Archive for November, 2007

New CDRS list

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Take a look at these. You will recognize a few names.

CY08 CAF RATED SQUADRON COMMANDER SELECTS!

Name Current Location
BORTREE JAMES R (9 AF)
CHAMBERLAIN TYRELL A (Pentagon)
DENEHAN KIERAN T (AETC-SAASS)
DILDA MICHAEL L (STRATCOM)
ELY MARK R (AFPC)
GEISSLER GORDON M (USAFE)
HUMPHREYS LANE R (49 TES/DO)
JENKINS HENRY C JR (28 TES/DO)
LUNGER DAVID A (USAFWC)
MATTHEWS PATRICK S (96 BS/CC)
MCMANUS MICHAEL S (23 BS/DO)
PATSCHKE GREGORY M (36 EWS/DO)
ULLMAN AARON L (2 OSS)
VANDENBUSSCHE JEFFREY L (96 BS/DO)

November entry- Johnboy

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Hey guys, soory for not writing earlier, but the site would not let me in! But it is all squared away now! November has been eventful and great. School is out for Thanksgiving and X-mas holidays are around the corner, so that is somethinf to look forward to! I had a couple of medical issues but nothing big.  My fault , of course! I am training for the Myrtle Beach marathon in Feb. and was on a leisurely (not) 20 mile run with a buddy and around mile 13 started to feel bad.  Well I gutted it out and when I got home felt worse…nausea, rapid heart rate, etc.  Make a long story short, after a trip to the emergency room ($1200 dollars) I was just severly dehydrated. So word to the wise: drink plenty of fluids before you run for a long time!! My wife was pretty pissed at me (and worried since she was in shreveport) so now I have to drink 1 gallon of water a day or the boss will kick my ass!

We just had our first HQ AFOATS inspection and it went well. Just a few minor gliches in the area of logistics.  Ya gotta be a loggy, personnel weenie and finance geek to do a good job in AFROTC! They go through your books like a UCI and you better have your shit together! So I guess I have a job for another couple of years! Our sister school in Orangeburg didn’t do so well and tehy are on the verge of being shut down. The money is tight and there are plenty of schools out there wanting a unit!

It has been great reading all the comments about teh nuke issues.  I have been in contact with Tom Hestermann the current 20th /CC.  He used to be my co-pilot in the 62nd when I was in stan-eval.  Good guy.  We are haveing a partnership with his squadron so that when they deploy, our Cadets will send  the folks cards and CARE packages to help out.  We are doing teh wsame thing with Cadet Squadron 11 at the Air Force Academy. Hopefully it will make their lives a little better! 

Well guys, have a great rest of the week and I will be on board for next month!!

Cheers

JB

Redneck Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Definitely have to work at this.Redneck Tree

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in this home did live. I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind. For this house was different, it was dark and dreary.  I knew this was the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone, curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home. The face was so gentle, the room in such order, not how I pictured a United States soldier. Was this the hero of whom I’d just read? Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed? I realized the families that I saw this night, owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight. Soon round the world, the children would play, and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day. They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year, because of the soldiers, like the one lying here. I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home. The very thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees and started to cry. The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice, “Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice; I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more, my life is my God, my Country, my Corps.”

The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep, I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep. I kept watch for hours, so silent and still and we both shivered from the cold night’s chill.  I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark, night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure, whispered, “Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas day, all is secure. One look at my watch, and I knew he was right. “Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.

Anonymous

Musharraf Needs to Stay

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Recent headlines give the impression that Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf is a bad guy who suppresses his people and disrupts the legal system of a peaceful nation.  Our state department appears to be pressuring him to relinquish his power and allow the good people of Pakistan to elect new popular rulers in a spirit of democracy.  To me, all that brings back memories of 1979, when the Jimmy Carter-led government put enough pressure on the terminally ill Shah of Iran that he surrendered power to the people in what was once our greatest ally in region, even more so that Israel was.  The bloody mess that followed needs little review to anyone much over 30.

For those younger, here it is in brief.  A global, fundamentalism movement grew out the popular rebellion in Iran.  It directly led to the deaths of thousands of Persians, Arabs, Americans, and just about every group of people who do not agree with them.  The religious foundation of the Pakistanis is quite similar to that of the folks who took power in Iran back in 1979.  One glaring difference is that Pakistan is a nuclear power.

Following 9/11, Musharraf had a choice to make.  He decided to cooperate with the United States, even though a majority of the people in his country sided with the terrorists targeted by the US for attack.  Had he gone the other way, the US would have had to resort to employing our own nuclear weapons to subdue them, because we were going to Afghanistan either way.  Musharraf saved his people from themselves, and has remained a loyal friend of the US ever since.

That is not to say the Pakistani people follow his leadership because they are our friends.  Talk to any B-52 aviator who flew missions against Afghanistan.  If you’re polite enough, they’ll tell you about the anti-aircraft fire coming at them from Pakistan positions during their ingress and egress over “friendly” territory.  Altitude is another loyal friend of the bomber crew dog.

In a civilized world, international relationships are dealt with based on the policies and decisions made by established governments, not the prevailing popular opinion of the population.  This paradigm allows for the US to wage war against governments as opposed to killing everyone who lives in a country that has provoked us to violence.  If you consider human life to be valuable, it really is a better way to solve our differences.

Traditionally the US avoids getting too involved in the inner workings between the governments and population inside their countries.  When a government crosses a certain level of unacceptable behavior, we usually respond with a combination of political, economic, or even military influence.  The most obvious recent exception to that has been China, but that is another subject, so lets get back to Musharraf.

Musharraf recently declared emergency rule in Pakistan, shut down their media, and fired the Supreme Court justices.  If we simply mirror-image those decision into our lives, it seems easy to label Musharraf as a bad guy.  However, mirror-imaging is one of the great errors when it comes to judging the actions of others.

In our country, the check and balances between the three branches of government and an open and free press, no matter how slanted they might be from time to time, are held up as pillars of a free society.  All of that is made possible by the Constitution.  James Madison said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  That’s why mirror-imaging doesn’t work.

Musharraf won the democratic election in Pakistan.  However the Pakistani Supreme Court refused to acknowledge his victory on the grounds that he is disqualified because he is still wearing a military uniform.  It is interesting that a lot of US media joined the Pakistani media to support the view of the Pakistani Supreme Court, especially when they seem to care so little about Syrian president Bashar Assad who basically inherited his Axis of Evil position or the boisterous outspoken anti-American Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.  Many US editors prefer to broadcast news that assaults the leaders of governments that are our allies in the Global War on Terrorism.  The American people could fix that quickly by refusing to consume or support the sponsors of so-minded media.  As it is, until the taste of the American people change, those editors will provide news they believe is financially fruitful to them. 

In Pakistan, it is not uncommon for courts to order women to be raped as punishment for the crimes of their male relatives.  One bizarre charge against Musharraf is based on his promotion of the Women’s Protection Bill, which would punish the act of rape, instead of using it as punishment against women for being related to criminals.  It is obvious that the Pakistanis are not like Americans.  They need a shepherd with an iron-staff to keep them from following the bad example of the poor company they’ve been associating with. 

With enough faith in humanity’s potential, you might see a time when the Pakistani people may morally evolve to the point where their unbridled passions will be suppressed by a changed heart.  However, until that time comes, we can be thankful that they have General Pervez Musharraf in command.  It just makes sense.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Let me be the first to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for all the many wonderful Crewdog memories we have shared.

Position Info

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Sorry the file is on this postpd-bomber2007-6-nov-07.doc

Link 16 Bomber type position

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Anybody looking for a job. Attached is an announcement for a contractor position at Hanscom. I
believe it’s with SAIC.

11 Nov Ponch

Monday, November 12th, 2007

All,Happy Veterans Day all.  Still hard to think of myself as a veteran.  I remember folks like Steve Moore and Donny Paragoy talking about going to the VFW and drinking nickel beer.  I found it hard to dismiss the mental picture of old fogies with grey beards and lost limbs telling stories about “WW-Vietnam”.  Now I look like the old fogy (no beard) grey haired and willing to match stories with anyone who will listen about “WW-Iraq” ….Although not at the VFW…yet.  Chuck, I think wearing ones medals would add to the deranged fogy look that Hollyweird loves to smear on people who answered the higher calling to serve.  Along with James I mourn the nation that forgets the sacrifices made by our brothers in arms and even worse, views them as patsies and dupes who were fooled into military service by those smarter then the rest of us.  A new movie by Robert Redford just opened with that very theme.  I’m somewhat heartened in that the attendance to this outrage is relatively low, and that the hollywierd bunch stands to loose some cash for attempting such a lie.   Alas they seem to have endless supplies of money to blow.  Chuck maybe you can pry some away from them by writing scripts.  The fools here seem to think that their writing skills are underappreciated and are on strike.  Seem they think that America will fold and collapse if they are not there every night supplying the world with the crap that comes out of actors and so-called
Celebes mouths on moronic talk shows. Hope the strike last a long, long, long time;-)  Not much happening here to talk about.  We just hired a new guy fresh out of the Air Force.  His name is Steve Walden.  I didn’t even get to ask him if he was related before he asked me if I knew a Steve Walden at KBAD.  He said he was not related but that he and Waldo have had cross e-mails for years and that they have talked on the phone several times trying to get it figured out.  Small world thing again.  He says he knows lots of Buff guys so we will have to do the old fogy thing here and tell war stories…again.  Andy I’m jealous of the duck hunt.  Wish I was there…although you look like your hang’n with a pretty tough crowd…all backwoodsy and the like.    I never was real comfortable wadding around in those swamps up to my chest in black water.  Especially when a few short weeks before there were alligators swim’n in the same spots.  For those of you that haven’t done it, most of the wadd’n around goes on in the dark… well before sunrise in stuff you would not normally even think of gett’n into if it was daylight.  Stumbling over big alligator like stuff on the bottom was creepy… let alone get’n snagged on something that puts holes in the wadders….eeewwww!! Shoot’n at the ducks was fun though.  We had our monthly star party this week end and the night sky held a beautiful surprise for all.  A comet that normally never gets bright enough to be seen even in telescopes, exploded into a brilliant display.  The word must have gotten out cause we had a huge crowd of folks who wanted to have a look.  It was and still, is a spectacular sight.  Best to all until next month! 

Reed 

11 Nov – Been an Honor…

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Watched “Band of Brothers”, all ten episodes, “We were Soldiers Once”, and “The Patriot” over the last three weeks…gives special meaning to the word “Vet”.

Heather was a stand-in for Susan Sarandon down in Baton Rouge and so I went along, this was during the transition to the new job.  Anyway, I went on into New Orleans to look around.  The D-Day Museum was closed but I went on further down to the Chalmette Battlefield, 1812 otherwise known as the Battle of New Orleans. 

 Battle of New Orleans, 1812Chalmette Battlefield, New Orleans, 1812

Next door to the field was the Chalmette National Cemetery that is still open, but to a little number due to it’s size – very small.  Estabilshed in May 1864, the nice folks of New Orleans set it aside to bury the Union soldiers during the Civil War.  From what I understand, they did not want any Union soldiers bury inside city limits.  I saw vets from just about every war there; the Spanish-American War, WWI & WWII, and Korean.  There are four American who fought in the War of 1812 are buried here, but only one from them took part in the Battle of New Orleans.  The latest vets to be buried there are from Vietnam War.

Just as you James, I wondered if anyone passed by to mourn, pay their respects or even give thanks for their service…

Chalmette National CemeteryChalmette National Cemetery

Its good to reflect on where we have been and the sacrifices made on our behalf today. 

The new job is going nicely…no stress other than what shall I work on today.  I was able to finish that He-111!  It turned out pretty good, so I decided to pull out a Ju-87 Stuka to build next.

He-111He-111He-111

Went duck hunting this weekend, and Reed they were thick!  (Opening day was Saturday) Six of us waded out into the swamps and bayous of Barksdale and we were one duck shy of our limit – all wood ducks.  Clayton came this time and after shooting his, went up on the banks to catch some sleep while the rest of us continued to shoot.  As we were picking up the decoys, I must of snagged my waders pretty good, because the next thing I felt was the cold water rushing into the boots.  Working on them now to repair them for the next hunt.  In the meantime, I used Clayton’s today since he had to work.  We went back to the same area and scored again.  Deer season opens on the base this coming weekend and then back to ducks on Thanksgiving.  Anyway, it was a great time hunting.

Here’s some pics to enjoy…

The HuntersDad & Son

Until next time, it’s been an honor serving with all of you and if someone hasn’t said so, thank you for your service!

 Andy

11 Nov 07 – James

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re having a good Veteran’s Day.   Spent a few days in DC last week visiting a friend who was attending a convention.  Saw the WWII memorial on the mall.  It is very nicely done.  I especially liked the bas-reliefs.  Walked Arlington National Cemetery and found the grave of an airman who was in my ASOS squadron at Fort Stewart.  He always led us in PT and was the epitome of gung ho.  After becoming an enlisted terminal air controller and going through all the Army schools he could (Airborne, Air Assault, etc.), he left the AF, joined the Army and learned to fly OH-58Ds.  He was shot down by small arms fire in 2005 and now rests in Section 60.  I’ve been to Arlington many times, but never saw anyone I knew while they were alive.  It was a moving experience especially since there were several people in the same area standing over their family member’s or friend’s graves.  It made me realize that all of those graves in Arlington once had people mourning over them. 

 Went to the Air and Space Museum on the mall as well as the annex near Dulles.  If you’re reliant on public transportation to get to the Dulles annex as I was, the easy way to go is take the bus from L”Enfant Station to Dulles and then get on the VRTA bus to the Museum.  That will cost you only $7.00 round trip and saves a lot of time.  The annex was exceptional and I particularly liked the Enola Gay display.  At the Air and Space Museum on the mall, Space Ship One is hung next to the Spirit of St. Louis.  I remember watching its record setting flight into Space at the scheduling desk in the 11th with Reed. 

A few weeks ago Lynn and I met her sister and husband in Atlanta to attend the Nascar race.  What an experience!  We all had a great time and enjoyed the race.  One neat aspect of the race was that the flyover was done by a B-52 from Minot. 

I’m still anxiously awaiting confirmation that my daughter Sarah will actually graduate on 14 Dec.  I’ve heard horror stories from other parents who made expensive arrangements to attend a graduation ceremony and then find out that their child didn’t pass a class or for some other reason didn’t graduate.  I’m fairly sure graduation will happen though.

Hope everyone is doing well.

James

11 November 2007 – The Chuck

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

The Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, thus bringing World War I to a close. Between the wars, November 11 was remembered as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France. After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.   So happy Veterans Day, ya’ll.

 Here’s a link to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs:

http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1411

Gordon Mansfield, the acting secretary of the VA urges all veterans to wear their decorations on this day.  It is a one-year old tradition of wearing the decorations on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and “other patriotic holidays and events.” 

 Ironic that the Air Force culturally discourages officers from wearing their decorations . . . I have to admit that somewhere after 25 or so years of service, the decorations became more of a chore . . . and the VA encourages us to wear them after we retire.  I haven’t decided if I’ll do it or not . . . it might clash with my tweed herringbone jacket with the leather elbow pads.

 Speaking of the VA, I’m in the process of a congressional inquire into my status with the rating board.  They got tired of answering my emails, so I asked a congressman and couple of senators to see if they could find out something for me.  Today commemorates the 453rd day since the VA first apologized in writing to me for the delay.  At least it makes for interesting musing, I’ve written a short story for a contest, but I’m afraid that nobody will believe the plot is realistic . . . the VA can’t really take that long to review a claim.  First prize is $3000.  Writers write.

 Speaking of writing.  The Air Force Times has told me that my article, critical of General Newton’s report, will be in Monday’s edition.  Read it if you have a chance.  I have a problem believing that I’m the only person that noticed this.  I suspect the article will generate some discussion.

I’ve had a little trouble with the base hospital, the good part is that I’ve been referred to a specialist downtown.  The bad part is that she’s the only endocrinologist that takes Tricare and she’s booked until May.  I’m hoping she gets a cancellations before then, or at least can undo some of the trouble with the base provisions . . . at least I don’t have to worry about being DNIF . . .

 The Mist comes out on 21 November.  If you see me in the movie, you get a free post on this blog . . . or you can just post on the Blog either way.  It’s a Frank Durabont film based on the Steven King’s 1981 novella.  Folks are trapped in a small New England town when something wierd happens and a thick mist settles in over everything . . . the spooky part is that something is in the mist, and it’s not nice.  Here’s a link to more information about the making of the movie . . .

http://www.myspace.com:80/themistextras

My prayer for each of you is that you are encouraged by the celebrations and compliments you hear today.  I lift up each of you today my fellow veterans, my band of brothers.

 The Chuck