(and subsequent civil employ)
3 January 1951 – 1 July 1978
3 Jan 1951: Sworn into the USAF @ Cleveland,
Ohio…… took a train to Lackland AFB, Texas with several other
recruits. Lived in tents for about 30 days.
Feb –May 1951:
Supply School, Lowry AFB, Colorado. Finished basic training while
awaiting entry into an 8 week course in AF Supply. Mid March to mid May attended Supply school on the “C”
shift……6 PM to Midnight, six days a week…
Involved breakfast at lunch time, lunch at
supper time, and supper at 1230 AM….
81st Fighter Wing, Larson AFB, WA (81st
Supply Squadron). Training ground for Moon visitors.
Aug 1951-Sep 1954:
81st Supply Squadron, RAF Station Bentwaters, Suffolk,
England. Warm beer, fish and chips, darts, two daughters, and rough and
6 Oct ’54 – 6 Jan ’55:
Early Out….89 day break in service. Many jobs. All low paying.
Mr. Eisenhower's recession.
Back to the open arms of the USAF.
6 Jan ’55 – mid Dec 1957:
The Air Base Group, Griffiss AFB, N.Y. A new son and T/Sgt
stripes in August 1955. A 6 month TDY to Ernest Harmon AFB, Stephenville,
Newfoundland, ended in
early December 1957 with
notification to report to Lackland for OCS.
Dec ’57 – Jun 20, 1958:
Participated in Officer Candidate School, Lackland AFB, TX., Class
58-B, Thundering Third Squadron.
July ’58 – Jul ’59:
705th AC & W Squadron, Remote, King Salmon AFS,
Alaska. Held eleven
different jobs simultaneously. Primarily
Base Fuels Officer; also Provost Marshal, Base Security Officer, Club
Officer, Postal Officer, Salvage Officer, Class A Pay Agent, BOQ-VOQ,
Fund Council, Disposal Officer, CAP Liaison Officer, BX Officer, Salvage
Officer, and also ran the official Drill team that greeted visiting
Dignitaries….. (VIP Fishermen).
Being a 2/Lt can be a busy rank. Also served as river guide and
VIP escort during fishing season.
Fished with Jimmy Doolittle, Under Secretary of the Air Force
McIntrye, and assorted dignitaries…..Mary Martin, and sundry
performers stopped to see us, but never for very long.
Jul ’59 – Jun ’63:
Base Fuels Officer, 354th TAC Fighter Wing (Supply
Attended Squadron Officer School, Class 61-C.
Served as Project Officer for the service test of the AF/E32-R2
Air Transportable Hydrant Fueling System later adopted into the AF
inventory. Tour extensively to Panama, The Congo, Florida.. during the
Cuban Crisis, and elsewhere in the world proving this proto type system.
Jun 63 – Jul ’67:
13th Air Force Fuels Officer, Clark AB, Philippines.
Involved in developing base fuels capabilities in Viet Nam, Thailand,
Taiwan, Australia, and also in New Zealand, in support of special
Jul ’67 – Feb ’69: Headquarters, Strategic
Air Command, Offutt AFB., Neb. Staff
Feb ’69 – Feb ’70:
Advisor to Hqs VNAF, Tan San Nhut AB, RVN. Lived with the wee folk…..envied
my brothers in the real AF.
Feb ’70 – Jun ’73: Hqs USAF, Pentagon.
Air Staff Fuels Officer
Jun ’73 – Jun ’76: Procurement Officer,
Defense Fuels Supply Center, Cameron Station, Virginia……. 6 miles
down the road from the Pentagon…. was given $0.42 travel pay for the
PCS move…… Had to go to Bolling AFB 35 miles distant to pick up the
check and PCS Orders. Figures.
Jun ’76 – 1 Jul 1978: Chief, Air Force Fuels
Worldwide Technical Assistance Team, Kelly AFB, Tx.
1 July 1978:
Retired from the USAF with 27 years, 2 months, and 27 days active
duty……didn’t stay 30 because I didn’t want to make it a
1 June 1978 -
September 1982: Chief of Operations,
Supply, and Transportation, Amoriet Petroleum Company, Laguna Niguel,
California. Bought, sold, traded, shipped, terminaled
bulk fuels and distillates …primarily in California, but often
involved foreign cargoes.
October 1982 – December 1988: Supply Operations, British Petroleum North America, San
Pedro, California. Same as above, but on a grander scale.
December 1988 – December 1992: Industrial Sales Manager, Pacific Northwest, British
Petroleum, Edmonds, WA.
Sales area included Alaska, Western Canada, Washington, Oregon,
Idaho, and California south to, and including, Bakersfield, California.
December 1992: Leaped forth into retirement for
the third time…..moved to Kerrville, Texas.
Taxpayer and casual observer of the passing scene.