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It was 44 years ago for me as well. Eight years in the AF, all of it in SAC. First hitch was in recon, got some good trips. Second was in flight test on new aircraft then rapid deployment, both good duty a lot of the time. mostly no regrets
USAF 73- 77, 2 years RAF Lakenheath UK TAC good gig. 2 years Ellsworth AFB Rapid City SD, SAC sucked compared to TAC, I understand SAC and TAC are no longer separated. Best thing that happened in Rapid City was meeting and marrying my current wife of 44 years. Oh exploring the Black Hills was good to, but the SAC experience sucked.[/quotI really lucked out, most of SAC was miserable and I happened to get in units that were specialized and mostly left to our own devices to the extent that if we performed well in missions , unit evaluations and war games we were left alone unless something bad happened. I remember hearing the best job in SAC was missel silo grounds keeper. I spent time at RAF Mildenhall, near Lakenheath, when we had missions with the SR71. They soon figured out that once our planes were cocked and loaded we just waited so they would tap into that labor pool to give the A model tanker crews a rest (we were Q models for the SR).I kept my mouth shut and maintained a low profile so when we weren’t flying I would go to roll call and then ease on out the back door, hop on the shuttle and escape. A lot of the time we had forty five minutes to get ourselves on the airplane because we never knew where and for how long it would be gone and as a crew chief I had to go with it. We had to stay at the same places as the officers when the base was full for crew integrity, in case we had to leave quickly. The rest of SAC was not that easy….
Air Force 1986 - 2021, I retire this Saturday. Looking forward to having much more free time! Looking at a V85 as my gift to myself.
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