Calling all military (active, reservist or retired) personnel on BGG!
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I was browsing through BGG when a thought popped into my head: how many BGGers are active/non-active military personnel who play wargames? I couldn't find a feature on BGG to do such a search, hence the raison d'etre for this Geeklist.

So if you are in active military service or are in the reserves or have retired from military duty, please post here together with a wargame. The wargame can be related to your military service, or your favourite wargame, or just one that you are currently playing.

I'll start off with myself. We'll see how it goes.
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76. Board Game: Firefight [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:7882]
Jim Allard
United States
Dover
New Hampshire
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I'm a retired Armor officer and have been playing wargames since the early 60's. Firefight was a great game used to train NCO's in my reserve unit on several occasions - with some fellow officers who were also gamers and a few of our gaming friends - we acted as referees and ran it double blind -
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77. Board Game: SSN [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
Bill Henshaw
United States
Abington
Massachusetts
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Eight years as nuclear qulified electrician. Served on the 685 and the 605, both decommissioned a long time ago as I have been.

"There are only 2 types of ships in the ocean: Submarines and Targets."
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78. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:361]
Michael Kröhnert
Germany
Aachen
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Private 1st class in the German Bundeswehr military service, but this was a long time ago (and I mainly worked as a graphic designer there).

Usually don't play war games - closest would be Battlelore and War of the Ring - but I probably will work on the official German translation of ToI
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79. Board Game: Chez Grunt [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6361]
Kevin Roach
Canada
Brandon
Manitoba
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I was In the army reserves, though not very long as it wasn't my cup of tea.
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80. Board Game: Send in the Marines [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Jason Sadler
United States
Olney
Maryland
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81. Board Game: Alert Force [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
Gregory Amstutz
United States
Chula Vista
California
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USAF Security Specialist 1985-1993

Minot AFB, ND : 91st SPS
Shemya AFB, AK: 5073 ABG
Griffis AFB, NY: 416th SPS

My claim to "fame" - The "Woodstock II" festival was held at the deactivated Griffiss AFB. They burned stuff down on the same flightline I used to protect with an M-16. How sad.





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82. Board Game: Weapons of Mass Destruction [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3465]
Danny Holte
United States
Fullerton
California
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USAF, 1981-88. Analyst at AFTAC both in the field and at HQ in Cocoa Beach.
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83. Board Game: Leopard II [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Jérôme
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Leopard II-Tankcommander (sergeant-rank 'wachtmeester') in 103 Scouting Batallion, Huzaren van Boreel.
One year of obliged military service 1991-2 (right before the Dutch government suspended military duty), Amersfoort and Seedorf (Germany) where we still practiced on delaying the Warsawpact, even though the Berlin Wall had fallen two years before...

I loved my tank, but didn't appreciate the narrowmindedness of most professional military personell. Still, plenty of fond memories.
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84. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:126]
Ben
United States
From Cincinnati Live in Jacksonville NC
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Active Duty US Marine here. I have almost 7 years in now. Spent 4 years in 29 Palms California. Did a pump out to Iraq in 2003 during the initial invasion. From there I spent a couple of years in Iwakuni Japan before they sent me out here to recruit.



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85. Board Game: Sixth Fleet [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2000]
stephen stover
United States
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Texas
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I served in the US Navy from Nov. 1981 - Nov. 1985. I was an OS3 (Operations Specialist - 3rd class petty officer). I worked in combat as a Radar operator, you know the guy you see in the movies, 'Bogey at 350 degress range 6000 yards, Sir!" Yep that was me...

My ship was the USS Aylwin, FF-1081 and I was part of the 6th Fllett. I did two med Cruises. I played a bit role in Granada. I supported the Marines in Beruit and crossed Khadafi's line of death. I served under the UN flag protecting the PLO as they left Lebanon and were scattered across the Arab world.

I went to the North Atlantic once, the black sea once, therough the Suez Canal, through the Bosposus Straights, to the caribbean, and with the Battlship USS Iowa hid behind Ireland becasue the North Atlantic was sending us 60 foot seas.

My ship was the US Military pressance when St. Kitts became a common wealth country from being a territory of Britian and I have visted Cuba at the naval base at Guatanmo Bay.

Our primary job was finding Subs, Russain Subs most times.

I chose 6th fleet as my game because my ship is a counter in the game. In the campaign game the USS Aylwin, FF-1081 is stationed off of Sicily and killed by a Lybian Torpedo boat on the very first move of the game every time. If the Aylwin survives you have VERY bad dice.
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86. Board Game: Flight Leader [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:3311]
Dave Brown
United States
Endicott
New York
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Happy to say I did 14 for the USAF. I was in Comm. and bounced around the Eastern U.S., Europe and the M.E. Most of the time I was around tankers and the big recon birds, nothing very sexy but we had a good time and put in a lot of hard work. I picked this because I had a copy and on one of my deployments, one fella's Grandpa sent this and thought we'd have a good time. I don’t have it anymore and it's been several years but if I remember right, the game was good but a bit complicated and scored high in the house keeping department. Also, I remember is taking down a pair of F-8's with a pair of MiG-17's. Oh, the memories!

It would be exciting or dreamy to say I was around the fighter or attack crowd most of the time but that wasn't my lot. Can't wait for the exciting game TANKER SUPPORT! or ELECTRONIC RECON SUPPORT! to come along and simulate my experiences. Somehow, I don't think they would be has much fun as putting steel on target.
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87. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Eastern Front [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:2060]
Jeff Waldon

Charleston
South Carolina
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Retired from the Marine Corps, after 20 years, as a Gunnery Sergeant in 2007. My MOS was 0369, Infantry Unit Leader and I was a Drill Instructor at Parris Island for 3 1/2 years.
Obviously I did'nt serve on the Eastern Front, but I do enjoy Panzer Grenadier and I am always looking for somebody to throw down with.
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88. Board Game: Fulda Gap [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4935]
Dave Terhune
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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US Army, 86-90. Spent my time in Germany with a Pershing unit before they were eliminated with the other intermediate range nukes.

US Army Reserve, 90-93. Joined a light infantry battalion while I was in college. Activated during Desert Storm in 91 and sent back to Germany to guard housing areas against possible terrorist attacks.

Now I'm working on the support side as a defense contractor.
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89. Board Game: G.E.V. [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1256]
Michael Sutherland

Omaha
Nebraska
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I spent 6 years and 11 months in the USAF as a ROMAD (Radio Operator Maintainer and Driver) working withe the US Army coordinating and controlling Close Air Support (CAS). So, wearing an Air Force uniform, I worked on Army bases with Army units in the field. Been to Iraq twice with the Army and managed to work directly with the Marines and Navy too based on where I was. Fun, very Joint Operations...

I enjoyed OGRE/GEM and all involved with that universe. Prior to joining the military, I was a war game geek! I stayed that way, in fact, it made me more of a war gaming geek... Something about actually doing it does that... When I started, my Dad would whoop my butt, then after a few years in the service, learning armor tactics (the only good thing about working at Ft. Riley...), now the tide has turned!

Lots of fun despite not allowing for the real air power aspect (except in the Ogre Book, there are some rules I have yet to play with!).sauron
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90. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:206]
 
Dan Rivera
United States
Fountain
Colorado
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My current favorite war game is Conflict of Heroes.

Spent 13 years in the Army as a Comm tech. My wife is active duty army. Both my dad and both grandfathers are retired CSMs.

I spent years all over Europe, Asia, Middle East and the US. Never lived in 1 place longer then 3 years my entire life hope to fix that problem this time.



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91. Board Game: Arctic Front [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:2266]
Roar Stensrud
Norway
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This must be the game in closest relation to my military service. I served a year (93-94) in an Armored Recon unit in Brig-N (stationed in North Norway). It was after the real cold war, but the general idea was still to let "the enemy" roll over Finnmark and have them stopped in the mountains of Troms. At this time "the enemy" had replaced "the Russians" as the official name on...well...the enemy. But our battle plans and key defense areas left little doubt on who was still the most likely enemy (we seriously doubted that Sweeden or Finland would have any interest in attacking Norway).

The game "Arctic Front" , and its cousins in GDW's "Third World War"-series, are, in my opinion, very interesting and good games. They play relatively easy too. On two occasions I've actually played the four games in combination -to the end! I'd still like to play them more despite their now rather out-dated theme.

During my service I also played Firepower. Once I actually set up a scenario for Firepower based on one of our exercises. Judging by the outcome in Firpower it was a good thing it was only an exercise...gulp

My current favorite is Up Front. I started playing Up Front after I had finished my military service. But thinking back on experiences from my service, I remember several situations that carries a strange resemblance to things that can occur in Up Front. A testemony to the simulation qualities of Up front.

R.
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92. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:955]
Shane Woyak
United States
Elmendorf AFB
Alaska
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15 year USAF veteran here. Aircraft Structural Mechanic. Glad to see the great representation by my US brothers in arms!

1993-1998 Ellsworth AFB, SD
1998-2002 Spangdahlem AB, Germany
2002-2006 Robins AFB, GA
2006-2007 Baghdad, Iraq
2007-now Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

plus time in England, Italy, Guam, Hawaii, Qatar...
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93. Board Game: Harpoon 4 [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3370]
Victor Watrous
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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Played this game once--onboard ship of all places. The game was terribly lopsided as I was a newbie playing a hardcore gamer. 'Course that was Harpoon, but I would be willing to try Harpoon 4.

I was a Data Systems technician in the US Navy from '83 to '89. When you watch the movies where someone is looking at a radar console--yep, somebody has to fix those.



 
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94. Board Game Designer: Danny Holte
Danny Holte
United States
Fullerton
California
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USAF '81-88; Analyst for AFTAC.

Currently publishing games with my own label, and designing two for GMT Games.
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95. Board Game: Air Assault On Crete/Invasion of Malta: 1942 [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2992]
Chose this one because it was my favorite duty station... where the Army basically lost me to the Air Force.


US Army Combat Engineer
85-86 HHC 820th EN BN, USAR
86-88 87th Engr Co, Ft Irwin CA (OPFOR) - was also assigned to HHC 1/73rd Armor prior to activation of 87th Engrs
91-92 A CO 820th EN BN, USAR - also spent a couple of drills at a Signal BN at Camp Parks CA (assigned there when I ETS-ed from the active Army - someone thought "broadcaster = signals corps")

US Army Broadcast Journalist
DINFOS BBC class 89-1 & 89-2 Ft Ben Harrison IN
88-89 HHC NTC/PAO Ft Irwin CA
89-91 ABS Det 3 / AFEBS Det 4 / SEB Iraklion AS Crete, Greece - My "parent Army unit" changed several times while I was in Crete - 558th USAAG in Greece, 7th Army HQ in Germany, the Pentagon, then SEB HQ in Italy - this played holy hell with my COLA, as I recall, as well as making it very difficult to get school orders, promotion board slots, and other such things for our 4-5 soldier detachment
95-96 69th Press Camp HQ, CA ARNG

US Army MP

93-95 614th/438th MP CO, KY ARNG

USAF Security Forces / CATM
99-01 116th SFS Robins AFB (GA ANG) - also assigned briefly to Weapons and Comm Flights
01-03 129th SFS Moffett FAF CA (AGR with CA ANG)

Medically retired in Dec 2003 with cranial nerve damage.
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96. Board Game: NATO: Operational Combat in Europe in the 1970's [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:6416]
Bill Eldard
United States
Burke
Virginia
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My military career began in 1973, the same year that SPI's NATO: Operational Combat in Europe in the 1970's was published. Ironically, my first operational assignment would be in a division depicted in that game.

US Army (1973-1976)

Company C, 1st Battalion 46th Infantry, 1st Armored Division in West Germany. I was a sergeant and served as a mechanized infantry fire team leader.

Virginia Army National Guard (1977-1978)

Company B, 1st Battalion 116th Infantry as a sergeant and light infantry squad leader.

US Navy (1979-2001)

My first assignment was as air intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142), one of two F-14 squadrons embarked aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Some other assignments included temporary assigned as assistant intelligence officer (S-2A) of 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (24 MAU) in Beirut, LE, 1983; staff intelligence officer (N-2) for Amphibious Squadron Six (PHIBRON 6; 5 ships), 1989-1990, commanding officer of the Southern Region Joint Operational Intelligence Center (SR JOIC), Naples, IT, 1990-1993.

I retired as a Commander in early 2001.
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97. Board Game: Hof Gap [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4725]
 
Brian Collins
United States
Oakland
California
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As a young private, I was stationed in Schweinfurt, Ledward Kaserne with the 2/39 Field Artillery. This is the only game where I'm part of one of the counters...
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98. Board Game: Harpoon 4 [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3370]
Stephen Jolly
United States
Vicksburg
Mississippi
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US Navy nuclear trained Electrician's Mate. 17 years now, and currently a Chief on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). I've been on four other ships:

USS Bainbridge (CGN-25) 1994-1996
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) 1996-2000
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) 2003-2006
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) 2006-2009

Always been a fan of the Harpoon series of games (been playing since 1990)!

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99. Board Game: Silver Bayonet: The First Team in Vietnam, 1965 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:4545]
Mike Owens
United States
Chattanooga
Tennessee
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US Army Reserve, currently on active duty at Ft. Hood, home of the First Cavalry Division.
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100. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Jim Millard
United States
St Joseph
Minnesota
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US Army - Reserve, 1988 - 2005; Infantry / NBC / Admin. Medically retired; alerted 3x, mobilized once. Started in the Infantry late in life [age 25], ended in NBC.

I started wargaming in 1975, being influenced by my father's service in the US Army Air Corps in WWII [1944-1946].

I have played many Eurogames, but hex-and-counter is still my preferred game. Despite that, TS is my current favorite - so intense, immense replay value.
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