Can't Turn Down a MeMe Twice

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Real Estate Agent with Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.

By: David Kucic RA
CRS, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, AHWD
Tropic Lightning Real Estate, Oahu, Hawaii

Grab a cup of coffee or an ice cold soda as you will need the caffeine to stay awake.

Born in Chicago.  Grew up in Calumet City, IL.  Graduated from Thornwood High School in South Holland, IL.  I played baseball for my entire childhood, high school and on a semi-pro team (MSBL) in Colorado called the Colorado Springs Grizzlies.  We won the Colorado state championship in 1995.

I have the most awesome family that anyone could possibly be blessed to have.  We are one of those very, very unique families where EVERYONE gets along.  There are no bad feelings between in-laws or any other members of the family.  My wife and I have been married for over 20 years after eloping to Denmark (we were in Germany at the time) and then we had a church wedding in Germany 2 months later so the family could celebrate with us.  Tonya is a native Hawaiian and was stationed in Germany with her career Army father when we met.  We have two great kids.  Our son attends the University of Hawaii in Manoa and our daughter is in elementary school.

After high school, I worked in Chicago for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance as a claims processor before joining the Army as a FIELD ARTILLERYMAN which is what I remained for the duration of my career.  I served in all positions within a Field Artillery Battalion to include Cannoneer, Gunner, Section Chief, Gunner Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant.

My Army travels took me to:

Ft. Sill, Oklahoma (2 years)
Ft. Hood, Texas (2 year)
Garlstedt, Germany (3 years)
Ft. Carson, Colorado (3 tours of duty for a total of 9 years)
Kirchgoens, Germany (4 years)
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii (3 Years)

In between these assignments I spent almost 3 years in declared Combat Zones to include service in:

Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm (Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) 3rd Armored Division
Operation Intrinsic Action (Kuwait) 4th Infantry Division
Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) 25th Infantry Divsion (Light)

I was a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for 2 years training new Army recruits.  Besides being in a combat zone, those were the longest hours I worked in my life.....waking up at 3:30 each morning and not getting home until around 10:00 pm each night.  I almost forgot I had a family during that time because I barely saw them.

                            

My service to our country is something that I am very, very proud of.  During my 22 year military career, I was recognized on a few occassions as being a pretty decent Soldier and was awarded the following:

2 Bronze Star Medals for combat in Operations Desert Storm (1991) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004-2005), 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 9 Army Commendation Medals, 11 Army Achievement Medals, 7 Good Conduct Medals, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Meritorious Unit Citation, Southwest Asia Service Medals with 3 battle stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2 Overseas Service Ribbons, Valorous Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Saudi Arabia Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, General Aubrey Red Newman Leadership Award, St. Barbaras Award.  Member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.  Winner of the Ft Carson Non Commissioned Officer of the Quarter, Winner of the Ft. Carson Non Commissioned Officer of the Year in 2001, Winner III Corps Non Commissioned Officer of the Year 2001, Runner-up All Army Non Commissioned Officer of the Year 2001, Winner US Army Drill Sergeant of the Cycle 1999, Honored Graduate from the Advance United States Army Non Commissioned Officers Course, Graduate of the Paladin Commanders Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Drill Sergeant School, Defensive Driving School. Certificate of Appreciation Counter Terrorism Group Sulaymaniyah Province of Iraq, Silver Award German "Schutzenshnur" Awarded for NATO weapons proficiency from the country of Germany.

My volunteer work has me serving as the Junior Vice-Commander of Wahiawa Chapter 4 of the Disabled American Veterans and Tonya and I also volunteer as bus drivers for the Disabled American Veterans that do not have a way to make it to their medical appointments.  I am actually the driver.  Tonya is my co-pilot!

Hobbies: Golf, Running, Surfing, Fishing, Island Hopping and Hiking.  Golf is definitely at the top of the list and I am in one of the most beautiful places on the planet to enjoy this sport.  My goal is to play every course on every island.  I am approximately 40% complete with that goal.

I retired from the Army in 2005 but had earned my real estate license prior to my retirement.  I am a glutton for education in real estate and have earned the designations of Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI), Internet Professional (e-PRO), Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) and At Home With Diversity (AHWD).

The End.

I will know bestow the great honor of the MeMe on the following Active Rain members:

Brian Rubadue from the beautiful "Garden Isle" of Kauai.

Julia Paul from the big island of Hawaii.

Jay Oku from the "Gathering Place", Oahu.

 

 

 

 

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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
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Hi, David! I just wrote my (as-yet-unpublished) MEME and was naming you to do then ext one! OH NO! WHo will I nominate now??

My brother went to Basic at Ft. Sill in 2003 - he's back now, by the way!

Congrats on your MEME! I loved reading it!

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 08, 2007 04:12 AM #2
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Jay McGillicuddy
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Hey Dave,glad to see ya back in the rain. You certainly are a lucky man to have a beautiful family. Just curious to who won that golf match you or your son? LOL
Nov 08, 2007 05:15 AM #3
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David... awesome meme.  Maybe it's because of your love for the armed forces that I only had the pleasure serving in for just 2 years. Really enjoyed walking through your military career and your achievements. I think you have me beat out on the awards. I received 1 Army Achievement Medal and just one Award. And the Medal award I didn't receive until after I got out of the Army. It was sent to me in the mail... lol  I wasn't even part of an awards ceremony...

Seriously though, great meme. And the picture of you as a Drill Sergeant?  You look just like one of my drill Sergeants. Sergeant Jackson. Don't ask me why and how I still remember his name. But I am going to go through my Basic Training books and see if I can scan you his picture, then you can tell me...  ;o)

 

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Nov 08, 2007 07:18 AM #4
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Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
I wonder if you ran into my brother-in-law who also was at these places. I just do not know if the timing was there. Sergeant Robert Watts?
Nov 08, 2007 08:23 AM #5
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Thanks Candace-If you would ever like to know what the definition is for some of your fathers awards, I would be happy to help you.  After I finish my comments, I will head over to your MeMe to check out a little bit about you. Aloha!
Nov 08, 2007 10:27 AM #6
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Maura-I dont know if you remember or not but your brother and an old Army buddy of mine are in the same battalion at Ft. Bragg and were in Iraq together for the past 15 months.  I was a Drill Sergeant a few years before your brother came through which was 1997-1999.  Cant wait to see your MeMe as I know how much volunteer things you are doing and now everyone will know!  Aloha.
Nov 08, 2007 10:29 AM #7
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Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
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You sure had an amazing career! Thank you for your service and the service you continue to give.

Nov 08, 2007 05:26 PM #8
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Jay-My family keeps me motivated and provides me fuel to keep running.  Thanks for the compliment about them.  My son won.  In that picture we had just finished playing on Maui at the Wailea Emerald Course.  Cameron shot 75-83 and I shot 89-87.  I hope you still have a few warm days left to play some golf yourself.
Nov 08, 2007 10:03 PM #9
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner

Soldier Belonger-Since you were never awarded your Army Achievement Medal in the proper way, I will arrange for you to have it presented to you by a Commissioned Officere in an Active Dutry Military Formation if you should ever visit Hawaii.  I mean it!  It has been said that most trainees do not forget their Drill Sergeants name.  I still have not forgotten mine from 1984 because they had such a big impact on my life.  Can't wait to see DS Jackson.  Just curious.....do you remember the cadance, "Hey Hey CPT Jack, meet me down by the railroad tracks?"  Was that DS Jacksons favorite cadance?

Nov 08, 2007 10:07 PM #10
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Susan-The name does not ring an immediate bell.  Was he at Ft. Sill, OK during 1997-1999?  I had 56 new recruits to train every 3 months so I know that I dont remember everyones name.  Aloha!
Nov 08, 2007 10:11 PM #11
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Jo-Thank you.  I read your biography and see that you are also the spouse of a military man.  I like the picture of the 4 wheeler and the quote about "not feeling like a criminal" while riding the ATV!  Have a great day.
Nov 08, 2007 10:15 PM #12
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Maura Neill
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Hi, David! I do remember - is your friend back from Iraq now, too? Did he get to come back with the rest of the 82nd? I think they are cycling them all back and sending the 101st, if I remember correctly. Hope he's back safely!

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 08, 2007 10:55 PM #13
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Jay McGillicuddy
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The last round I played was on October 23rd, We played from the tips and I hadn't swung a club in a month and I shot 82 and I beat one of my better playing golfing buds by a single stroke. It was a great day. Par is 72. 

I was very pleased after a long layoff, maybe that's the key playing once a month? NOT LOL 

Nov 09, 2007 01:37 AM #14
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David...,..  I need to find my basic training book. In regards to the ceremony and such, that actually sounds great and I will take you up on that. I haven't visited Hawaii yet and that is in my travel plans in the next several years.  I'll keep you posted and thanks....

 

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Nov 09, 2007 01:47 AM #15
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Aloha Maura-Yes, he is also came back with your brother.  I am not sure which unit replaced the 82nd but I do think that at least 1 brigade from the 101st was due to deploy.  Have a great weekend and when can I look forward to your MeMe????
Nov 09, 2007 09:36 AM #16
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Jay-Shooting an 82 from the tips was pretty damn good!  Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes where you lay the clubs down for a while and then your very first round you play great?  Aloha!
Nov 09, 2007 09:38 AM #17
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

I posted it! I think, yesterday.

I won't link it here...I know that's bad manners. But I think it still comes up on the first page of the MeMe's, or just visit our blog!

~Maura

Nov 09, 2007 09:38 AM #18
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Jeff-Roget that.  It would not take much to set that up.  You know how the military is always happy to help out with stuff like that.  The guys are great here.  It doesn't matter which branch of the service they are in, everyone is always willing to lend a hand.  Have a great weekend.
Nov 09, 2007 09:40 AM #19
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Jay Oku
Academy Mortgage Corporation - Ewa Beach, HI

MEME - Jay "the Gathering Place" Oahu checking in for duty! I will get right on that! I have been slacking on my AR updates and just needed to see that Drill Sgt photo to motivate me to get my "rear in gear".

It is an honor to work with you knowing what you have accomplished. Wow. You are such a Down to Earth and friendly civilian it would have been entertaining...acutally SCARY... to see you as a DS.

Dec 15, 2007 02:51 AM #20
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
Jay-Its okay if you are a little bit late to the party!  I know how extremely you are so please give us a great MeMe when you have time.  I cant beleive the kind of person I was during my time as a DS.  Every once in a while when someone really pisses me off, they get a dose of the old me.
Dec 15, 2007 03:16 AM #21
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