Response to Reed

Maybe the great Sisyphean task is trying to keep airmen trained and equipped for war.

We have a long history of some folks pushing the airpower rock almost to the top, then having it roll into the valley of disrepair and dangerous.  The folks who tried to stop the cycle down hill were always run over.  If you were one of those, you were in the good company of folks like Billy Mitchell.  As if anyone could be like him. Maybe we all were … just a little.

The only solution to the airman at bat is to suck it up and push the airpower rock back to the top, not worrying about when its going to roll back.  Because it always does.  This could be the story that never ends.

Still, it is nice to hear from Reed.  It hit 102 on the news, but my gage read 104.  Either way–it was a hot time on top of the Haynesville Shale motherload.

2 Responses to “Response to Reed”

  1. Bob says:

    I have thought about the crash a lot, as I was on Guam for 4 years. I am wondering if they flew the radar into the sea. If the sea state was calm, and they had not flown much low-level then they may have let the system take em down. If they were not disciplined and wanted to get close to the water then the same result.

    I also was in the Liberation day parade in 1984, on a float. Moe Winston met his bride on Guam, and I have great memories of the assignment there.

    I know Bob Wheeler from KI, and another Group CC as my student at Castle. He never understood he went to a 2nd whole training line (washed back) because he needed the time to learn to fly. I recently heard he had stated the “bad guys at Castle” had tried to hold him down. Very disappointing to hear this. The fact is he could not refuel (10 seconds over a double AR) or land.

    When people do not stop and think, hey I was lucky it took the WG CV to give me a second chance, lets help others. But the line that was learned was he triumphed when others tried to stop him. With thinking like that people cannot instruct, because they do not see the real picture. Sad.

    This was not about Bob Wheeler, he was a good guy and I helped train him for Desert Storm. He may have changed, but he was energetic and willing to learn then.

    At ACSC, I was asked once if this (ACSC) was the hardest job I ever had, I said no. The Lt Col almost killed me, until I told her, no matter how poorly I did I would not be a smoking hole on CNN.

    We may never know what they were doing off Guam, but they bet their life on the choice they made. I liked John’s idea the other night have a drink for them. I would rather know how to teach others to be aware and fly safe, and not make a decision where they bet and loose their life.

  2. The Chuck says:

    I guess you had more than your share of guys like that. I remember another officer who claimed you were trying to shut him down but he overcame. When I told you about the story later you said it was the other way around.

    ACSC was a fun job, not a hard job. The hardest part of the job was the people you had to work for. I had never experienced careerism in such a concentration. I almost retired then. I had a job offer from the Mayor of Millbrook.

    I could have retired as a Major with 22 years and taken the Chief of Police job. I don’t know how long that would have lasted but I’d say for certain my life would have been different.

    I’d of missed 4 years at the doctrine center and 6 years of flying — defining chapters in my life. We wouldn’t have this blog or even this conversation if that would of happened.

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