Rodney L Stanley (Street Articles Author)
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Rodney served in the USAF on active duty for 10 years and then joined the NC Air National Guard for another 8 years. While in service to his country, he gained vast amounts of knowledge about deployments and military life. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm he was stationed in England and was tasked as a Security Forces Augmenter. He was a participant in the Project Warrior Initiative and his aircraft was utilized in the theater of war.

As an Aircraft Technician he maintained attack and cargo aircraft. He augmented in the Mobile Aircraft Fire Fighting System Program, helping to airdrop flame retardant/resistant chemicals on ground based targets in the western US. In the recent Operations Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom he was deployed twice to the theater of war. He was assigned an extra duty to restructure the Mobility Bag Program in his unit and maintained the deployment bags for forty people.

His travels led him to 11 different countries and 27 of the 50 US states. In total he served for 21.5 years and was medically retired in 2006. His passion has always been military history and he has started a blog page to help disseminate information to families and members of the armed forces. Writing is his hobby and his goal is to provide helpful information, stories of hope, and enable veterans and current military members to share their experiences while deployed.

Traveling With Your Pet
Living in North Carolina, for the third time in my life, I must travel 200 miles to visit my family and friends. These trips are manageable for me because I have a secret weapon to help break up the monotony. Her name is Ginger and she will be 6 years…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure   Jun 05, 2012  
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Gas Mask Realities
So, I've played quite a few video games in my day, and I find it interesting that they introduce the gas mask as an essential part of the game. This reminds me of my first experiences with the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) ensemble and the different masks we actually…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   Jun 02, 2012  
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The Budweiser Beach Bashes!
Ah, another favorite memory of living at Myrtle Beach AFB. During the late 1980's Budweiser used to have a weekend of fun and sun on the beaches of South Carolina. They were gracious enough to provide a few volleyball nets and volleyballs. Music was played loudly over the beach area…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   Jun 01, 2012  
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Mowing Grass the Air Force Way!
Ah, the days of yesteryear. As I peer out my front window and watch the neighborhood come to life, I observe some of my neighbors preparing to mow their lawns. It takes me back to a memory I have of Myrtle Beach AFB in the late 1980's. I had just…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 31, 2012  
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Air Shows
While in the service to our great nation and country, I was afforded the opportunity to attend several air shows. I have seen air shows in England, South Carolina, Florida, and North Carolina. They are an impressive display of varied types of cargo airplanes, attack aircraft, fighter aircraft and helicopters.…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 30, 2012  
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Ali Al Salem Ab, Kuwait
In 2004 and then again in 2005, I was stationed with the expeditionary forces in Kuwait. The base was being utilized as a launching point for AC-130's, Korean Air Force C-130's, Japanese C-130's and several USAF and ANG unit C-130's. The base was also being used to provide out of…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 29, 2012  
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My VA Experiences Post - Retirement
There seems to be a growing concern in the USA that our veterans are not get quality care for the VA. I cannot speak for all of these veterans. I can only offer my experiences and opinions of the care I have personally received. I have been retired for almost…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 29, 2012  
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Some Amazing Sights
Traveling as I have in the military world, I have been lucky enough to see some pretty amazing sights. These sights were not only amazing, but some where very surreal. The earliest one I remember was in San Antonio, Texas. There was a restaurant there, that actually rotated around in…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 25, 2012  
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Memorial Day Weekend
This weekend is a true tribute to the men and women who have served, are serving, and have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. They have all come from different backgrounds, different heritages, different races, different ethnicites, and small towns and big cities. They left their towns, communities, cities,…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 25, 2012  
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The Many Places We Go!
Recently, I began scanning through my memorabilia from my former military days. While doing so I found it interesting that I had been so many places in the 20 plus years of my career. I want to know if anyone else has been to that many places in their respective…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 24, 2012  
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