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May 30th, 2003

Eglin AFB, Valparaiso, FL


I have only been to Florida twice; once to go to Disney and the other time was way back in 1980.  Went to train in Eglin AFB; I thought it was neat to share a little about that experience and maybe, just maybe, one of my old squadron mates will see this and have fond memories.  I remember seeing my first armadillo, being with 95 guys and 5 or 6 women (we had our own tent, but everything else was shared).  No showers!  We slept with our M-16's.  We were gassed (I was to find out the day I went if I were pregnant and I was, but they made me go anyway and MADE me go through the gas; I think maybe sometimes that's what happened to my oldest child lol).  We saw and killed a couple rattlesnakes...and they bombed sections of old runway and we had to build new runways, wearing full chemical gear.  It was quite an experience as I recall, with a lot of fun mixed in; the guys did some harmless hazing (you know, makeup on a sleeping guy, shaving cream, carrying a guy out of his bunk with shaving cream, and toilet paper all over him chanting "ROT" which I never knew what that meant (something equal to who-ha or whatever I suppose).  It was a neat experience; but glad I no longer have to do these sorts of things. If any of the CES squadron sees this (from Wurtsmith AFB, MI in 1980), email. 



 Left to Right: 1) Me being helped with my chemical gear 2) Being gassed 3) bombed out hole on runway we have to repair 4) C-135 which we took to get there



Other bases we've lived or visited:

Lackland AFB, TX

Wurtsmith AFB, MI

March AFB, CA

Minot AFB, ND

Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

Langley AFB, VA

Lowry AFB, CO

Grayling Army Base, MI

Norfolk Navy Base, VA

Fort Eustis, VA

Fort Monroe, VA

Little Creek Amphibious Base, VA

Great Lakes Navy Base, IL

US Embassy Muscat, Oman

Barksdale, LA


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