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Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:36:07 »
Just a simple question, when going to the U.S. for drills/exercises does one travel normally going through the civilian entry or do you take a plane from a base in Canada which you are stationed at to the base you are going to in the U.S.?

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 02:23:17 »
If your unit is going to an exercise in the US I would think that you would fly CAF to the location of the exercise.

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 02:32:30 »
Totally depends. I've bussed it from Ottawa to Fort Drum in New York and Fort Knox in Kentucky. In both cases we came through a civilian port of entry. When we went to Fort Bliss we flew charter from Ottawa Airport right to the base if memory serves.
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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2016, 07:26:33 »
Just a simple question, when going to the U.S. for drills/exercises does one travel normally going through the civilian entry or do you take a plane from a base in Canada which you are stationed at to the base you are going to in the U.S.?

When I went to South Dakota, it was a pretty neat experience. First time doing multinational exercise, we were flown on CF Service Air through a private terminal at the local international airport directly to Ellsworth Air Force Base and back again at the end.

We didn't have to wait for security screening or check in, and customs was said and done in 5 minutes. Really fantastic.

Those from out of town and in small numbers were flown or bussed down to the hub airport where they met up with the main travelling body (us).
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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2016, 07:40:16 »
Totally depends. I've bussed it from Ottawa to Fort Drum in New York and Fort Knox in Kentucky. In both cases we came through a civilian port of entry. When we went to Fort Bliss we flew charter from Ottawa Airport right to the base if memory serves.

Exactly.

It will depend on where you are coming from, where you are going, how many of you are going, what equipment and supplies you may be taking with you, time of year, type of transportation you are taking, facilities available for transportation, and other considerations.

You may drive down in a military vehicle and cross through a border crossing like any other traveler.  You may fly in a military aircraft from one base to another military base.  You may fly commercial air from one civilian airport to another civilian airport.  You may travel on a navy ship to either a US Naval facility or a civilian port.  You could fly a military aircraft to a civilian airport.  You could travel any of those or combination of those.  There is no one way to travel to or from the US.
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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2016, 07:56:58 »
You may drive down in a military  vehicle

That's the way we always went to and from Fort Drum.
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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2016, 08:55:18 »
Easiest way is by ship.  There is generally no security check and the customs clearance is usually a quick chat between a lone Customs Officer and the ship's Supply Officer.  Generally US Customs has absolutely no interest in what individuals are carrying and only cares about anything the ship intends to leave behind (which is usually nothing).
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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2018, 08:37:51 »
You may drive down in a military  vehicle

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2018, 10:28:43 »
Back in my day we rode in the back of a Deuce to Ft Lewis and Yakima. I suspect that if your not driving, you be on a bus. Your unit should have posted Orders for the move.

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2018, 11:22:31 »
Back in my day we rode in the back of a Deuce to Ft Lewis and Yakima. I suspect that if your not driving, you be on a bus. Your unit should have posted Orders for the move.

That was almost 2 years ago - I hope he figured it out by then  ;)
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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2018, 20:46:16 »
I plead not enough coffee...... [:-[

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2018, 21:23:51 »
I plead not enough coffee...... [:-[

There is never enough coffee.

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2018, 06:27:25 »
Easiest way is by ship.  There is generally no security check and the customs clearance is usually a quick chat between a lone Customs Officer and the ship's Supply Officer.  Generally US Customs has absolutely no interest in what individuals are carrying and only cares about anything the ship intends to leave behind (which is usually nothing).

Or the hard earned pay of the sailors, the tears of an over-promised to dolly (or fella), the clean-up costs of the back seat of a taxi or police cruisers!   ;D

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2018, 10:26:19 »
Or the hard earned pay of the sailors, the tears of an over-promised to dolly (or fella), the clean-up costs of the back seat of a taxi or police cruisers!   ;D

How would any of that happen when all we do in foreign ports is visit museums and historic churches?
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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2018, 10:43:33 »
How would any of that happen when all we do in foreign ports is visit museums and historic churches?

Which is the result of restricting access to booze at sea!

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Re: Traveling to the U.S. for exercises
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2018, 03:58:18 »