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« Reply #280 on: December 11, 2012, 04:33:24 AM »

Whatever happens, thanks for your service.  Get a masters degree and I can probably get you a part time job teaching at my community college.  Yeah, okay, yeah.  Too exciting I know.  slywink

But it will work out.  Have faith.  (and a good work ethic).
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« Reply #281 on: December 11, 2012, 04:41:30 AM »

Congratulations Kato. 

take some time off.  you've earned that and more. 
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« Reply #282 on: December 11, 2012, 06:32:08 AM »

congrats on making it to retirement, and thank you Kato.

you should take up a hobby; I hear Hark needs someone to keep feeding him beer, you could make it your goal in life to make sure he tastes every beer made biggrin
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« Reply #283 on: December 11, 2012, 01:48:23 PM »

Thanks very much for your service. I've got a few ex-military folks in my line of work that I know, and not one of them has been unsuccessful - though I do think they hold themselves to an unfairly high standard sometimes! I'm sure that whatever you get into you'll do well for yourself.
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« Reply #284 on: December 11, 2012, 01:50:06 PM »

Thank you, Kato.  And congratulations/commiserations.
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« Reply #285 on: December 11, 2012, 01:53:33 PM »

God bless you, Kato and thank you so much.
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« Reply #286 on: December 11, 2012, 02:38:19 PM »

What's a one-eyed soldier to do?

Oh wait, you could be a PIRATE!! slywink

Congrats, and my deepest condolences.
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« Reply #287 on: December 11, 2012, 03:39:12 PM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 11, 2012, 04:26:48 AM

And so my journey ends, was just served my separation orders today. Retirement is dated for February 14, 2013. I have over 60 days leave so Dec 27 is my last day I will ever be in formation.
I've been expecting retirement for a while, but now that its actually happening I feel horrible in the pit of my stomach. 
I have bitched and moaned about the service for almost twenty years, but in truth I will miss it more than anything.

Thanks for your service, Kato.   Going to full time civilian will be a transition, but there is always Reserve duty if you still have the itch
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« Reply #288 on: December 11, 2012, 03:49:12 PM »

Only eight pages, and read 22,000 times. Holy crap. Did someone post nude pics earlier in the thread??

Granted, for a while there we were checking it all the time. frown Glad that worked out. nod
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« Reply #289 on: December 11, 2012, 03:52:57 PM »

You've done everybody proud Kato

All though you may not be looking forward to your retirement,i hope that you DO enjoy it,you have deserved it  thumbsup
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« Reply #290 on: December 11, 2012, 04:01:08 PM »

A childhood friend of mine is retiring shortly after 15 years in the marines.  Before that he was in the Air Force for 10, I believe.  While he's sorry to see that part of his life end, he's anxious to see what's waiting for him in the civilian world. 

I know you'll do great whatever you decide.  Of course, you can always return to your life as professional male stripper to the stars.  I don't believe they've ever been able to find anyone else who can do the "Triple Lindy, Single Hand Stand, Squat Thrust" since you hung up your thong.
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« Reply #291 on: December 11, 2012, 04:54:16 PM »

Make sure you find a safe room to lock yourself in on December 26th.  It'll probably help you deal with the insanity of the day after Christmas, too.  smile
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« Reply #292 on: December 11, 2012, 05:19:08 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 11, 2012, 04:54:16 PM

Make sure you find a safe room to lock yourself in on December 26th.  It'll probably help you deal with the insanity of the day after Christmas, too.  smile

and have your PC in there; it'll be Steam sale time! biggrin
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« Reply #293 on: December 11, 2012, 05:20:26 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on December 11, 2012, 04:01:08 PM

Of course, you can always return to your life as professional male stripper to the stars.  I don't believe they've ever been able to find anyone else who can do the "Triple Lindy, Single Hand Stand, Squat Thrust" since you hung up your thong.

 icon_lol  he might have to retire that move if he lacks depth perception  icon_wink
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« Reply #294 on: December 11, 2012, 05:39:50 PM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 11, 2012, 04:26:48 AM

And so my journey ends, was just served my separation orders today. Retirement is dated for February 14, 2013. I have over 60 days leave so Dec 27 is my last day I will ever be in formation.
I've been expecting retirement for a while, but now that its actually happening I feel horrible in the pit of my stomach. 
I have bitched and moaned about the service for almost twenty years, but in truth I will miss it more than anything.

Well done, enter into thy rest.  It was bitter-sweet for me also. My youngest son joined up 3 years ago and whenever I go to a parade or see him graduate a course, I still get a lump in my throat and have nostalgic feelings of my time in all day long. He even joined the same trade, Artilery, so hearing him talk about the guns gets me emotional at times.
There are no closer bonds you make than with your troop buddies. We had a gun crew with about 6 of us. We worked the same gun together for years. I can still tell you what each of the guys likes and dis-likes were. Closer than brothers really.

So I stand smartly to attention, snap you my best Canadian salute, and say thank you. Be proud, carry your head high, the future is bright for you. drillsergeant
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« Reply #295 on: December 11, 2012, 11:38:38 PM »

Congrats Kato to you and your family. This of course means more Xbox live gaming!



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« Reply #296 on: December 12, 2012, 12:21:31 AM »

Thanks for your service, Kato. Glad you made it back to civilian life safe(ish) and in one(ish) piece.
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« Reply #297 on: December 12, 2012, 12:43:13 AM »

Thanks everyone. I plan to stay busy, and also travel a little bit to drop in on some GT folk.
GamingTrend and the Military are two of my favorite communities in life, and I'm proud to be a part of both of them.

Semper Fi
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« Reply #298 on: December 12, 2012, 01:01:10 AM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 12, 2012, 12:43:13 AM

Thanks everyone. I plan to stay busy, and also travel a little bit to drop in on some GT folk.
GamingTrend and the Military are two of my favorite communities in life, and I'm proud to be a part of both of them.

Semper Fi

Let me know if you get out to the Boston area, I think there are a few GT folks out this way.
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« Reply #299 on: December 12, 2012, 01:31:15 AM »

Enjoy it man!
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« Reply #300 on: December 12, 2012, 01:32:59 AM »

I'd offer to take you to a Dallas Stars game, but, well...

Even so, if you make it to Texas, let me know.
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« Reply #301 on: December 12, 2012, 02:20:04 AM »

should you ever make it up to Seattle, there's still a round of drinks on me. 
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« Reply #302 on: December 12, 2012, 02:45:11 AM »

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should you ever make it up to Seattle, there's still a round of drinks on me. 

body shots in Seattle.....
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« Reply #303 on: December 12, 2012, 02:46:49 AM »

Congrats Kato!  Thank you for all of the sacrifices, seperation, and hard times you endured during your career.  I know it will be tough to say goodbye to active duty, but man, you've earned it, and then some.

The 2 jobs I've had since I left the Corps were both because of veteran Marines that hired me.  We look out for each other, regardless of industry or walk of life.  

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« Reply #304 on: December 12, 2012, 04:41:07 AM »

I'm more of a lurker around here, but as someone that is just over 21 years in the military, I feel like congratulations are in order.

Good job Kato and you'll be fine.  My wife retires in Jan (yes, we are dual military) and I'll give you the same advice I'm giving her.  Take some time for yourself, you've given enough to earn it.

Take it for what it's worth from a guy you don't know on the internet  icon_wink
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« Reply #305 on: December 12, 2012, 07:32:40 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 12, 2012, 02:45:11 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 12, 2012, 02:20:04 AM

should you ever make it up to Seattle, there's still a round of drinks on me. 

body shots in Seattle.....

thanks for that.  I almost wanted to keep down that dinner. 
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« Reply #306 on: December 12, 2012, 07:44:51 AM »

Congrats Kato and thanks for your service!!

Let me know if you're ever in my part of the world and I'll take you out and show you the sights.
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« Reply #307 on: December 12, 2012, 01:29:02 PM »

Mere words like "thank you" aren't nearly enough to convey the gratitude and appreciation we all feel, but for now it'll have to do.   The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 12, 2012, 12:43:13 AM

Thanks everyone. I plan to stay busy, and also travel a little bit to drop in on some GT folk.
GamingTrend and the Military are two of my favorite communities in life, and I'm proud to be a part of both of them.

Semper Fi

When you make it back to Arizona you know where to find me.  Well, kind of, unless you go jogging and lose your way.  But I'll be sure to let you know when we're back under the moon so you can find us. 

Thank you for everything.  And know that if ever back in Arizona you have a friendly place to visit.  Fabulous
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« Reply #308 on: December 12, 2012, 11:18:26 PM »

Congrats Kato! Looking forward to hearing how you do in retirement. Hopefully you are well prepared for this day. I hit 22 years next month and I am kicking myself for not setting myself up to get out now.
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« Reply #309 on: December 13, 2012, 05:17:29 PM »

Congrats on making it to retirement. I've got a lot of respect for you as military service is something I greatly admire, though it is certainly not for me. Even though I only know you virtually, I'd certainly jump at the chance to meet up with you in real life one day.
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« Reply #310 on: December 13, 2012, 11:28:21 PM »

In 2013 I plan to travel to these states (preliminary):

Missouri
Indiana (GenCon)
Florida
Boston
Texas
California
Arizona (Only if Pete has recovered from his alcohol induced dialysis)
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« Reply #311 on: December 13, 2012, 11:33:18 PM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 13, 2012, 11:30:15 PM

In 2013 I plan to travel to these states (preliminary):

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Arizona (Only if Pete has recovered from his alcohol induced dialysis)

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« Reply #312 on: December 14, 2012, 05:10:52 AM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 13, 2012, 11:28:21 PM

In 2013 I plan to travel to these states (preliminary):

Boston

when did Boston secede from Massachusetts?  icon_wink
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« Reply #313 on: December 14, 2012, 02:05:01 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 14, 2012, 05:10:52 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 13, 2012, 11:28:21 PM

In 2013 I plan to travel to these states (preliminary):

Boston

when did Boston secede from Massachusetts?  icon_wink

It didn't...it was asked to leave.
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« Reply #314 on: December 26, 2012, 04:56:08 PM »



Got my retirement orders and flag today. Ceremony consisted of a high five, a good game, and a middle finger from me.
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« Reply #315 on: December 26, 2012, 05:24:03 PM »

Army? I didn't realize you crossed over.

Anyway congrats again, got to be an odd feeling.
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« Reply #316 on: December 26, 2012, 05:46:36 PM »

Quote from: Lee on December 26, 2012, 05:24:03 PM

Army? I didn't realize you crossed over.

Anyway congrats again, got to be an odd feeling.

Roger, I crossed over to the Army back in November, 2008 as a 19D Cavalry Scout Ranger Batallion.
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« Reply #317 on: December 26, 2012, 06:36:41 PM »

Are you required to be in the reserves now, or are you completely done?
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« Reply #318 on: December 26, 2012, 07:41:34 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on December 26, 2012, 06:36:41 PM

Are you required to be in the reserves now, or are you completely done?

100% done smile
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« Reply #319 on: December 26, 2012, 07:54:42 PM »

It does seem wrong to not have the Marines represented there after all these years  ninja
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