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  •  Major, as one of those 18-year-olds with a '16 (13+ / 0-)

    thanks for your service.

     I was done before you started, but jacking up people trying to get into the planes without their ids was the reason for my job, back then.

    Also, this:

    My crew and I were assigned an actual alert mission and expected to study every aspect of it. This culminated with us standing in front of every Colonel on the base while they played "stump the dummy". It was OK to not know the answer to a question but you had to show that you knew where to look it up.
    Wasn't just your job description -- went with my AFSC too....

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:13:26 PM PST

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    •  Were there many (2+ / 0-)
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      black sheeps take care of the nukes???

      •  Don't know. Fair numbers of us walked around (9+ / 0-)

        airplanes with the intent of protecting them (and, by extension, ourselves from the nightmare of not protecting them) from bad guys and/or careless ones.

        We never knew whether that crewdog with no badge had just forgotten, or was a test.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:17:49 PM PST

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        •  That friend of mine pulled guard duty one... (5+ / 0-)

          ...night, and ended up forcing a lt. general face down on the tarmac, causing his CO to have a shitfit.

          It was a test...

          Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

          by JeffW on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:52:07 AM PST

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          •  So, what happened afterwards? (2+ / 0-)
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            Commendation for a job well done, or ... something else?

            The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

            by raboof on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 01:30:11 PM PST

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            •  The general chewed out the captain... (4+ / 0-)
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              ...for starting to chew out my friend, stating that if he hadn't been stopped and detained, the captain would have been in hot water.

              Another of his stories I remember was a security practice drill, where he was assigned to be an intruder, and dressed in dark clothes and issued an unloaded M-16, was sent into the woods at Lakenheath to see if the security people could catch him.

              So he climbs up a tree, settles down on a big branch, and waits and watches the path. First security guy comes along, glances up, sees my friend pointing the M-16 at him with a big smile, gesturing for him to sit down. According to the rules, the security guy was dead. I think he got two more before the end of the exercise, and the CO of the security section wanted him to transfer there, but he said no.

              Being in the Air Force didn't do much for his alcoholism, and that got him discharged, ultimately.

              Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

              by JeffW on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 02:30:19 PM PST

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        •  You guys had the hard job (3+ / 0-)
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          I've been on alert in Spokane when it hit 26 degrees below for three nights running. You guys with the guns and the fur trimmed parkas kept walking perimeter around our nuke-loaded bunch of bufs. Occasionally the head cop on shift would give one SP a break inside the heated flight line truck, while another hit the perimeter trail. I don't see how you survived, sane, anyway. Thanks for doing it.

          •  What my assistant NCOIC called (3+ / 0-)
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            "Chinese underwear" was a godsend back in the day -- quilted stuff with a satiny outside and a sweatshirt-fleece kind of lining. Also, pantyhose. (Which, as a girl, I enjoyed the living daylights out of watching the shift super NCO handing out to shivering guys to keep them warm. In the days of the dinosaur, pantyhose were polypro.)

            But yes, sometimes the nights got long, cold, and full of odd sounds around the backside of the flightline... you guys, up in the airplanes, had it tougher than we did. We could always hike around in circles to stay awake.

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

            by BlackSheep1 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 05:59:59 PM PST

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            •  Actually, that is traditional Chinese Underwear (0+ / 0-)

              And outer wear, for Autumn to Spring.

              The best is pure silk, i.e., silk fabric on both sides and silk fiber filling for the quilting, because it's warm, light and breathes.

              In fact, Mrs koNko is wearing her quilted winter pajamas right now as we prepare for the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) starting tomorrow night and watch the snow outside.

              恭禧发财 !

              What about my Daughter's future?

              by koNko on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:12:50 AM PST

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    •  How many rivets... (0+ / 0-)

      Are in the skin of a B-52?

      Come on I know thats what you guys did while waiting for someone to come out without their line badge displayed... LOL

      "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
      I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
      ~John F. Kennedy~

      -7.5,-5.8

      by Oldestsonofasailor on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:55:24 AM PST

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