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.

Hats Off to OUR Heroes
Ever so strong are OUR heroes at home. Our spouses and children are the "real" heroes to the military member. They keep going and carry on in our absence, and for that we are very grateful. Often not enough is said about the trials and tribulations they endure while we…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 24, 2012  
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The Long Deployment Mindset
Going on a long deployment can be very nerve racking. It seems that everything you hold dear is being taken away from you. If you get any down time, all you seem to do is think about your spouse, your children, your pets and what they all must be doing…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 23, 2012  
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Back To Kuwait 2005
A little bit more than a year later, I was back on a C-130 and heading back to Kuwait for my second deployment. The first couple of days were just like before, fly to Labrador, sleep, then fly to Scotland, sleep then on to Turkey and finally Kuwait. One big…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 22, 2012  
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Two Weeks In Germany 1991
In 1990 I received orders to PCS over to RAF Alconbury, England, UK. This base was about and hour from London, and around fifty miles from RAF Lakenheath. I was assigned to the 509th Aircraft Generation Squadron, and assigned the A-10A Thunder Bolt II tail number 81-1990, and given responsibility…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 22, 2012  
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Fighting Western Wildfires
Just about every year in the summer time, the North Carolina Air National Guard is tasked with a special mission. This mission entails dropping flame resistant chemicals on predetermined areas of the forests in the western United States. This mission has been ongoing for many years. Many homes and forests…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 19, 2012  
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My 2004 Kuwait Deployment
Well, it was an early wake up in April of 2004. I silently rose and used the latrine, shaved, brushed my teeth, and donned my Desert Camouflage Uniform. Lacing up my boots, I caught a glimpse of my wife still sleeping soundly, ah, just another day right? Nice thought anyway.…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Outdoors   May 19, 2012  
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