Monthly Archives: October 2011

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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Strapping On Jets

My T-38 IP once told me, “You don’t ‘strap in’ a jet; you ‘strap it on.’”  He didn’t make a big deal of it – he just shared this as a ‘matter of fact’ statement.  For whatever reason I knew … Continue reading

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A Veteran…

A veteran – whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up … Continue reading

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The Morning Mustering of the Mugs

My first duty assignment, after tech training, was to the 430th TFS (Tactical Fighter Squadron) at Nellis AFB, NV as a Weapons Load Officer.  We were just receiving our compliment of F-111A aircraft.  I loved the assignment, and everything it … Continue reading

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The Day ‘Billy Bad’ Won the Salad Bowl…

The Commander’s Trophy, which was awarded to the top graduate of every UPT class, was known as the ‘Salad Bowl.’  It’s a coveted award that is supposed to be awarded on ‘objective’ criteria, but on occasion, the grading can become … Continue reading

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Joe S.

I first met Joe S. at a base intramural softball game at Vance AFB, OK in the summer of 1976.  Our squadron, or flight, was playing Joe’s class.  Joe was playing 2nd base. I was coaching 1st base when Maj. … Continue reading

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