Now You Know Why You Slept So Much Better Those Last Two Weeks of March. As the altered byline suggests, this product is the product of a lean, mean, military fighting machine and not some sniveling overpaid contract weenie; I’m on my annual tour. But if you note a greater sense of order/discipline in my writing this time, do not attribute anything other than the fact that I’m working on this in the AFIT computer lab and not a home (no “inspirational” beverages served here).
The “Total Force Didn’t Have Its Act Together on This One. I was pretty charged up when I saw in the Register of Graduates that 14 of our classmates have addresses here in the Dayton area; thought this would be a perfect chance to get the first-hand word. But nooooo, because of TDYs, vacations, and the fat that the editor needs this the middle of my first week here I haven’t spoken to any of the boys yet. Actually, Greg Sheridan’s TDY may have increased my efficiency; in talking with his wife, Renee, I was also talking to Denny Brooks’ sister (two updates for the price of one), Renee said that Greg was TDY because Greg is always TDY! He’s the SPACECOM liaison guy here at Wright-Pat and apparently spends a lot of time meeting with his SPACECOM brethren in other locations. A more normal (whatever that is) life should return this summer as Greg heads on the ACSC at Maxwell; from there they expect to return to the C-5 world (and more TDY)! The bad news is that Denny was medically retired about two years ago due to complications from a childhood back injury. The good news is that he and Leslie are back in Colorado Springs and that Denny’s been able to pursue one of his deep interests as an artificial intelligence consultant to some companies out in California. Leslie’s a major in the Air Force Reserve (I don’t know exactly what she does, but trust me, all USAFR majors are serving in pivotal positions at the razor’s edge of democracy). Hopefully there will be more on the WPAFB gang in the next edition. If I have to, I’ll go to every bar in the Dayton area to search them out.
My Mailman Has Applied For Unemployment Benefits: Two late Christmas cards, one letter, and the change-of-address cards from the AOG. You guys (which is not to exclude wives, as we occasionally need to hear the unembellished truth from a reliable source) aren’t exactly knocking yourselves out. And we may as well disconnect the phone while we’re at it; nobody’s called.
John and Jill Charlton’s Christmas card arrived the day I mailed out the last article so they get top billing. They’re in Newport at the water-proof version of Command and Staff School; happy, nice break, lots of history, kids doing well. John told me they’re ready to move back “West” but it looks like he’ll wind up in the Far East (unaccompanied: Osan AB, Korea) and Jill will head back to Midwest (Saginaw) with the kids. The guys at MPC must not be geography majors. John went to Newport from TAC IG and was able to pass on a few updates: Tug McGraw has left Langley for Alaska (F-15), Rick Odegard did likewise to Okinawa, and poor Don Cunningham was left to uphold what I’m sure was a very fine ‘75er standard.
I’m not really certain that Brian Gomes’ letter was related to the Christmas holiday, it came a little closer to Valentine’s Day. But we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt since he had such a good reason; he and Sandi were a little busy with the arrival of their third child in November. That, and Brian’s job with Piedmont/USAir, and his flying KC-10s with the Reserves, and the other two kids. All of this on top of Charlotte getting an NBA franchise! I mean how’s Brian supposed to keep up?
Can You Pick Out The ’74 Grad in This Picture? Scott Smith mentioned that the individual “front and center” in the photo below is a derelict ’74 grad who’s on the staff at ACSC. Of course we all knew from the posture, the “hairs” and the finger in the nose; I mean, hey, those guys trained us! Scott, Jan and the kids came to Maxwell from USAFA where Scott was teaching four different courses including everyone’s all-time favorite, “Waldo F. Dumbsquat 101 World History.” They’ll be off to McChord and back to ‘141s when school’s over in June. Just to reinforce the idea that he is a “fuzzy-studies” academician, Scott then gave me the following 16 capsules on “the other guys in the picture;” please note that, unless one of you grew an extra head, there are 17 other people in the picture! Mr. “X” please write me soon.
In no particular order: Rick Lewallen, his wife Alice and two children, came from SOF C2 at Scott AFB, but didn’t have a clear vision of where he’ll be going in June. Lee Colburn came from a remote at Kunsan AB, Korea (F-16s). He, his wife, Jeanine, and son will be staying on ACS faculty. The Gradys (Kevin, Carolyn and Lauren) arrived from Fort Hood (ALO) but will happily be getting back to the F-15 upon graduation. It may have something to do with the PCS costs involved in moving a family with five children, but whatever, Jim Dill, Joette and “the group” will be staying on in Alabama where Jim will be on the ACS faculty. They just came from SPACECOM at Colorado Springs.
The faculty will also include Jim Heald, ex-F-15E Flight Test WSO (Edwards). Jim’s married (Pat) and has two boys. Dave Kovach and his two boys arrived from Randolph (MPC) but don’t know where they’ll be going yet. Doug Miller, like Scott, came to ACSC from the faculty at USAFA. (Doug probably knew how many people were in the picture; he taught Mech!) It’ll be overseas for the Millers (Doug, Allison and two children); C-130s at Clark AB, PI. Larry Fariss will also be returning to the “drone zone” (C-130s at Dyess). He and Michelle and three sons came to ACSC from Randolph (MPC). And more cotton in the ears for Ed Wilcock who came from an exchange tour in Aussie C-130s and will be staying with the airplane (stateside) following ACSC. Ed’s married (Jennifer) with two little ones.
Jerry Levesque, his wife Sylvia, and their boys came in from A-10s at Bentwaters but don’t know exactly what their fate will be. It’ll be off to the Pentagon for Steve and Sharon Duresky, and their three kids after ACSC. They arrived from Misawa AB where Steve flew F-16s. Marlo Mellum, his wife Kim, and kids Briana, Brittany, Bethany and Brackin (is his name really Barlo Bellum?) came in from flying Tornados at RAF Honington and they’re probably headed for F-111s here in the states. Pete Losi, wife (Eileen) plus two kids: in from HQ MAC…out to C-141s at McGuire. John Loucks will be another ACSC faculty member come June. He, Susan and their two boys recently escaped McConnell AFB, KS.
Because Phil Gronseth came from the Department of Physics at USAFA, I’m sure he not only knows how many people are in the picture, he could probably calculate the groups total gravitational mass increase as a function of diminishing follicle activity and plot it over the period of time since June 4th, 1975. Knowing all that (and whatever he learns at ACSC) will no doubt help Phil, Holly and their two kids get through their upcoming B-52 assignment to Guam. TAC is keeping Kevin and Dorothy Smith guessing about where they and their two girls will be after ACSC; they were previously at Luke (F-16s).
Heard But Not Seen. Scott couldn’t get the following folks in front of the camera (or is one of them “Mr. X”?). Neither Buzz Masters not Ron Bean know what lies in store for them after ACSC. Buzz, Gere, and their kids came from Shaw; while Ron, Alice and their daughter came from Charleston AFB. Al Van Epps is preparing the way for all the guys coming to the ACSC faculty. By the way Al, all these guys noted in their letters that they thought it was way too easy and that there wasn’t enough homework! Ralph Rhye is also making it easy on the ACSC crew by keeping the water hot and the streets smooth; he’s in CE at Maxwell.
To Use The Air Force Term, I’m FIGMO! And besides, it would up with pretty good bulk. “Thank you” to those illustrious few who contributed! I’ll once again spare you/me the pain of the C-O-A cards. And so, with a steely look, a chiseled jaw, and major’s leaves a-gleamin’, I’ll return to the defense of our nation (for the next nine days anyway). Let me check this out…”Attention,” “At Ease,” “Write Yourself Up” (and mail it to me), “Carry On,” “It’s Later Than You Think,” and all that. How’d I do? Of yea, “Dismissed.”