Wonder what stories you guys have about your nicknames.
About mine, "Llama", hmm! LOL.
It came about in Afghanistan during an operational tour there. We were in Helmand Province and during one of the "hot" periods of activity. Every morning we had a pretty serious op brief - maybe I should mention that we were a huge camp, 19,000 "inhabitants" and co-joined was a USMC base too.
Anyhow, as those of you who have been in such situations know, you kind of go through different periods of mental state depending not only on what's going on but also how much of the tour is complete and how much still to go. We hit a period 1/2 way through when I could sense that some were needing an injection of humour, so right at the end of each morning's briefing I started anonymously slipping in a final slide with "Lama's Thought For The Day" (notice, Lama with one "L", e.g. like a Tibetan Buddhist monk). Sometimes it was a genuine "morale-boosting" (hopefully!) message, sometimes just to relieve the stress at the end of a serious brief.
I was doing it anonymously every day for a couple of weeks, but it didn't take my Air Force comrade long to figure out it was me. So then, in typical military humour, started addressing me as Llama (2 x "L" - e.g. the S.American four legged creature, rather than 1 x "L" - the Tibetan monk), and the name stuck with those around me during that tour, and followed me with those who heard about it.
So Llama it is, and better than some names I have been called! LOL
Regimental (Gurkha) motto:
"Kafar Hunnu Bhanda Marnu Ramro"
("Better to die than to be a coward")