Brenan Mitchel HM - SBU-24.
I arrived at SBU-24 in 1992 and stayed until the
decommissioning in 1993. I was TAD from BMU-2
Stinger Det. We had several members from the stinger
det. assigned to SBU-24. I also spent a lot of time
with the corpsman. FN Mulhall (also from the stinger
det.) was assigned to the boat unit at the same time
as me. We have many fond memories of this time.
We worked hard to earn our 9533 SWCC before the
decommissioning. We volunteered to go out on the boat every time it
left the dock. The live fire exercises were a blast. Just remember
to wear your hearing protection, I learned that the hard way! I
remember the 20mm AA gun jamming and everyone but the GMG huddling
at the back of the boat while he used a big screwdriver to pry out
the round! My favorite was thumper the MK19.
I wonder if anyone else
remembers the cruise ship straying into our live fire range? We
had hurricane Emily in 1993 and had to move the MKIII through the
Chesapeake Bay and up river for protection. The swells in the Bay
were the largest I had seen, all you could see was water one second
and sky the next. It was an exciting ride. Our XO (who's name I
can't remember) scared the crap out of us. He loved to kick the shit
out of stuff in the gym. We earned the nickname "Steffy's rangers"
because the Master Chief took us under his wing. We did several
special details for him and he taught us rappelling and squad
tactics among other things.
Bill Prior from SBU-20 is a friend of
mine. He also helped me to earn my SWCC pin. Some of you may
also remember the pinning ceremony when the CO
and XO jumped in the Bay in their dress whites. Fun