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Flying C-130s in the reserves

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McNamara

Copilot, actually.
pilot
I've been told to expect orders to VR-54 in New Orleans sometime in March. Can anyone give me info about flying in the reserve logistics squadrons? Or possibly information about C-130 training? They said I probably wouldn't go to Little Rock for that, but more likely Tampa. Any advice would be appreciated.
 

wink

VS NFO. Blue and Gold Officer
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First, congrats on your future winging. I don't think anyone on the board is a VR guy. I hope you get some good gouge. I can say that you will enjoy working in a Reserve Squadron. You will be a trail blazer since this program is new. Everyone else is a fleet guy and didn't fly the Chuck 130 until they came to VR. But I am sure the guys will treat you real well. Remember, these guys are ultra volunteers. They did their time, have jobs and real lives outside the Navy, but they still serve. Most are very dedicated to the Navy and the mission they perform. My experience was that the enlisted in a reserve squadron were top shelf. Makes Div O jobs easy. Oh, and you C-130 guys have contract maint as I recall so Div O jobs will differ from an active fleet outfit. More then on active duty even, reserve guys hate the paperwork and BS. It is all about the mission. Git 'er done and go home. Don't expect the reserve guys to have bushy hair, wrinkled uniforms, and dull shoes though. What you may find though, is more of a willingness to speak out. Since a reseve guy doesn't have to worry about his Navy career as a sole source of employment, and they have many more examples of other operations and methods of doing things (more experience in different squadrons and wings then a typical active squadron plus a civilian outlook) , they will speak out about BS before the active duty guys. They are more willing to take a bullet on principle. There should be very good flying time in a VR squadron and you will learn a load from all the experience you find there. Good Luck
 

zab1001

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Hey man, congratulations. You are about to do something very rare and very different. You're also gonna travel your a$$ off. I remember talking to 2 O-4 guys from the squadron you're heading to at Base Ops in Guam...

Now, do me a favor and remember the initials z-a-b in 2 years when I'm applying for a SELRES slot in your squadron...
 

gaijin6423

Ask me about ninjas!
Geez, Mac... Are your buddies the LAST to know??? WTF, ol' buddy? I mean, you only live like 300 yards from my place, but you post here before giving the word? All those times I picked up the tab, too. lol Hey, congrats, buddy. If you want the DL on Tampa (as a place to live), I've got connections. Looks like I'm buying more beer for you this weekend. My onwing threatened me with death if I went out before my checkride, but that's a LOOOONNNNNGGGG way off still. Besides, I could so take him.
 

McNamara

Copilot, actually.
pilot
Wink, that's all great stuff to know about reserve flying. Sounds like I'll enjoy being with that group. Zab, you sound like you'd be a terrific drinking buddy in New Orleans. Oops, I meant to say I'd be willing to be your copilot in a few years. In the cockpit. Forget I mentioned drinking.

Gaijin, you know I love you man. I meant to call you, but I was on watch tonight, honest! And I posted this right after I found out. Aw hell, I'll call you right now.
 
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