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Old 12-02-2009, 10:05 PM   #1
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Thumb Father /Son rides.......I'm gonna miss'em for a while (both the boy and the rides)

Link to a long overdue ride report (and asscociated tracks) from a ride I took with my son last Spring.....

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=530340
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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Time Flys......

Seems like it was only yesterday that 11yr old Jarrett transitioned from being a quadtard to a motorcycle rider.......here he is on his YZ80 out at Glamis in 03'......



Flash forward 7 years.......now he's transitioned from boy to man........from trainee to Airman......he picked up his Airman's Coin at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. this morning......he's off to tech school on Monday to learn how to become an inflight refueler/load master as part of an air crew....



Time flys.......now he's going flying
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:07 PM   #3
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Congrats to you both. You must be so very proud!!
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:09 PM   #4
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:10 PM   #5
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Wow Chris... That is really cool. Congrats!

....and great pic!
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:19 PM   #6
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Tell your Son Thank You for his service to our Country!!!

AF Vet puke myself. You must be very proud of him...as you should be!!!

Tell him to bring you a spool of flight line and bucket of prop wash! AB...Airman Basic...boy that sucked! Bet he can't wait to pick up a couple stripes!

Stay safe young Patriot!

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Old 02-04-2010, 08:34 PM   #7
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chris, good job for being crawdaddy...

goodluck to the young airman...
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:51 PM   #8
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Very cool!
Thanks to a brave young man for his service.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:05 PM   #9
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You can only lead them for so long..

And then you gotta let them go.

Looks like you done fine, Dad. Only question is, did he take a bike with him?
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:47 PM   #10
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....Only question is, did he take a bike with him?.....
Thanks for all the kind words.....

I'm sure he wishes he could have a bike with him but his life's belongings are squeezed into a duffle right now......he'll be busy with tech school in TX., OK., WA., and FL. over the course of the next ~5 months.....

He's training to be a boom operator (inflight refueling).....he'll also be trained as a Loadmaster and assist the Navigator......the main objective when he signed up was to "get on the plane!" (we were told only ~4% of the folks who enlist in the Air Force actually "get on the plane").....not an easy job to snag as an 18yr old enlisted Airman.....but he did it thanks to luck of the draw, good test scores, good physical conditioning.....

Inflight Refueling (Boom operator) video: http://www.airforce.com/opportunities/enlisted/careers/general/in-flight-refueling-apprentice/

Load Master video: http://www.airforce.com/opportunities/enlisted/careers/general/aircraft-loadmaster-apprentice/

Once he's finished with Tech School he'll get ~3 weeks off before being assigned to a duty station.........so hopefully we'll be able to schedule a dualsport trip to Bass Lake or (?) while he's home for a few weeks this summer..........
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:53 PM   #11
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Seems like it was only yesterday

Time flys.......now he's going flying
Geez Crawdaddy, that is a story that hits home with more than just me I'm sure.

Yes, you'll miss him but ya know what ...? He'll miss you and remember all the stuff you do too.

Good on both of you.

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Old 02-10-2010, 05:48 AM   #12
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Chris,
That is great! I am sure that all of that time you spent with your son will continue to pay off in many ways. Congratulations to him!

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Old 02-11-2010, 01:32 AM   #13
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Thumb Congrats!!

From a retired AF Crew Chief congrats!! He is going to have the time of his life!! Working a tanker is going to keep him busy and will see the world!! You should get one of those world map and keep track of all the countrys he travels to. (Amazon has the maps cheap! I have a 77x 42 that cost me $42.00)


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Thanks for all the kind words.....

I'm sure he wishes he could have a bike with him but his life's belongings are squeezed into a duffle right now......he'll be busy with tech school in TX., OK., WA., and FL. over the course of the next ~5 months.....

He's training to be a boom operator (inflight refueling).....he'll also be trained as a Loadmaster and assist the Navigator......the main objective when he signed up was to "get on the plane!" (we were told only ~4% of the folks who enlist in the Air Force actually "get on the plane").....not an easy job to snag as an 18yr old enlisted Airman.....but he did it thanks to luck of the draw, good test scores, good physical conditioning.....


Once he's finished with Tech School he'll get ~3 weeks off before being assigned to a duty station.........so hopefully we'll be able to schedule a dualsport trip to Bass Lake or (?) while he's home for a few weeks this summer..........
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:13 AM   #14
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But when he is home it will make the rides that much more enjoyable. One of my most memorable was riding out to Big Bend with my dad on mid tour leave in 06. That and it was hotter than Iraq I think riding along the Rio Grande on fresh black top. But over all a great trip. It was road bikes then, VTX1300 and Dad on his GL1800. This time I'm taking the Uly for some off road fun. If you son has the chance to get stationed over here, the Black Forest is probably one of the best places on earth for street riding.
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:02 AM   #15
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.....You should get one of those world map and keep track of all the countrys he travels to. (Amazon has the maps cheap! I have a 77x 42 that cost me $42.00)...
Good idea - Thanks

He's still waiting on orders even though he finished BMT last week......might be due to weather issues at Altus: http://www.altus.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123189447
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