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RE: Thanksgiving 2020

Missleer?? Or SAC aircrew?? C-130s, RC-135s, airborne cryptographic linguist on recce platforms. Ground site doing the same thing without an airplane. GM
Grey Mountain 12/01/20 03:50am Around the Campfire
Thanksgiving 2020

THANKSGIVING 2020 In another 36 days, I will start my ninth decade on Planet Earth. And today I will celebrate my 80th Thanksgiving Day. As I contemplate Thanksgiving Day, 2020, I remember other Thanksgiving Days around the world, some of which I spent working a shift at a ground site; others, poking holes in the sky in SE Asia, the Baltic, the east Mediterranean... I left the states in 1961, heading for a ground site assignment in “Bavarian Siberia,” Hof, Germany. Since we were a 24/7, 365 days per year, somebody was working on that first Thanksgiving in 1961. May have been me. Spent two tours at that ground site, then the rest of my career poking holes in the sky somewhere around the world. If there was a Thanksgiving Day flight at any of those units, I was on it. While others were enjoying turkey and all the trimmings, I was enjoying a Nr. Two box lunch. But I have no regrets, none whatsoever. I wear a baseball cap that says I am retired Air Force. Many have approached and thanked me for my service. I appreciate that; however, I am thankful that I had the opportunity to serve, to do a job that was meaningful, to meet and establish friendships that have lasted decades. It has been said that those of us in “Our Thing” are unique. I never really thought about that. Just did a job for which I was qualified and highly trained, surrounded by others who were as equally qualified and as equally trained. I always knew each of them had my six, as I had theirs. No one or nothing says it better than this Bill Mahan (GRHS) quote: “We are a group of rapidly aging and steadily disappearing veterans, of a war that was fought with skills and talents not normally associated with the military, nor understood by the general public. Our pride is in accomplishments that are often secret, and memories are about things that happened, but will be officially denied.” - Bill Mahan, 15 June 2008 Thankful? Where to start? Thankful for my God. Thankful for my country. Thankful for comrades who served, and who are still serving. Thankful for having the opportunity to know and work with them, and a slow salute to the many who didn't come back. Thankful for natural family, and my adopted Silent Warrior family. There were no females in the airborne portion of “Our Thing” during my time; however, there are many now filling those positions right alongside the men. Not sure how I feel about that – typical misogynistic male, maybe, but I don't want to see our ladies in danger. Actually, they would handle it quite well, I'm sure. Many already have. I would be remiss if I did not recognize and pay homage to those wives who also “watched and waited.” You know who you are, and I salute you. You deserve the medals and ribbons more than we do. Most of my contemporaries are a bit long in the tooth now, suffering from various health issues, but to a man, all are ready to do it all over. Ready to jump on a plane somewhere in the dark part of the world, fly a mission, thumb our nose at danger...because, as another pundit mused, “My Uniform Still Fits – Someone” And for that, I am thankful. And I am thankful for you.
Grey Mountain 11/29/20 08:36am Around the Campfire
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