I Am An Air Force Veteran

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    I Still Love To Fly

          "The air is the only place free of prejudices."     -     Bessie Coleman     "It's the only machine, the clouds, the weather and me.  It's funny that the only place on earth I am completely free from what others think and do... isn't really on the earth at...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jul 13, 2011

    Survivor's Guilt

         "My yesterdays walk with me.  They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder."     -    William Golding      There's hardly ever a day that goes by I don't think about it, but it was twenty years ago this month when John's parents called...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    4 Responses Jul 23, 2011

    Sweet Dreams And Flying Machines (pt 1)

         I was twenty-two and married with one child when I finally took the rather difficult step of joining the Air Force in 1976.  While I never had a particular affinity for anything military (I actively protested the Vietnam war as a teen) I had a real love for airplanes...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Jul 3, 2011

    1952-1972

    Twenty years in the Air Force as a MSG. I was a nondestructive testing technician. I was stationed at Fairchild AFB, Glasgow AFB, Kindley AFB, Tachikawa AFB, George AFB, and Langley AFB where I retired. After my time in the AF I worked in the civil service for the Navy and in...
    Wmrudd Wmrudd
    70+, M
    Jan 27, 2013

    Not Really A War

         It is peculiar to me that what NATO is doing in Libya is stubbornly called anything but a war.  I have had some experience in dropping bombs on somebody else's country.  Call it what you will... but it's another ******* war.
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jul 9, 2011

    Why Not Peace?

         "Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law.  It's nine-tenths of the problem."     -     John Lennon
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    Jul 12, 2011

    Serving In The Air Force

    I served in the U.S. Air Force during the early 90's. I began my enlistment process shortly after the start of Desert Storm, and left for basic the day the ground war officially ended (although hostilities didn't end for many months). After tech school at Keesler Air Force base...
    jeditaz jeditaz
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Nov 11, 2012

    ... They Put A Man On The Moon...

         "If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe."     -     Lord Salisbury      Believe what you want to believe.  As for me and my house... we're gonna play...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jul 22, 2011

    Sweet Dreams And Flying Machines (pt 2)

         From Alaska, the next permanent duty stop was New Hampshire but it was only temporary as the base was closing shortly after we arrived.  In 1990 I was reassigned to a midwest base just in time for the beginning of Desert Shield.  Not long after settling in I was...
    Manorkill1 Manorkill1
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jul 3, 2011
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