Best Moment Promotion to Staff Sergeant while working the night shift in Bomber Ops - October 1, 1969. The officers on my team cracked open a bottle of Martinelli's sparkling apple cider about 3 a.m. after I switched my chevron stripes from 3 to 4. These guys already knew I got my promotion and I was prouder than hell with this moment when I could call myself a Staff Sergeant.
Worst Moment Too much drinking after work hours - not much else to do when not at the beach.
Other Memories I can't say more than how truly honored I am to have worked with such a fine group of officers in Bomber Ops. We worked the 12 hour shifts (3 day shifts, 3 nights shifts and then 2 days off before we started the same rotation) preparing the flight plans and doing the crew briefings for the various B-52 sorties over Vietnam (and other unmentionable locations). I was the projectionist behind the screen. The officers (these guys) on my team treated me like I was one of them. I sure wish I had kept in contact with them after leaving the Air Force - Col. Ray Nash, Maj. Bill McCarthy, Maj. Fred Kirby, Capt. Walt Brinkman, Capt. Mike... and others. I salute you all. Every time I look at my U-Tapao photos, I'm filled with pride of the work we did and the great friendship we had with one another during that time we served together. If anyone has ever worked with any of these guys in SAC, please drop me a line. Thanks!