Military

What do the troops expect of their leaders?

Back in April 1988, I attended a Non-commissioned officer (NCO) Appointment Ceremony on Buckley Air National Guard Base, near Denver, Colorado.  Enlisted troops were making the transition from senior airman to buck sergeant – newly minted NCOs. I had a special role in the ceremony.  I was asked to be the guest speaker.  I accepted. […]

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How would you like your hair cut son?

In my upcoming book, “Perception is Reality … and other things I learned at Officer Training School” I talk about the basic training haircut ritual.  I traveled all the way to Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio,Texas – back in Oct 1981 – to get my head shaved!  I remember it like it was […]

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The Origin of ANZAC Day

Many years ago, while stationed at Woomera, South Australia, as a member of the US Air Force, I wrote an article about ANZAC Day and it appeared in the local paper. With ANZAC Day 2016 fast approaching, I thought it may be appropriate to dust it off and share it with any folks out there […]

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P-40 vs Zero: Dogfight over China.

I remember many years ago while working in the Aero-Propulsion Laboratory at Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio listening to a man telling war stories; real war stories – sit up in your chair and hang onto every word – war stories. It was in the early 1990s.  The audience was packed in like […]

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Politics and the Birth of the F-111 Aircraft

“Hey Dave, did I ever tell you the story about how they chose the contractor for the F-111?”  asked Gus my co-worker at the Flight Dynamics Laboratory Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.  I was working at the lab during the summer of 1986 between my junior and senior year at Ohio State. The […]

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