Best Friends When I transferred to McGuire, I got married and lived in Mount Holly, NJ. So I didn't really have any "tight " friends on base.
Best Moment The best moments were having our daughter and son at Walson Army Hospital at Fort Dix, NJ.
Worst Moment The worst moment was when I was Courts Martialed. My flight worked the midnight shift. An airman on the night shift didn't seem too motivated about doing any work: the 781's showed he rarely did anything. So we would be stuck with making up the slack. One night he left his tool box in the flight van and we divided up his tools. We eventually got caught. I thought it was a very serious charge. We ended up having some money taken out of our pay for three months - and I made staff sargent the next go around. As I said in court, "We have our military men and women dying in Vietnam and we're stealing our fellow airmen's tools." I felt very bad about that, for a long time.
Chain of Command Don't remember.
Other Memories What struck me when I arrived at McGuire was the seemingly lack of security. I guess, coming from SAC, was a whole new ball game. I was briefed on the organization and was told I could go out and look around the flight line. I said, " Oh, I don't have my security badge yet. They said, you don't need one..
I also had "culture shock" . At Lincoln we were a very close knit squadron. We wore red baseball hats(98th Bomb Wing color), When on Alert Duty we lived and ate with the officers(flight crews) in the same quarters. On weekends when I wasn't on alert duty or TDY (REFLEX) in England or Spain, I would usually be out working on my B-47 on my own time.The AP's didn't seem too comfortable with me doing that , at first. But they got used to "this weirdo".
But McGuire was a different experience and that's what makes life interesting.