Military Abbreviations, Nicknames and Slang Terms
Beginning with G
Compiled by Jon Stacy

(British) A number of aircraft in loose formation.

(NATO Codename) Soviet SA-6, Surface to Air Missile.

The Lockheed C-5, Heavy Airlifter.

Gallant Gussi-
(Nickname) USS Gilbert Islands CVE-107, a Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier.

Galloping Gearing-
(Nickname) USS Gearing DD-710, a Gearing Class Destroyer.

Galloping Ghost-
(Nickname) USS Enterprise CV-6. A Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier.

Galloping Ghost of the East Coast-
(Nickname) USS Kula Gulf CVE-108, a Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier.

Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast-
(Nickname) USS Houston CA-30, a Northampton Class Heavy Cruiser.

Galloping Ghost of the Korean Coast-
1. (Nickname) USS Duncan DD-874, a Gearing Class Destroyer.
2. (Nickname) USS Black DD-666, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

Galloping Ghost of the Virginia Coast-
1. (Nickname) USS Siboney CVE-112, a Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier.
2. (Nickname) USS Juneau CLAA-119, a Juneau Class Light Cruiser.

(NATO Codename) Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Missile.

(Squadron Nickname) 19th Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-15 Eagle.

1. (Squadron Nickname) 21st Fighter Squadron, that operates the F-16 Falcon.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 77th Fighter Squadron, that operated the F-100 Super Sabre, F-111 Aardvark & currently the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

(NATO Codename) Soviet SA-4, Surface to Air Missile.

1. (Slang) Stolen.
2. (Slang) Screwed out of/into something.

Garage Doors-
Dive Brakes.

The KUD-1, a radio controlled Glide bomb.

(Squadron Nickname) VAQ-134 that operates the EA-6 Prowler.

(NATO Codename) Soviet SA-9, Surface to Air Missile.

1. (Squadron Nickname) VMSB/VMF/VMA/VMFA-142, that flew the SBD Dauntless, F4U Corsair, A-4 Skyhawk & the F/A-18 Hornet. Served during World War II.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 562nd Flying Training Squadron, flying the T-43.
3. (Squadron Nickname) 558th Flying Training Squadron, flying the T-43. (Disestablished)

Gator Freighter- (Nickname) USS New Orleans LPH-11, an Iwo Jima Class Helicopter Amphibious ship.

(Squadron Nickname) VAQ-136, that operates the EA-6 Prowler.

(NATO Codename) Soviet SA-8, Surface to Air Missile.

(Navy) A Soda Fountain.

(Nickname) USS Columbia CL-56, a Cleveland Class Light Cruiser.

(British) A Rumor.

General of the Hot Air Force-
(Nickname) General Billy Mitchell, of the US Army Air Corps.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Nippon Ku-8.

1. Automatic Pilot.
2. (Allied Codename) Japanese Kawanishi N1K2-J, Army Fighter Plane.
3. Former Codeword for the letter G.

Georgia Bones-
(Squadron Nickname) 128th Bomb Squadron, that operates the B-1 Lancer for the Georgia Air National Guard.

Getting Mopped Up-
Donning Chemical Warfare Gear.

Ghost Riders-
1. (Squadron Nickname) 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, that operated the F-117 Nighthawk during the Persian Gulf War. (Disestablished).
2. (Squadron Nickname) 16th Special Operations Squadron, that operated the AC-130 Specter.
3. (Squadron Nickname) 4th SOS, that operates the AC-130 Spectra.
4. (Squadron Nickname) VF-142, that operated the F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom II & the F-14 Tomcat. (Disestablished)

Government Issue. Any US service member.

GI Party-
A massive cleaning party of a barracks or office.

Giant Voice-
A public address system for a base or for a flightline.

Gig Line-
The alignment of the uniform’s shirt, belt buckle and fly.

1. (Nickname) President Ronald W. Reagan (1981-1989).
2. (Nickname) USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76; a Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier.

(Nickname) NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “The Navy’s Thorn in Castro’s Ass”.

(Squadron Nickname) VA/VFA-106, that operated the A-4 Skyhawk & the F/A-18 Hornet.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Yokosuka E14Y.

Global Eagles-
1. (Squadron Nickname) 15th Special Operations Squadron, that operates the MC-130 Hercules.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 15th Airlift Squadron, that operated the C-141 Starlifter & the C-17 Globemaster III.

Global Hawk-
The Northrop Grumman RQ-4, reconnaissance drone.

The Douglas C-74 airlifter. A development of the DC-7.

Globemaster II-
The Douglas C-124 airlifter. A development of the C-74.

Globemaster III-
The Boeing (McDonnell-Douglas) C-17, airlifter. Designed as the replacement for the Lockheed C-141.

(Squadron Nickname) VR-56, that flies the C-9 Skytrain II.

Go Juice-
(Slang) Fuel.

Go-on Rowan-
(Nickname) USS Rowan DD-782; a Gearing Class Destroyer.

(NATO Codename) Soviet SA-3, Surface to Air Missile.

(Nickname) Grumman SA-16/HU-16 Albatross.

Goat Locker-
The Chief Petty Officers berthing area onboard a ship.

Goat Rope-
(Slang) A Disorganized or Chaotic mess.

The McDonnell XF-85. An experimental jet parasite fighter.

(Slang) A goof off.

Goldbrick Society-
(Slang) A group of goof offs, on the job.

Gold Bottle Cap-
(Slang) An O-4 Major.

Gold Eagle-
(Nickname) USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, a Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier.

Golden Acorn-
The 87th Infantry Division, that served in World War I and in Europe during World War II.

Golden Arrow-
The 8th Infantry Division, that served in World War I, in Europe in World War II, and during the Korean War.

Golden BB-
A lucky shot that brings down an airplane.

Golden Dragons-
(Squadron Nickname) VF/VA/VFA-192, that operated the F9F Panther, FJ Fury, A-7 Corsair II & the
F/A-18 Hornet.

Golden Eagles-
1. (Squadron Nickname) VT-22, that flies the T-45 Goshawk.
2. (Squadron Nickname) HMM-162, that operates the CH-46 Sea Knight.

Golden Falcons-
(Squadron Nickname) HS-2 that operates the SH-60 Sea Hawk.

Golden Gator-
(Nickname) USS Boxer LHD-4. A Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship.

Golden Gators-
(Squadron Nickname) HC-85 that flies the SH-3 Sea King.

Golden Grizzly-
(Nickname) USS California CGN-36. A California Class Nuclear Cruiser.

Golden Hawks-
(Squadron Nickname) VAW-112 that operates the E-2 Hawkeye.

Golden Intruders-
(Squadron Nickname) VA-128, that operated the A-6 Intruder. The Squadron was reorganized into VAQ-128 “Fighting Phoenix” flying the EA-6 Prowler.

Golden Knights-
(Squadron Nickname) US Army Parachute Demonstration Team. They’ve operated the C-7 Caribou and currently the C-31 Friendship.

Golden Lion-
The 106th Infantry Division, that served in Europe during World War II.

Golden Pride-
(Squadron Nickname) 59th Fighter Squadron, that flew the F-15 Eagle. (Disestablished)

Golden Warriors-
(Squadron Nickname) VFA-87, that flies the F/A-18 Hornet.

(Codeword) Letter G.

Golf Ball-
A tracer, flaming in the air.

Gonzo Station-
US Ships assigned to the Indian Ocean, with the 5th Fleet.

Gooney Bird-
(Nickname) Douglas DC-3/C-47 Skytrain, during World War II.

Good Hood-
(Nickname) USS Mount Hood AE-29.

Goop Bomb-
(Slang) A special kind of incendiary bomb.

(Squadron Nickname) 58th Fighter Squadron, that operates the F-15 Eagle.

The McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing T-45, Naval Jet Trainer. Based on the British Hawk attack plane.

GQ Johnnie-
(Nickname) USS Johnston DD-557; a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Aichi B7A.

(Squadron Nickname) HSL-46 that flies the SH-60.

(Nickname) USS Guadalupe AO-32.

(Nickname) Purple Shirt sailors on an aircraft carrier, who refuel aircraft.

The M-3 medium tank, or early World War II.

A series of Liaison aircraft of World War II. To include the Taylorcraft L-2; the Piper L-3, L-4, L-18.

Gravel Haulers-
(Squadron Nickname) 741st Missile Squadron, that operates the LGM-30 Minuteman II ICBM.

Gray Ghost-
1. (Nickname) General John S. Mosby, CSA; during the Civil War.
2. (Nickname) USS Hornet CV-12, an Essex Class Aircraft Carrier.
3. (Nickname) USS Pensacola CA-24, a Pensacola Class Heavy Cruiser.

Gray Ghosts-
(Squadron Nickname) VMF-531 that flew the F6F Hellcat, F4U Corsair, FJ Fury,
F-8 Crusader, & the F-4 Phantom II. Served as a Night Fighter Squadron in World War II. (Disestablished)

Gray Ghost of the Carolina Coast-
(Nickname) USS Trumpetfish SS-425.

Gray Ghost of the East Coast-
(Nickname) USS Newport News CA-148, a Des Moines Class Heavy Cruiser.

Gray Ghost of the Korean Coast-
(Nickname) USS Rochester CA-124, an Oregon City Class Heavy Cruiser.

Gray Ghost of the South China Coast-
(Nickname) USS Gridley DLG/CG-21; a Leahy Class Cruiser.

Gray Ghost of Virginia Coast-
(Nickname) USS Northampton, CLC-1/CC-1.

Gray Hawks-
1. (Squadron Nickname) VAW-120 that flies the E-2 Hawkeye.
2. (Squadron Nickname) HMM-161, that operates the CH-19 Sea Horse & the CH-46 Sea Knight. 1st Helicopter unit too see combat in the Korean War.

Gray Knights-
(Squadron Nickname) VP-46, that flies the P-3 Orion.

Gray Lady-
(Nickname) USS Long Beach CGN-9; the Worlds first Nuclear Powered Warship.

Gray Wolves-
(Squadron Nickname) VAQ-142, that flies the EA-6 Prowler.

(Nickname) A US Navy Destroyer.

(Slang) To make a smooth landing.

Grease Monkey-
(Slang) A mechanic or other members of a ground crew.

Greasy G-
(Nickname) USS Guadalupe AO-32.

Greasy George-
(Nickname) USS George Clymer AP-51/APA-27; an Arthur Middleton Class Amphibious Attack Troop Transport.

Great Decliner-
(Nickname) General William S. Rosecrans, USA; during the Civil War.

Great Emancipator-
(Nickname) President Abraham Lincoln.

Great Marianas Turkey Shoot-
(Nickname) Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 19-20 June, 1944.

Great White Fleet-
(Nickname) American Battleship Armada, that steamed around the world, as part of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Foreign Diplomacy.

Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast-
(Nickname) USS LaSalle AGF-3. Named so due to its white paint it wore early in its career.

Greatest Contribution to the Japanese War Effort- (Nickname) Curtiss C-46 Commando.

Green Card-
An active duty, Identification card.

Green Falcons-
(Squadron Nickname) VA-205, that operated the A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair II, & the A-6 Intruder. (Disestablished)

Green Hornet-
(Nickname) General George S. Patton Jr., of World War II.

Green Hornets-
1. (Squadron Nickname) 20th Special Operations Squadron that operates the MH-53 Pave Low.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 61st Airlift Squadron, that operates the C-130 Hercules.

A glassed enclosure on an aircraft.

Green Knights-
(Squadron Nickname) VMA/VMFA-121, that operated the A-4 Skyhawk, & the F/A-18 Hornet.

Green Lizard-
(Nickname) Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, during the Vietnam War.

Green Lizards-
(Squadron Nickname) VA-95, that flew the A-4 Skyhawk & the A-6 Intruder. (Disestablished)

Green Mountain Boys-
(Squadron Nickname) 134th Fighter Squadron that operates the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the Vermont Air National Guard.

Green Pawns-
(Squadron Nickname) VA-42, that flew the AD Skyraider & the A-6 Intruder. (Disestablished)

An imaginary elf, that was blamed for all kinds of aircraft trouble, during WWII.

Gremlin’s Delight-
The B-17, due to its reoccurring maintenance problems.

1. (Squadron Nickname) 194th Fighter Squadron that operates the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the California Air National Guard.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 1st Fighter Squadron, that operates the F-15 Eagle & currently the F-22 Raptor.

(NATO Codename) Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Missile.

Grim Reapers-
1. (Squadron Nickname) 13th Bomb Squadron, that operated the A-17 Nomad, B-12, B-18 Bolo, A-20 Havoc, B-25 Mitchell, A/B-26 Invader, B-57 Canberra & currently the B-1 Lancer. Established during World War I, flying the Spad XIII, the flew the DH-4 Jenny, for most of the 1920’s as the 13th Squadron/13th Attack Sq., they would also fly the A-3 Falcon & A-12 Shrike, during the Mid 1920’s to Early 1930’s. The unit saw
service during World War I, World War II, Korea, & Vietnam. (
2. (Squadron Nickname) 493rd Fighter Squadron, that has operated the P-47 Thunderbolt, F-84 Thunderjet,
F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, F-4 Phantom II, F-111 Aardvark, & currently the F-15 Eagle. Served in World War II & the Persian Gulf War.
3. (Squadron Nickname) VF-101, that operated the F4D Skyray, F-4 Phantom II & the F-14 Tomcat. (Disestablished)
4. (Squadron Nickname) 4453rd Test & Evaluation Squadron, that operated the F-117 Nighthawk. (Disestablished)

(Navy) A piece of Asphalt.

Ground Pounder-
(Slang) An Air Force member who does not fly.

The Boeing EA-18G Super Hornet.

Any US Marine (Used as Slang by other services)

(Nickname) for the USS Guadalupe AO-32.

Guardian Wings-
(Squadron Nickname) 301st Rescue Squadron, that operates the HH-60 Blackhawk.

Gucci Tanker-
(Nickname) McDonnell-Douglas KC-10 Extender.

(NATO Codename) Soviet SA-2, Surface to Air Missile, used to great effect during the Vietnam War, by the North Vietnamese.

The Grumman VC-4, executive transport.

Gulfstream II-
The Grumman VC-11, executive transport.

Gulfstream III-
The Grumman C-20, executive transport.

Gulfstream IV-
The Grumman C-20F, executive transport.

Gulfstream V-
The Grumman C-37, executive transport.

1. (Squadron Nickname) HMLA-369, that operates the UH-1 Iroquois/AH-1 Cobra.
2. (Squadron Nickname) VF-124, who operated the F-14 Tomcat. (Disestablished)

The Fairchild AT-21, advanced trainer of World War II.

(Squadron Nickname) HMLA-269, who flies the UH-1 Huey/AH-1 Cobra.

1. A Battleship or Cruiser.
2. An aerial gun platform (example: AC-130 Specter).

(Squadron Nickname) VFA-105 that flies the F/A-18 Hornet.

(Nickname) Vought F7U Cutless

Gun Decking-
(Navy) A White Lie.

(Codeword) “Everything is Right”.

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