Category Archives: Drinking

“43”

Quite a few of my posts come from stories that occasionally surface from years ago.  This is one of them… In 1977 we lived in Enid, OK.  I was stationed at Vance AFB.  In March 1977 we moved in to … Continue reading

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Halloween – 1982

In October 1982 I was in requal for the T-38A in the 560th FTS.  As the end of the month approached I talked Sue into having a Halloween party for our flight; IPs and students.  She agreed, and we were … Continue reading

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On Being an Alcohol ‘Abuser’

  I would like to offer perhaps a different perspective on the commonly used description for those of us suffering from alcoholism – that of “alcohol abuser.”  I would think that for most of you, your immediate reaction is something … Continue reading

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Terpin Hydrate

I never knew what this was, until the other day.  I took a lot of it in my youth, but today it’s banned by the FDA.  For our own protection, of course… In my youth I knew it as ‘cough … Continue reading

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“Click-click”

The mic (microphone) button in the T-38 was located on the inside of the left throttle.  Often, when we flew in formation and wanted to communicate using hand signals between IPs, we would ‘click’ the mic button twice – ‘click-click.’  … Continue reading

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Sometimes…

There’s a new Toby Keith song, “Clancy’s Tavern,” that I just downloaded.  Probably best I not listen to it very much…   The words really resonate deep within me.  I can “feel” that of which he sings; I have experienced … Continue reading

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Because His Name is not ‘Butch,’ Sir…

I was the Supervisor of Flying (SOF) one night as we were closing shop.  There was just me, an airman and our squadron commander in the building at the time.  The airman was busy with securing the area.  I was … Continue reading

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The Last Cheater’s Waltz

In 1980 I received orders to Australia.  I was working at Headquarters Air Training Command, Flight Safety at the time – as a T-38 Flight Safety Officer.  As my departure date neared ‘they’ asked me where I wanted to go … Continue reading

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Ho, Ho, Ho…

And so when Christmas rolled around in 1984, one of my guys in Stan/Eval was having a party.  He came to me and asked if I would be willing to play Santa.  My first thought was, “Will this Santa suit … Continue reading

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AAA – Alcohol, Aviators and Aviation Medicine

“AAA” – Alcohol, Aviators and Aviation Medicine Lt. Col. R.F. Holliker Jr., USAF/Ret.  (This is an article I wrote for the USAF Flightlines quarterly magazine.) In the early 1980’s there were two almost identical incidents (that I can remember), where … Continue reading

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