Date registered: Dec 2007
Vehicle: 1985 300D - 1997 E320 - 2004 E55 - 2007 ML320
Location: New Jersey - Exit 9
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I'm an Aircraft Powerplant Repair (Helicopter Engine Mechanic basically) for the Army National Guard. My unit was out of a county airport before our deployment. TTN if you wanna look it up. Life was nice there. The state in its infinite wisdom decided to move all but 1 small aviation unit out of there to a Navy Air Engineering Station and replace us with a Combat Support and Stainment Battalion in our hangers while we were in Iraq... I don't see the logic there. I spoke with a few of the firefighters there, that's my full time gig elsewhere, and those guys are in the same union as me because they're county employees and not contract firefighters from Rurual Metro persay(another municpal airport uses RM and those guys can't be in the state firefighters union, the union benefits are where its at!) so they can be in the state union here in NJ. I thought about doing it part time there but the firefighters are actually maintainence guys there too. They plow and shovel snow, check lights and all that etc. I wouldn't mind doing that thou, I did that a few years back at another muncipal airport by me, LDJ. A good friends dad had the same position you have there. He always called me up to plow and blow snow. He just retired 2 years ago. Its kinda wierd because my first Guard unit was an Air Cav unit and it was originally organized at LDJ back in the 70's but was long outta there when I joined. When I worked there some of the old buildings that belonged to the guard were still there but crumbling apart.
Now like I said I'm at NEL. Not much goes on there. Its alot of nothing. The most exciting thing that happened there was the Hindenburg crashed and burned there and that was how long ago ?
Does your airport have firefighters there ? Or any army or air force guard or reserve units ?
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