Myself and my squad leaders in basic training in September of 1972 at Lackland AFB, TX. That's me on the far right. Then I went to Lowry AFB, CO for Nuclear Weapons School and then to FE Warren AFB, WY and Vandenberg AFB, CA where I worked on the Minuteman III ICBM until 1976 when I got out of the regular AF. In 1986 I rejoined the Missouri Air Guard at St Louis in AMMO (Munitions) and served there for 6 years then I did another 17 with the Tennessee Air Guard at Memphis as a training manager and supply.
My oldest son and myself in the desert in 2006. Yep, we deployed together. Scared the crap out of the wife.
At al Ain airbase in the UAE during Desert Shield/Storm. The temperature was 131-degrees, so I dressed up.
Retirement...yes, my retirement ceremony was in BDU's.
Was asked at church 'how long I served?' Had to think a few moments...figured it to be 36 years, 3 months and 9 days. The only reason I had to think was I served Active, ANG, and Reserves; not all connected.
Looks like I needed a haircut. This would have been at Yakima Firing Center. 1974?
And this, summer of '75, just prior to my ETS.
This was also just prior to my ETS. Hurt my ankle pretty badly. They wanted me to extend, for surgery on it. I said no, thanks. Now, when I need help, the VA says they have no record of this injury. :shock:
One of my favorite pics on my last of three deployments in 2004. I'm the newly minted lieutenant colonel, just promoted minutes before, on the back of an AC-130. I started my career 21 years earlier as an aerial gunner on AC-130a's and was a security forces commander on this tour. I've got my supply sergeants, first sergeant, senior enlisted advisor, S-1, and S-3 with me. Damn, I kind of miss that camaraderie.
Vito: The only way I know how to do it is use Photobucket. If you have an account (free) upload the picture, open the picture and on the right there will be a box with methods to link the pic.. The bottom one says .img. copy that address then paste it on this site.
Thank all of y'all for participating. It is great to see some of your histories. I hope we get a lot more.
2Late45 -- Thanks, brother. Love those "fabulous 4-engine fighters." Those look like H-models with the monstrous 105mm cannon. Our poor lil' ol' A-models had two 40mm Bofors instead. Neat you were at Ubon. My father earned his Silver Star Medal as a WSO on F-4's out of Ubon in '69-70. He told a humbling story of when spappers ran right past his row of F-4's...to attempt to blow up the AC-130's instead :wink: