00vabchgt & Cale2006 Military Appreciation

MM Screen Name:  00vabchgt

Name & Rank:  MM1(SS) Danny Maldonado
(Spoken “Machinist’s Mate First Class, Submarines”)

Years/Months in the Service:  9 years, 4 months, 1 day in the World’s Finest Navy

MM:  What made you want to join the military?

00vabchgt:  I was at a point in my life where I had no direction.  I had dropped out of college during my third semester and had made a real mess of my life.  I wanted something better for myself, and I had always wanted to serve in the military, so I made the decision and joined the Navy

MM:  What do you like most about it?

00vabchgt:  What I liked the most about it was being a part of something bigger than myself,  being a part of something that matters, something with a long, proud history.  It’s a thankless job, really, but those that answer the call don’t do it for the thanks…

MM:  Biggest dislike?

00vabchgt:  Being away from my family for months on end with little to no contact with the outside world (I was on a submarine)

MM:  Best Memory?

00vabchgt:  Too many to choose from.  It’d have to be the men that I served with.  You get to be a pretty tight group when you serve on a submarine.  Those guys become like your brothers.  I got to see some pretty amazing things and places, all on the Navy’s dime, and I got to do it with some of the finest (and craziest) guys in the country…

MM:  Can you tell us about one person in the service who has affected your life most?

00vabchgt:  It’s probably EM2(SS) Marlon DeLeon, the guy that introduced me to my wife 7 years ago. It was a blind date, sorta, Long story…

MM Screen Name:  Cale2006

Name & Rank:  SSGt Cale Brennan

Years/Months in the Service:  7 years

MM:  What made you want to join the military?

Cale2006:  I joined the military because I always wanted to serve. I’m a military brat.

MM:  What do you like most about it?

Cale2006:  I love to travel.

MM:  Biggest dislike?

Cale2006:  I dislike power hungry people … period.

MM:  Best Memory?

Cale2006:  My best memory in the service was helping out some kids that had a broken down scooter in Baghdad.

MM:  Can you tell us about one person in the service who has affected your life most?

Cale2006:  My father, Daniel Mitchell, who served in the Navy.