I was searching the internet and happened to put in 3428, the name of the US Air Force Squadron at Lowry TTC in Denver, of which I was the Administrative Officer and then the Commander from 1962 - 1965 (as a buzz cut 24 year-old First Lieutenant). The student squadron had between 700 - 800 students at any one time, and a permanent staff of about 9 trainers, admin officers, clerks, First Sergeant and others.
I found some pictures posted from an airman who was in the squadron at the same time I was the commander, about 1964-65.
Anyway, they have a lot of meaning to me, and I thought I might just share them, also in the hopes that others might share some of their past, also.
Here is a picture of the squadron patch which I had designed - we had a contest in the squadron to design this.
And in color - I just found this on EBay where the patch below sold this April of 2011 for $2.25!! Wish I had seen the bidding, I would have bought it.
One day the First Sergeant and I were cruising the base dumpyard, and found a t-38 trainer canopy. We comandeered it, and turned it over, and some of the troops built a wood stand, and - voila - an aquarium in the day room.
I had this fence put up - we found some scrap lumber - to enhance and define our area. I was then told that it did not fit into the base requirements and we had to take it down. Aahh - bureaucracies.
The day room, where the troops (and I) would play pool.
I'm supposed to be the 6th man from the right in the flight cap.
We supported a highly classified mission - requiring a top-secret plus clearance. I thinkit is safe to say now that the troops we supported lived and worked as civilians in some supposedly non-friendly countries in small outposts monitoring atomic expolsions in the USSR.
Vietnam was just starting, and I decided to get out while the getting out was good - in August, 1965. The GI bill paid for my Master's and Doctorate - a good investment!!
Please share some of your past!!