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created on 02/15/2007  |  http://fubar.com/random-thoughts/b55641
Military Pay Somebody has started to straighten some of these thoughtless and ungrateful people out. I am even more grateful that it was someone serving in one of the branches of military. Military paid too much? You be the judge! This is an Airman's response to Cindy Williams' editorial piece in the Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers across America. On Nov. 12, Ms Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV show) wrote a piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise coming service members' way this year -- citing that the stated 13% wage was more than they deserve. A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to get a bonus for this. "Ms Williams: I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GIs earn enough" and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account. Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make $1,117.80 before taxes. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10,490.40, after. I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network. I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs for Network Technicians in the Washington, D.C. area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum... I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions. Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in our armed forces. Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN; I leave the choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience." As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone -- obviously they've been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the government has been giving them. Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night; and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE (meal-ready-to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor. Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your opined piece. But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to say it. You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe. We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies. And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve? Rubbish! A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC IF YOU AGREE, PLEASE SIGN AND PASS THIS ALONG TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AND SHOW OUR SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN. THANK YOU. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. AB Shanahan, Kelly M. USAF 2. SrA Macdonnell, M USAF @ Travis AFB 3. A1C Jessica Brewer USAF 4.Ashley O'Kelley 5. D Rogers 6.A1C Clara J. Brucker USAF 7. Amn April L. Severson USAF 8. Amn David "Smitty" Smith USAF 9. A1C AnneMarie Anello USAF 10. A1C Bush, MIchael R. II USAF @ Charleston AFB 11. A1C Lewis, Michael J USAF @ CAFB 12. A1C Bilodeau, Stephanie USAF @ Dover AFB-> my add on...not to mention the hours we work. i hear rumors of us going back to 5 and 2-12's. 60 hours a freaking week. way insane 13. SrA Brower, McGuire AFB USAF 14. SrA Caufield, Andrews AFB, MD USAF 15. Angela Cushing 16.Amy Pickett PAFW to SrA Pickett Andrews AFB 17.Cindy Mitchell..Wife to SrA Mitchell..deployed 18. Nicole Smith, USAF veteran 19. SPC. Todd M. Dicken, USAR (Its about time someone said it!) 20. Ssgt. Jason M. Fox, U.S. Air Force 21. SrA Graham, U.S. Air Force 22. SrA Saludares, U.S. Air Force 23.Carlos Labra 24. SrA Alice Labra, USAF @ Lackland AFB 25. SPC Joanna Estrada, US Army, Fort Riley, KS 26.SPC.Vereen,Jarrett, Us Army Ft.Bliss,TX 26. SGT Brandyburg, Felicia , U.S. ARMY 27. SPC Postell, David, U.S. ARMY 28. SSG Williams, Virgil C., U.S. Army 29. SGT RUDD, Gordon R, U.S. ARMY 30. PFC Morris, Sterfanie, U.S. Army, Camp Hovey, South Korea 31. PFC Perry, US Army, S. Korea 32. SPC Owen, US Army, S. Korea 33. SPC Blake, John, U.S. Army, Camp Castle, South Korea 34. SPC Sinclair, Joseph D, U.S. Army, Camp Castle, South Korea 35. SPC Loforte, Michelle, U.S. Army, Fort Bliss, TX 36. SSG Offerman, Ft. Bliss, TX 37. GSE3 Bollmann, USN 38. DC2 Pettit, USN 39. MN3 Roewe, USN @ Sasebo, Japan 40. MN3 Harvey, USN Sasebo, Japan 41. MN3 ESPOSITO, US NAVY, SASEBO JAPAN 42. MNSN FRANTZ,MICHAEL C., USN< SASEBO JAPAN 43. MN3 Tassey, USN Sasebo, Japan 44. HM3 Peoples, U.S. Navy, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines 45. HM3 Schlunsen, US Navy, Naval Medical Center San DIego 46. HN (FMF) McGraw, US Navy, 3RD MED BN, 3RD MLG 47. CPL McGraw, US ARMY, 187th INF REGT(RAKKASAN) 101st ABN 48. Stacy W. Family Readiness Instuctor Army Reserves 49. Erin L. Navy GF, Marine sister, Army and Navy granddaughter 50. Andrea A. C., AF wife 51. Connie ~ Granddaughter of a retired Navy man, cousin to a few Army men. 52. A1C Muffley Casey S. USAF Minot AFB 53. A1C Beusch, James J. USAF Minot AFB 54. A1C Beusch, Dawn R. USAF Minot AFB 55. A1C Harris, Christopher A. USAF Dobbins ARB, Grandson of a great man who served his country in the USAF. 56. A1C McClain, Keith F USAF Minot AFB 57. PFC Trahan, Lucas E USMC, Okinawa 58. LCpl Johnson Jr., Darrel A USMC, Kansas 59. PFC baker charles H USMC, okinawa japan 60. Euchner,Yvonne 61. McKay, Michael (former USAFR and MOANG) 62.PFC honeysuckle dustin 82nd airbourne 63. nikki gibson- army wife 64. Daisy Shingleton-army wife 65. Spc william sego 82nd airborne fort bragg NC 66. Kylie Spence 67. SSG Mojica,Cesar (USAJFKSWC, Special Forces trainee) 68. SPC Harris, David - 82 ABN DIV 69. SPC Adamo, Paul - 82d ABN DIV 70. Nikki Johnson-Grandaughter of a Marine and a Fighter Pilot-North Carolina 71. Aaron Gagneur- 101 Airborne Division Air Assault 72. Jacob Sellers - 101st ABN Division Air Assault 73. Stacy Cozine - 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) 74. J. Busch - Panama City Beach Fire Recue (USN grand dad) 75. Kristin Parnell - Army wife and Air Force daughter 76. Angela Sammons 77.AOAN Applewhite- USN, NAB CORONADO 78. ISSN Lapham - USN, Norfolk 79. A1C Thielman- USAF, Ramstein Germany AB 80. SrA Wentworth-USAF, RAB GE 81. SrA Jones-USAF, Ramstein AB Germany 82. SrA Clark - USAF, Whiteman AFB MO 83. A1C Korf- USAF, whiteman AFB Mo 84. A1C Warren- USAF, Whiteman AFB, MO 85. A1C Pierce-USAF, Kliene Brogel, Belgium 86. K Brantley, USAF dependent Whiteman AFB MO 87. C. Johnson USAF 88. J. Dutcher USAF dependent, Whiteman AFB 89. S. Brown USAF, Whiteman AFB, MO AirForce Wife 90. SGT Daniels, Keisha-101st ABN DIV (AASLT) 91. SGT Rice, Ashly-101st ABN DIV 92. SPC Boucher, Samantha- 164th MP Co. Ft Richardson AK 93. Barbara Schultz- Army Mother 94. PFC Van Horn- 1102nd GSU Ft Richardson Ak 95. PFC Donnelly, Bobbie 96. PV2 Tavel, Gwynnne 212th MP CO Weisbaden Germany 97. PFC Miles, Darian 190th MP Co. Kennesaw, Georgia 98. PFC Howell, Jeffrey HHC STB Ft. Riley Kansas 99. PFC Scronce, Jacob HHC STB Ft. Riley Kansas 100. Wife of PV2-Parker, Latishia...Ft. Riley Kansas 101. Terry M. cousin in Army Ft Hood. Tx 102. SPC Uribe, Tosha 602nd maint. co ft. hood tx 103. Wife of PFC-Johnson, Jessica...Ft. Hood Tx 104. PFC Michael Reynolds, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade 105. Robert Dale, Grandson of a retired Navy man, nephew to a few Army men and air force and brother to a marine. 106. Karen Crockford, Air Force and Army granddaugter, daughter of a Sailor, girlfriend of a Marine. 107. Shannon M, Girlfriend of a deployed Marine Cpl 108. Heather Causey full military family an USMC FIANCE 109. Heather Crum-Daughter of an Army vet & USMC GF 110. Meggan Gonzalez- USMC Wife 111.Ashley Davis- USMC Wife 112. Natasha Weiker - Granddaughter of WWII Vet, Stepdaughter of USN Vet, Sister of USN, ... 113. Kristen Schalk - Girlfriend of a 101st Airborne Division Soldier (Infantry) 114. Heather Speck- wife of 1-28th Infantry Solider (Love You Baby) 115. April Cefalu- Wife of a 1-28 Infantry Soldier 116. Spc. Turchi-US Army 117.Ashley Turchi-amry wife 118.Kim Darnley-army mom 119.Mary Lackey-army mom 120.Angel Amick-army sister 121. Jenna McManus - USMC (1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Charlie Company) sister, granddaughter of retired United States Navy Officer 122.MASA Urbanski-United States Navy Wallops island,va 123MASA NASH-USN WALLOPS ISLAND VA!! 124. Amn Aylsworth- USAF TACP 101st AIRBORNE 125.A1C McCasland - USAF 43d Civil Engineering Squadron 126. Amn Wright - USAF 17th Civil Engineering Squadron 127. ktg - Army Airborne Ranger girlfriend 128. Michelle Brown-Army Combat engineers proud wife 129. Karen Causey- Proud Army Wife 130. Julie Springer~ Proud Army Wife...whose Husband is overworked and underpaid. Besides...how dare u put a price on YOUR freedom! 131. Steven Trejo Sr proud BFF of a deployed Marine 132. Steven Trejo Jr proud nephew of an Uncle KIA in Desert Storm 133. Damian Trejo proud nephew of an Uncle KIA in Desert Storm 134. Dante Trejo proud nephew of an Uncle KIA in Desert Storm 135. Sora Trejo proud niece of an Uncle KIA in Desert Storm 136. Elizabeth Trejo proud niece of an Uncle KIA in Desert Storm 137. Christina Trejo ~ Proud BFF 2 a deployed Marine, niece of an Uncle KIA in Desert Storm, Great Niece of an Uncle wounded in Namm, cousin to a Marine, cousin to a Navy Seal, BFF to an Army Infantry wife, and Coastie Brat! 138. Staci- Proud Marine girlfriend :) 139. How eloquently stated! Mandi Bethel-Horn-Proud Marine Wife 140. Erika P. USMC WIFE 141. Alicia Kaisen~ Proud USMC Wife 142. Lauren O. ~ Proud USMC Wifey 143. Jessie Avila~ VERY PROUD USMC WIFE, Camp Lejeune, NC 144. Virginia Loven ~ proud USMC wife 145.Annie Mullins~USMC wife 146 Christina Parker~USMC wife 147. Daniel Apiag~Son of a 20+ year Navy Veteran 148. Nikki Baker-Granddaughter of retired Navy Chief, cousin to a Navy man 149. LeeAnn--proud gf of a smokin' submarriner...in the Navy, of course 150. Josh Bailey- brother of a US Army Ranger, son of a retired Colonel and grandson of WWII and Korean war Vet 151. Michael Turnbow-US Navy Vet 152. Armand Riley-US Navy Vet 153. jon roche just an american THANK YOU 154. Nikole Renee ~ Sister of an Army Vet (173rd Airborne Infantry-Served in Iraq & Afghanistan) 155. Mike Eshaq former Cpl. USMC 156. James Piche~ PVT ANG 157. Angi Szalai-Supporter of our Armed Forces!! 158. Scott J. Giard ~ Former OS1, US Coast Guard. 159. Justin D. Olson~BM1, US Coast Guard. 160. A1C Slaughter~Travis AFB 60th CES 161. Amn Dagza - Whiteman AFB 509th CES 162.A1C Castaneda- Nellis AFB 99th SSS 163. A1C Bunte-Nellis AFB 99th SSS 164.A1C Woolery-Offutt AFB 55th SFS 165. A1C Ankenbauer Jr - Robins AFB 166. A1C Murray - Robins AFB 78 SFS 167. A1C Doell - Barksdale AFB 2nd SFS 168.A1C Terrence Cole-Edwards AFB 95th SFS 169.Minette Rivera - proud fiancee of A1C Terrence Cole 170. PFC Van Gelder- U.S. army 1-25 sbct 171. PFC Cohen- U.S. ARMY 1-25 sbct 172. PFC Willey- U.S. Army-443 mp co, proud son of air force veterans, brother to a marine, grandson of a IWO JIMA vet 173. PFC Brewer-U.S. Army Reserves 320th MP Unit 174. PFC Mohr- Army National Guard 32nd Mp co. 175. PFC Rawson- Army Reserves 391st Mp bn Hq 176. SPC Moore - MOARNG 1137th MP CO 177. PFC Cowan- Texas National guard 178. PFC Merck- 304th MP BN, DET 4, United States Army 179. PFC Theriac-354th MP BN, United States Army 180. SPC Baxter-233rd MP CO 181. PFC Choate- 2-130 Inf 182. Theresa Napiorkowski-My Husband and Sons protect your freedom! 183. Terri Robinson- USMC WIFE 3/5 Wpns Co.. I know for a fact he does NOT get paid enough. Father and two brothers in the Army! 184. PFC Napiorkowski-2/130 185.A1C Davila- AF Mountain home, id 186. A1C Orton- AF Mountain Home, Idaho 187. A1C Brown- AF Mountain Home AFB, ID 188. A1C Patrick- AF Mountain Home, ID 189. Dolly Girodo - Wife of A1C Girodo - USAF Mountain Home AFB, ID 190.Caroline Harman-wife of SRA-Mountain Home AFB, ID we are a family of four and barly make ends meat! 191.SRA Nathanel Harman-Mountain Home AFB, ID.. 192. A1C Stone-USAF-Mountain Home AFB, Id. 193. Kate and Ezekial Stone-wife and son of A1C Stone-USAF Mountain Home AFB, Id. 194. Audrey King- Proud wife of SGT. King-Fort Benning Georgia! 195. Carole Basel Wife of SSGT Daniel Basel 196. Catrina Money Proud Wife of TSGT Curtis Money-F.E. Warren AFB 197. Mary D. ~ PROUD USAF Wife 198. Maria T. - proud daughter of retired SFC A. Tabulina, Fort Lewis, WA 199. MK2 Carlson-U.S. Coast Guard-Sector Miami 200. MK2 Woebkenberg-U.S. Coast Guard-M.S.R.T. 201. GM2/SPC Dorgan USCG/US ARMY 202. SGT Trevino US Army ...Call me crazy, but I remember year long deployments. You six month guys were lucky. 203. SSG Rose U.S. ARMY FRT. LEWIS, WA 204. SGT Becerra- US Army... SIx Months?? Year long?? how's 15 months damn i wish I was in the army back then.. :P 205. SGT Fisher U.S. Army 2nd ID. FT. Lewis WA. 206. SPC. Carroll US. Army 2nd INF DIV. FT. Lewis WA. 207. SGT Orebaugh, US. Army 2nd INF DIV. Ft Lewis WA 208. SGT Booth, US Army 2nd INF DIV, Ft Lewis, WA 209. Erin Vannoy Proud wife of a First Class Navy Man NAS Lemoore 210. Amber Peterson, Proud Wife to AT1 Peterson NAS Lemoore 211. SSgt Colbert, Jill Peterson AFB Colorado Spring and my husband SGT Colbert, Aaron Fort Carson/Iraq 212. SrA Michael Yates; Osan AB, ROK USAF 213. SrA Sean O'Connor, USAF 214. A1C Kayleigh Malanosky, Osan AB, ROK, USAF 215. SrA Adam Sneed, Osan AB, ROK, USAF 216. A1C Christopher Cagley USAF, Macdill AB, Tampa 217. A1C Sergio Gonzalez, Aviano AB, Italy 218. A1C Amanda Gomez, Lackland AFB, TX 219. SrA Christopher Bailey, Lackland AFB, TX 220. SSgt R Washington, Lackland AFB TX 221. SrA Monique Monteiro, Lackland AFB, TX 222. SrA Gagner, Rachel C. Ellsworth AFB, SD 223.Brandon, Melissa Veteran Macdill AFB, FL 224 TSgt Brandon, Stephen Macdill AFB, FL 225. Rebecca Pinkerton, ex wife of Major Robert Storey ARMY who is currently in his 2nd tour of Iraq, south Bahgdad. We have a 12 year son who cries himself to sleep in fear. Rob's words Christmas day, it is bad over here, don't tell Quentin. 226.Puts things into prospective, made me tear up!!! Fantastic job, well written.....Renee Jimenez (3 relatives recently served and/or are serving in the Military) 227. Diane Broadbent: family and friends and clients who have served or who have spouses serving for u! 228. Jacquelyn Hanners: Grateful American 229. Layne Harmon: Boise, ID. 230. Michelle Garrett: Missoula, MT 231. PR2 Michaelah Barcus, NAS JAX, FL 232. W. D. O. Strong, Fmr. AD and proud Veteran. HM USN @ NAVHOSP Great Lakes, IL, Corpus Christi, TX, San Diego, CA & Pensacola, FL. Signed with tears in my eyes. Some people just have NO CLUE! 233. C. S. Strong, Fmr. military husband, Patriot and proud American.
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