We endeavour to persevere...
Ten years back............ I was at Bombardier Learjet. I retired a few years before then. Most of the Ships and Squadrons I was in are....gone. Passed into history. And I do not claim the current versions of the Argonauts at NAS Lemoore and embarked in USS John Stennis. We were an A-7 outfit then, no plastic. It is not the same. The squadron I was in when I retired is VAQ-140, soon they will transition to the EA-18G from the EA-6B. Plastic is different and doesn't count. The only unit that will be left that I served in is SeaOpDet, Lemoore. I am an original San Joaquin Valley Bastard Stepchild from 1987. Older, maybe wiser, grandfather and cancer survivor. And dc, I got my EAWS in 1986. And just for giggles, I had a lottery number in the last draft. Grad/turned 18 in 1972, we were the last ones to be drafted. They only took 1 through 10. I was holding 343. And I still went in. I am from Havre, Montana. Good reason to run away to sea.
Hello ORPO, always good to have the ground pounders here. I had a friend or two who worked the sewer pipes at VA 304. Back then, I was flying in H-3's that had been built in 1961-65. Sikorsky Iron.I was lucky to have been in rotary wing, but it was luck of the draw since I was an undesignated airman in 1979. They assigned me to HS and that led me to being an Aircrewman.But having runaway to sea twice, I keep the ocean as a ready-bailout option.
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