Category Archives: Air Warriors

Thuds…

I came across this picture the other day, ‘surfing the net.’  A ‘gaggle” of F-105s about to begin the day…   Looks like the picture may have come from a cover of Life magazine.  At any rate, when I saw … Continue reading

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Two Paths in the Air Force…

When I was on Active Duty I saw two distinct career paths for pilots.  The first was to progress by kissing the Boss’s ass and playing golf.  The second was to not lie to the Boss and being very good … Continue reading

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Lying

One of the things Dear Ole Dad NEVER tolerated was lying.  He (literally) beat this into us from Day 1.  I grew up with more of a fear that Dear Ole Dad would think I was lying to him, than actually … Continue reading

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The Cockpit

The Cockpit The cockpit was my office.  It was a place where I experienced many emotions and learned many lessons.  It was a place of work and also a keeper of dreams.  It was a place of deadly serious encounters, … Continue reading

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The Vietnam Veteran ‘Military Brat’ Challenge Coins

In conjunction with the Vietnam Veteran Appreciation Event here in Toledo, OH last week (4-9 Jun 2013) I was afforded the opportunity to hand out Vietnam Veteran Military Brat Challenge Coins. The idea evolved from an initiative of mine to … Continue reading

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Vietnam Veteran Appreciation Event – Toledo, OH

Last week “they” held a Vietnam Veteran Appreciation Event here in Northwest Ohio.  The feature of the event was the 80% scale ‘traveling wall.’  One of those on the Wall is Tom Widerquist. Tom was a member of our pilot … Continue reading

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Memorial Day – 2013

I was honored yesterday by being asked to be the keynote speaker at the Lake Township – Walbridge, OH Memorial Day Service. The mayor, Ed Kolonko, and I are good friends and he been asked to speak, but he deferred … Continue reading

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Deployments

As I was sitting here yesterday morning at oh-dark-thirty, I heard some jets departing.  Two distinct groups of jets – maybe 15 to 20 minutes apart.  Wasn’t paying that great of attention; I’ve heard it before.  Then my daughter-in-law put … Continue reading

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Gangs in America

I have always been somewhat of a “linear thinker.”  It has been a strength at times, and a weakness at others.  But more often that not, it has helped me see things great clarity.  Take this issue on gangs in … Continue reading

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Ed Rasimus

Ed Rasimus Ed Rasimus passed away on January 30th, 2013. He was a distinguished pilot, author, professor and great American.         I have read a couple of Ed’s books, and enjoyed them a great deal.  I never … Continue reading

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