FIFTY (50) YEARS AGO TODAY!
Three (3) Friends & I (all 4 of us went to Banks High School together in B’ham, AL) were Discharged from The United States Air Force Reserve (Inactive “Delayed Enlistment Program”) that we had been “Sworn Into” in March, 1971. We entered the DEP so the others could Graduate from High School with our “Class Of 71” @ BHS. As for me well that’s a Long Story for another time. BUT I WAS QUALIFIED! That’s ALL that mattered.
Then, We were Immediately, like in just Minutes, “SWORN-IN” to The United States Air Force (Active Duty) at the Induction Center in Montgomery, AL. We were immediately lead/escorted to the Montgomery Airport for a flight, “with connections”, deliverin’ us to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio,TX. This began the First (1st) day of my Four (4) Year Adventure (71′ thru 75′) in The USAF! And the truth is “It was the best thing that ever happened to me”.
About Seven & a half (7 1/2) or Eight (8) weeks we were all fortunate enough to graduate from Basic Trainin’ together & on schedule. Next we all departed for our different Technical Schools. Two (2) of us were lucky enough to be sent to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. That was a LONG Fifteen (15) Hour Bus Ride I’ll never forget! We attended different Career Field Tech Schools but we were allowed to Room together while there. After completin’ my Tech School, ACW Operator #27600, I received orders for Germany, Ramstein AFB, where I spent my one & only Permanent Duty Assignment (of 3 yrs & 8 mos).
After separating from The USAF I tried myself at College. I should’ve thought more about my Educational Past. It didn’t take me Too Long to realize “I wasn’t cut out for College”. For those that know me I put THAT in for YOU! I was fortunate enough to find a Job & A Paycheck at the local (family owned franchise) Caterpillar Equipment Co that lead to a Thirty Three (33) Year Career from which I have now been Retired from for the past twelve (12) years. That was, for me, a wonderful thing. It afforded me & my family many opportunities we might not have been able to experience otherwise.
I sit here this mornin’ “Thinkin’ & Reminiscin’ ” on how those four (4) years changed my life. Yes…For The Best! Traveled a lot the first year & a half. I met & Married my (Military Brat) Bride & Married Her Twice! That’s another Story also. Happily Married now for 46 yrs & 5 mos we have two (2) wonderful & successful Adult Children (an RN & an Attorney), One Wonderful Daughter-In Love, & three (3) adorable Grandchildren. I’m now 69 yrs of age & “Livin’ The Life”…”Hold ‘Em Hook!……BG>