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Dave Addis
04-20-2007, 07:02 PM
All,
I have had the privilege to serve my country in the Navy for the last 20 years. I've done many things, seen many different countries & traveled thousands of miles in that time. Next Friday 27 April 2007 my career will come to an end & I will retire. I will have a formal retirement ceremony at Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton where I've worked at Assault Craft Unit 5 for the last 4 years. ACU-5 is where the Navy operates their hovercraft unit. I had the privilege to meet Jesse James here in 2003. I (hopefully) will be going back to work as a power plant operator for the federal government after a well deserved months vacation. I look forward to spending more time with family (and my van of course).
At 44 years old my federal pension & health benefits will be pretty cool too. Wish me luck!

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t193/cuttlass_album/Van%20Pics/jessedave.jpg

aka Trebor
04-20-2007, 07:17 PM
Congratulations,
and Thank you.

kltcustoms
04-20-2007, 07:23 PM
Congrats bro....!! Thanks for protecting us !!!

Rockwest
04-20-2007, 07:40 PM
A sincere handshake and congrats to you from me for serving our country.. Enjoy your retirement.. Rock

BILLS66
04-20-2007, 08:27 PM
What an achievment You should be proud,I never take forgranted what you and many others have sacrificed and do for all of us . Many thanks . Bill

weard-harold
04-20-2007, 08:48 PM
congrats Dave now you can play all day long..

TurboVan
04-21-2007, 01:29 AM
Sounds like it was an exciting career, in a high tech field, with top notch bennies, kind of windy, maybe, but what the heck... doesn't get much better than that. Shoot, you're still a youngster, too! Hope your next gig is only part time.

TV

dream weaver 65
04-21-2007, 05:57 AM
good luck enjoy from an x navy guy 1958 1962 uss rich dde 820 wish i would have stayed young and foolish.....weave65

BvrWally
04-21-2007, 06:26 AM
Good Luck Dave! USN here also! 70-74! USNR 84-2000! USAF 2000-2006! Just retired completely from the DOD last October myself! Best Wishes! http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif
B.W.

gregw98
04-21-2007, 07:07 AM
Good luck, retired here also and love it.
greg

jakemedic
04-21-2007, 04:43 PM
Thank you for protecting our freedom. Our sincere congrats on your retirement.

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Be safe out there....

Jake

BZ
04-22-2007, 09:08 AM
congratulations and good luck..

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Thanks, Ben
BZ,RZ & Cujo @ N.C. 66&69 ChevyVan

Surfvan 1972
04-22-2007, 11:33 AM
Thanks for the last 20 years of protecting our freedom. Congratulations on your retirement. I've been retired for four years, everyday just gets better. Again congratulations....

MoonJoe
04-26-2007, 07:35 PM
Well deserved break for a good man! Great work Dave and good luck on the next step!

Joe

Dave Addis
04-28-2007, 08:06 AM
Guys,
Thanks so much for all the kind words....
If Al Qaeda ever tries to attack your van - lemme know...

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t193/cuttlass_album/Retirement%20Ceremony/DaveThinking.jpg

chiefinspect
04-28-2007, 08:37 AM
From a retired Chief.....Welcome to the world of civilians! Enjoy, I know I am.

BvrWally
04-28-2007, 09:14 AM
Congratulations Dave! Great photo! http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif
B.W.

Obe1knobe90620
04-28-2007, 09:39 AM
Congrats and Thank you! Noe I understand why you don't want to meet at Camp Pendleton.


Don 67/108

Dave Addis
04-28-2007, 10:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Obe1knobe90620:
Congrats and Thank you! Noe I understand why you don't want to meet at Camp Pendleton.
Don 67/108<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I really don't have a problem meeting at C.P. - it's just that for the last 4 years me & the van have been making a 110 mile round trip to work everyday and I swore I'd never do it again - but if that's where we gotta meet then 1 more time ain't gonna kill me... http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/wink.gif

Just plz wait till I get the van back ok? may be a week or 2...

Obe1knobe90620
04-28-2007, 11:34 AM
Oceanside works for me. We'll talk later.

Don

Surfvan 1972
04-28-2007, 12:07 PM
Any place is OK with me... Definitely want to wait to see Daves van.

chevy van 5150
04-29-2007, 04:13 PM
Good Luck Dave,
And thank you for your service to our country.

Paul

Dave Addis
04-29-2007, 05:04 PM
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t193/cuttlass_album/Retirement%20Ceremony/DaveCeremony.jpg

Dave Addis
05-17-2007, 10:18 AM
Well folks - it's time to go back to work. As you know I recently retired from the Navy. In next couple of weeks I will be beginning a 2nd career under military contract with the Raytheon Corporation, in a sea-going position outside the USA. Although I'm not totally thrilled to be leaving home again - the pay is such that I simply cannot pass up this opportunity.

The van will go in the garage for however long I am gone, and I will finish the painting and other projects at a later date.
I will check in here periodically - whenever I can. I'm sure I'll have internet access at some point.

You all have been GREAT. The ingenuity that is present here is simply AMAZING.
Take care -
Dave

Bear
05-17-2007, 12:17 PM
wish you well dave.and thank you to you and the others who have worked to keep this country safe and free. bear

Surfvan 1972
05-17-2007, 01:27 PM
Dave ... you take care, and have fun!!!!! Can you say where you're going? Be safe.....

leadfoot
05-17-2007, 03:14 PM
good luck Dave- my grandad spent 33 yrs
drivin ships all over the "ponds"
1st class chief retired in 76' (RIP 91')
never had a drivers licence he always said "i drive ships not cars"

he'd say today
" ya done your job now go play"
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[This message has been edited by leadfoot (edited May 17, 2007).]