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Old 03-08-2018, 04:56 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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My brother(now deceased) was a Loadmaster and traveled the world. I forget all the stops but Iceland, Japan, Germany, Thailand all come to mind. He was in areas of South East Asia during the Vietnam war where no forces were supposed to be. Officially, that is. He stayed in the Air Force for I believe 24 years before being discharged for medical reasons.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:39 PM
 
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So crew chiefs on heavies tend to fly/travel more than crew chiefs on fighters? Also, open question to all, what bases are cre chiefs limited to?
I can't speak for tankers, but cargo aircraft usually take a flying crew chief on missions, so there will be many opportunities for travel. Active duty cargo aircraft are permanently based at Elmendorf (AK), Hickam (HI), McChord (WA), Travis (CA), Altus (OK), Dyess (TX), Little Rock (AR), McGuire (NJ), Dover (DE), Charleston (SC), as well as overseas at Kadena AB Japan and Ramstein AB Germany, plus probably others that I can't recall off the top of my head.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:15 PM
 
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I can't speak for tankers, but cargo aircraft usually take a flying crew chief on missions, so there will be many opportunities for travel. Active duty cargo aircraft are permanently based at Elmendorf (AK), Hickam (HI), McChord (WA), Travis (CA), Altus (OK), Dyess (TX), Little Rock (AR), McGuire (NJ), Dover (DE), Charleston (SC), as well as overseas at Kadena AB Japan and Ramstein AB Germany, plus probably others that I can't recall off the top of my head.
What grades are crew chiefs in those cases?
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Old 03-09-2018, 08:09 PM
 
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What grades are crew chiefs in those cases?
As I recall, usually E-3 and E-4, occasionally E-5.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:15 PM
 
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As I recall, usually E-3 and E-4, occasionally E-5.
For fighters, yeah, I've been in a fighter squadron, but what about the heavies?
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:19 PM
 
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What electrical careers travel often?
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Old 03-10-2018, 05:55 AM
 
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If you want to travel, definitely try for a heavy aircraft.....C-130, C-17.....C-5 if you wanna be hard broke all the time haha. I just hit the retirement button yesterday, will have 21 years of the hardest job you'll ever love.....F-15, F-22, and F-16 crew chief. We would travel for TDYs, deployments, and maintenance response teams, but you will definitely travel more with heavies. I'm currently a flight chief for the heavy crew chief instructors at SAFB and I hear all the stories from them about all the travels they have taken. Definitely try and travel as much as you can....that will be my one regret from my 20+ years....didn't take the opportunity to travel more.

Aaron
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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Definitely try and travel as much as you can....that will be my one regret from my 20+ years....didn't take the opportunity to travel more.
This is definitely true, although it's clearly not a problem for the OP. But there are so many guys who join the military with an idea of trying to stay near home.

Bad idea. First, it's the opposite of what the military intends. Second, that misses out on one of the best life-long opportunities of the military--to learn that the world is not like your home town.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Florida
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This is definitely true, although it's clearly not a problem for the OP. But there are so many guys who join the military with an idea of trying to stay near home.

Bad idea. First, it's the opposite of what the military intends. Second, that misses out on one of the best life-long opportunities of the military--to learn that the world is not like your home town.
I second this.

I got to see so many places because of the Army.

OP,

Good thing you're going to be AF, they have the best bases. Army gets Fort Polk and the National Training Center. That's where souls go to die...
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:47 PM
 
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Won't find any C-5s to travel on. I think there are2still at Dover.
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