Because I got out before the Iraq and Afghanistan trips started.
I spent a year in the ROK with CNFK (Commander, Naval Forces, Korea) Det Pohang. There were about 14 of us total - 6-8 Aviation Ordnancemen, 3 USN ABF (Aviation Bulk Fuelers), two Comms guys, a Gunny, and a LtCol as the OIC.
Was there July 94-July 95; I flew over just days after Kim Il Sung died, so tensions were all over the place. Although much of the fleet pulls into Pohang during major exercises, the rest of the year we were the only American unit stationed within two hours. There was a small detachment from III MEF (Okinawa) just down the road at Camp Muchuk, but the dozen Jarheads at CNFK Pohang make up a good portion of all
the Marines allowed to be stationed in Korea.
It was terrible, rough duty...as the local USMC representatives, we were visited by VIPs constantly.
It was rough duty...
The only good part of the Dallas Cowboys