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Monday, March 29, 2010

A Life Changing Experience

Naval Air Station Cubi Point was my first duty station after completing almost 2 years of electronics school. We were able to choose our orders based on class ranking. I am glad that I ranked high enough to get these "dream orders". I was fortunate enough to clean up the volcanic ash spewed from Mt. Pinatubo for just over six months and then I was able to work in electronics until we closed the base. Upon my departure from Cubi Pt., I was given this plaque during my farewell. It is one of the few things that I have to cherish from that tour.


As I reflect back on my 20 years of service, I would have to say that none of the assignments, that I had following the Philippines, would ever compare. I had many Commands, throughout my career, that were much better than the Command that I worked for in the Philippines but the experience of living in the Philippines made my career in the navy fulfilling. The time that I spent there changed my whole way of life and my way of looking at things in the world. Now I understand why MacArthur had such a strong love for the PI.
Have a great weekend everyone.

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Alicia said...

Wow, what a great tribute to your time in the PI. It definitely sounds like it changed your life!

LDH said...

awesome Flashback and thoughts on your military career! You certainly receive my grateful thanks!

Crystal said...

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shydub said...

Im sure you miss your job Sir John. thanks for sharing.

The Happy Homemaker said...

How wonderful that you have such a dignified memento to display.Thank you for your years of faithful service to our wonderful country!

Clarissa said...

I bet you surely miss your job,Sir John!

Thanks for the visit and greetings,Sir John!^_^

VJF said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. :)

Manang Kim said...

Wow John thank you for your service in Mt. Pinatubo. That is a very beautiful Plaque. Happy Monday.

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ilovepink1078 said...

How beautiful and enchanted experienced you had here in Philippines. It seems a memorable event. For that, I am so grateful that you love Phils.

I would like congratulate you for the Job well done!
Thanks for sharing…

P.S.
Hope you don’t mind if I follow your blog.

Thanks for sharing…
Pink

ilovepink1078 said...

How beautiful and enchanted experienced you had here in Philippines. It seems a memorable event. For that, I am so grateful that you love Phils.

I would like congratulate you for the Job well done!
Thanks for sharing…

P.S.
Hope you don’t mind if I follow your blog.

Thanks for sharing…
Pink

Tiffanee said...

Following back from FF. Love your blog. This post was so insightful. The picture surrounding your blog is gorgeous. Where is this at??

Marice said...

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© Jennifer Raley said...

First, thank you for your service in the Navy. Second, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. My dad was Air Force and when I was a toddler we lived in the PI. They loved their tour there. I love the photos that came from that time. I appreciate your comment about better commands but nothing like the PI. Good attitude. Thanks, again. Jenn <><

Eaton Bennett said...

Memories...the ones that lift us up are the best treasures. Happy RT. :))

Eaton

SASSY MOM said...

Awww... that's such a sweet tribute!
You truly deserve it!
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Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Great memories. Thanks for your service! And also, I' sure, meeting your wife in the Philippines is another reason that the Philippines is a special place for you. :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(I have been out of town so am just now catching up on blog reading! Yay for a mid week day off! have to catch up on housecleaning and drawing orders too...)

My-Alter-Ego said...

i hope u can visit my PBW post too.. see u!

My-Alter-Ego said...

thanks for the kind words about the PI mr. JOhn..

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