had a memorial to the Maine, for pete's sake
 
2013-03-03 08:49:13 AM
50 out of 3100 = entire town, subby?

/maths are hard
 
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