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Grey Mountain

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Posted: 11/29/20 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.


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Posted: 11/29/20 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank You!!!

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Thank you Grey Mountain! I wish I had written that as it expresses my feelings also. [emoticon]
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Posted: 11/29/20 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you Grey Mountain!!!

I don't have the same record of time on earth or Thanksgivings as I haven't started my 7th decade yet.

As a 16 year old I started working a 'Mans' Job...oil rigs and we ran 24/7.
Missed a couple of Thanksgivings due to being 'the worm' (newest/youngest)
Then went in the NAVY were I was 'on shift' in Engine Room or standing Sound/Security Watches during many Holidays. We also poked holes in the sky with our 5", our ASROC and our Tartar Missiles
After the NAVY I spent the rest of my working career as Control Operator in Power Plants working 12hr rotating shifts.....again many Holidays/Anniversaries/Birthdays on shift

This Thanksgiving holds more meaning then ANY in the past.
5 surgeries since Jan (2 Emergency which afterwards Doc told me He had Doubts) so I have be truly BLESSED and am VERY Thankful

2020 has been rough but 2021 has promise!!!
Family/Friends are precious and Health Care Folks are TOPS


Is it time for your medication or mine?


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Posted: 11/29/20 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gray Mountain women pilots served flying in WWII they had a very important job flying the planes from manufacturers to delevery. Your post was very refreshing and I hope you have many more Thanksgivings.

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Posted: 11/29/20 01:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Missleer??

Or


SAC aircrew??

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Posted: 11/30/20 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for your service. Your Birthday was yesterday...but...Happy Birthday.

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Thank you for your service and congrats on the number of turns!

Father in law was on a navy destroyer during Korean War. 4 years ago we took him to our primary campground for their dinner, he loved it and wanted to go back. Unfortunately, that never happened. 3 years ago, he had a stroke right before thanksgiving. 2 years ago, he had a heart attack and cartaroid surgery day after thanksgiving. Last year he passed day after thanksgiving.

This year was a blessing in the sense we were able to enjoy thanksgiving with our oldest daughter. But it was tough remembrance of his passing too.

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Posted: 12/01/20 03:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NJRVer wrote:

Missleer??

Or


SAC aircrew??


C-130s, RC-135s, airborne cryptographic linguist on recce platforms.
Ground site doing the same thing without an airplane.

GM

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