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from previous guests of dubious character and moral standards! View
at your own risk and if you want to add any comments of your own, just click
below to signz the book. Stop by anytime and say something about yourself,
so visitors will know!
Comments about the web site: just a vet looking for pics
Comments about the web site: I cannot say enough about this site.
As I was looking through the photos I remembered great memories that I will
cherish for the rest of my life. Keep up the good work.
Comments about the web site: Andria and I met Mike & Jill (Mac
& Jane, Buddy and the kitty's too) in Yuma, AZ around the 22nd of Dec.
2003. We were all gathered down there to spend the holidays w/ parents,
grandparents and family. We privately voted them "The Couple We Thought It
Would Be Cool To Hang Out With", well, it's out now. Even tho Jill didn't
do a second runway walk with her new chaps, I was late to Happy Hour that
day and didn't get to see them. I did hear tho, that she prefers "Going Commando"
when wearing or modeling them!! HeHe, Hope to see you guys again sometime
Comments about the web site: Had a good time at CMSgt(Ret) Huddleston's
on New Years Day..Looks like it might be his last is the San Antonio Area.
Comments about the web site: Change of e-mail address. Looking to
get in contact with Dale Huddleston!!
Comments about the web site: I hope everyone had a great new years!
I sure did, especially at Hud's DZ new years day eating black eyed peas and
ham sandwiches. Once again to Sgt Mac, great site! Andy
Comments about the web site: Got a letter from Gene Adcock who tracked
me down. I was CCT 1962 till 1978. Now retired ,(in 1989), and living in
the UK. If anyone is interested I can be contacted at the above e-mail address.
Comments about the web site: I see you have updated the site. The
new photos look great. I think you should charge some sort of fee for all
the work you do keeping us all together. Let me know what you need.
Comments about the web site: Hey all NICE SITE :D. Would just like
to say that i am currently a senior in high school and I am going into CCT
right after high school. P.S= All cct's past,and present i greatly admire
what u guys do and respect you all totally and wish to join the community
in the near future :D
Comments about the web site: What a site! I worked radio maintenance
at LRAFB with Bill Sink, Jimmy Moffet, Les Carter, Doug Kimme(we hunted together
a lot),Boston Stanton, Roland Brim, Bob Azeltine, John Butler, "C.W." Crenshaw,
Steve Horvath, Jose Felieu, John Scanlon, John Lebold and many others my
old mind has forgotten. I believe Steve Polofka was our supply guy then.
Great to see and hear that so many are still kicking and drinking.
Comments about the web site: 24STS Radio Maint 1989-1998
Comments about the web site: Was looking for some fishing tips on
your web site and ran across and old friend that left a message. Thank you
Gene for finding Bob Farmer. This is what Mac's site is all about. Bob you
already got an email coming from me. Let's go Fishing.
Comments about the web site: It was great seeing pictures of my father
Dick West. Thank you for that. I am currently an A1C at Nellis.(A-10 specialist)
Yes I'm a 25yr old airmen but better late than never. Again thank you. Dick
Comments about the web site: Some of the best memories I have originated
in just a few short years at McChord. TB, GE, PD, the list goes on- great
people doing great things. Thanks for putting this web site together, it
is a great source in my effort to relive some of the memories and connect
with life long friends. Ly
Comments about the web site: LM201. Love the Website! I just missed
making the reunion and I deeply regret it. Seeing the pictures brought back
many memories. Keep up the Great Work!!
Comments about the web site: Hey Mac, I was just passing through,
enjoying the comments, and I decided I had better check in. FYI: I’ve
had nine surgeries since the accident and I think they finally are finished.
I’m walking unaided now, but still in pain. Take care and keep up the
Comments about the web site: Does anyone remember Charlie Rose 63-67
if so please send me some recollections as to how he used to be. He is so
cool and reserved it makes me sick, send me some gossip on dear ole dad...thanks
Comments about the web site: Attending Air War College at Maxwell,
Montgomery Alabama until early June 04. Don't know where to from here, but
Comments about the web site: Short and sweet. In Maryland for a few
weeks, hope to be in AZ for some time, with my luck it will be mid summer
before I get there. Still into the Fiber engineering but willing to consider
any GOOD job if someone knows of one. Trying to figure if the cruise is possible,
will know more in 2-3 weeks. Will be in touch JD & Rita
Comments about the web site: I just scanned through your latest rambling.
Thanks for including the piece about my father. He was a Seabee in WWII.
I had the honor of sitting with a WWII Seabee at the CCA 50th Reunion Dinner
– Dale Morgan. He was one of our earlier Combat Controllers. Anyway,
about a year ago I was visiting with my dad, in Ohio, and I had a chance
ask him about some of his experiences during the war. I wrote them all down.
He was pretty lucky because he wasn’t ever in any heavy fighting. For
his 80th birthday one of my sisters organized a “memory” book for
him. She contacted all of his old friends and our relatives. Everyone sent
a little something for the book. I was able share his stories with everyone.
They really mean a lot to me. I’ll always cherish that time with him.
I believe that it was our last, really good conversation together.
Comments about the web site: I was told about this CCT web site last
night and had the opportunity to look at some of the photos on it. My dad
was on the teams at Little Rock in the late '70's and McChord in the 80's.
His name is Clark Alberty. I don't know if you ever knew him but the CCT
was a huge part of his life. He passed away in January of 1989 and was CCT
until the end.
If there is any other information or web-site information you could forward
to me I would really appreciate it. Thank You and Take Care, Karen (Alberty)
Comments about the web site: Mac, your site brought tears to my eyes.
I would love to send PI CCT pictures. Give me an address. Leo Fuller
888-513-9841, ext 1 P.O. Box 11755 San Bernardino CA 92423 P.S.: My case
will be heard one day. I want my good name back. I have a hard time dealing
with the fact that candy-assess like fagerson, and the like, took it away
in the first place. Signed, Not bitter aka hungry for justice
Comments about the web site: Once again hi from Australia. Al Huddleston
sent me some of the pictures of the reunion. Interestingly I did recognise
some of the faces, but they look so much older!! or is that all of us? Rich
Quigley has seemed to age very well. I have tried to contact him through
the email but for some reason have been unable. I think the web site is fantastic
and I wish that I had been able to attend the reunion just to have a couple
of beers and shoot the shit. I have retired now after 21 years with the
Australian Army and then 9 years with the South Australia Police as the manager
of the Speed Camera Unit. I wish I had made this move years ago. My wife
and I are enjoying chance to travel around this large country of ours. Thanks
for the opportunity to keep in touch. Regards Lou
Comments about the web site:
Comments about the web site: This is the first time I've been on site
with this e-mail address. I am CCT Association life member #0345. Mac, I
spoke with you at reunion (the big one) in Ft. Walton Beach last September.
Thanks for creating and running this site. All the best.
Comments about the web site: CCT member 1965 thru 1981. Joe is currently
undergoing a battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. He did well during
first round of chemo but he is losing ground slowly. His CCT team at Langley
AFB won the Coronet Shamrock competition in 1973. He making arrangements
to have the Trophy sent to Gene Adcock so other CCT members can enjoy the
trophy. Thanks all, Terrie Klauser
Comments about the web site: hey all nice site. Lookin forward to
going cct. A messageboard/forum would be great imo :D thanks!
Comments about the web site: Mac, It was great seeing everyone at
the reunion. I look forward to going again.
Comments about the web site: Thanks for signing my guest book and
Visiting CCT SMS Andre Guillet's Memorial website. Just in case you didn't
visit the latest investigation page, here it is:
http://www.andreguillet.com/summary81stJFA.html The crash coordinates
have been wrong for 37 years and all the previous investigation have been
in the wrong spot. It may be many years from now before the site is revisited
and possibly excavated. Paul
Comments about the web site: Hi Mac, Just browsing thru for an update.
Reading your latest letter and noticed Buddy Bowden's name. Tell Him hello.
We were together at EAFB in the 60's. Sam
Comments about the web site: I'm 22 and am a firefighter in the AF.
I am currently training to crosstrain into CCT. It's the only way that I
can imagine living my life. My little bro is just as nuts and is joining
the AF and he's deticated on becoming a CCT too. Any advise, feel free to
drop me a line. "I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, I'm all out
of gum". Much Respect
Comments about the web site: Finishing up Air War College (as LtCol
Swisher) at Maxwell AFB. No assignment yet, but rumors put us at JCS at the
Pentagon. Kids are both grown. Oldest daughter has 3 grandkids for us (Abby
5, Caleb 3, and Brody 1). Youngest daughter due with first this June. Brenda
still hanging onto to me after almost 25 years. Love to hear from some of
the guys. Swish
Comments about the web site: Im the proud dad of a son who just graduated
from ccs on march 26th!!! I also have another son who is going to bmt this
april and hopefully will start the pipeline soon.
Comments about the web site: Graduated from CCS on March 26th and
I'm leaving for AST on April 3,2004!!! HOO YA!!!!!
Comments about the web site: Hearty Hoo-Ya to all you CCT's out there,
past and current. I am Navy Chief Petty Officer Mixed-Gas Deep Sea Diver
Will Stegall. Dave Netterville is my first cousin and told me to check out
Sar'ent Mac's website. You guys have got a tremendous heritage that is often
unknown. Fantastic website Sar'ent Mac! If this ol deep sea divin' squid
can ever help out the only "Alfa" males in the damn "Chair Force", let me
know! Dive safe and dive often! CPO Will Stegall
Comments about the web site: A great site. I was thrilled to see a
photo of one of my old teammates: TSgt Charles N. Abee. Hope you add some
more stuff in the future. I’m sure I’ll be back.
Comments about the web site: CCT 1956-1960, Pope AFB, NC with Eddy
Marion, George MacLean, Bob Antle, Bob Lanier, Eddy Robbins, Bill Winters,
Deacon Jones, Jose Jones and lots of others. Some still with us and others
dearly departed. Keep up the good work, I look at the site often and remember
all the good times.
Comments about the web site: Well Mac--I finally joined!!!you got
me--be aware that I'm more active on the OUTER NET than the internet--I was
in Combat Control in 56/57/58--@ Sewart--got caught up in a RIFT--became
a LEG in the tower @ WrightPat--Had never seen parallel runways till then---been
a member of CCA since 86---enjoy and attend all the Reunions--looking forward
to BNA in April and FWB next Sept! Bill
Comments about the web site: Greetings to all my old teammates and
Comments about the web site: Mac, Once again, viewing your site has
brought back many memories, thanks and hoo-yaa. Sincerely, AZ
Comments about the web site: scuse me -not cct but associated with
them and combat weather troops for a couple of years-have a couple of stories
i would like to tell,but cant seem to find a method- HELP- I think the stories
are worth hearing-from late 60s
Comments about the web site: Everything is good in San Antonio. We
will all miss Chief Huddleston as he is off for Europe. We will eagerly
anticipate his arrival back to San Antonio after a few years of following
Chief Huddleston (the other Chief). Looking forward to Chief Browns retirement
golf tourney the beginning of June. For all those brothers in the middle
east, Stay Safe and Thanks for all you are doing.
Comments about the web site: Thanks for visiting my site! I had a
peak at yours, great dedications and pictures lots of fun. Thanks again Anita
Comments about the web site: I am a 60s entertainer and entertainment
agency, working out of the United Kingdom. 2004 is my fortieth year in showbiz.
Comments about the web site: Hey, Mac! Great bar! Thanks a million
for putting our "Kerry Lied" link on your site. Keep the faith and don't
commit the reserve! Bucky Burruss
Comments about the web site: Was assigned to the 5th Aerial Port Squadron
Donaldson AFB South Carolina in December 1953 after being transfered from
the 1 st Aerial Port Squadron At Donaldson.Would love to go up in a C-119
just one more time.Great web page
Comments about the web site: Like the site very much
Comments about the web site: great site Sarge. Cheers for signing
Comments about the web site: Mac, you can add my name to the minion
of admirers of your site! I have visited here many times but never got around
to signing your damn book till now! Was in CCT 65 thru 68 and was stationed
at Travis and Mactan. Made the reunion for the first time last year and it
was just great! Got to see some folks that I hadn’t seen in over 35
Comments about the web site: X-parachutist (798 FF, 340 SL ), X-Air
Traffic Control Sup-ervisor, X-FAA Master Parachute Rigger. CCT: 1956 -1976,
on 1st CCT Combat Jump ( VN ), Presented with Gold VN & Standard German
Parachutist Badges. My time in CCT was like a John Wayne movie & we were
the stars. I loved it. Presently I work some & fish lots. Instead of
HALO I LAYLO.
Comments about the web site: Hi Mac, I hate spam mail but I couldn't
stay away from your bar. Please put me back on your mailing list. -Art
Comments about the web site: Mac it was great to meet you and the
other brothers at Nashville.Member of CCT 64/68,retired from BellSouth 2001.See
you in September
Comments about the web site: Aloha Mac, signing the book again. nothing
special to say tonight ! Later.....
Comments about the web site: this is an awesome site. hopefully with
some hard work and finishing the pipeline my pic can be on here someday.
keep up the good work.
Comments about the web site: I AM ALIVE AND WELL AND WORK EVERY DAY.
HAVE NOT HAD MUCH CONTACT WITH ANY CONTROLLERS IN A LONG TIME. HOPE TO SEE
ALL OF YOU AT THE NEXT RENION.
Comments about the web site: I've been doing something other than
the CCT norm for the last 25 years+-. I've had occasional contact but the
50th reunion really was a wake up for me. It is a great (the best) association
of loyal friends, a family that everyone can be proud of. Yes, there are
alot of the old guard out there but there are also alot of the young guns
who are doing an outstanding job in today's world. I'd like to see more of
them. I continue to serve with the Anchorage Fire Department and although
I could retire, I still show up for my duties. The AFD like CCT is comprised
of great people who go out of there way to make the job worth doing and life
worth living. Wishing the best to all in everything you do...John and Silvia
Comments about the web site: Live in SUN Diego and Tecate, Baja
California, working hard on my 60-acre ranch in Tecate. I'm impressed with
the salute to Scott Sather, he was my troop when he was still green under
the gills back in the O'l days of Alconbury and JK as the supreme musher.
Comments about the web site: If by chance you haven't seen it go to
Comments about the web site: I'm not lost, just on the list of the
Comments about the web site: My father is Bill Frankenberger, a Combat
Controller for 22 years,(retired for at least that long)! He's been telling
me to check out the site for awhile. Wow, what memories it brought back for
me, growing up on drop zones every weekend! Thanks- I will return to the
site and show my children what Grandpa use to do for work!!
Comments about the web site: Greetings all I've been on the sidelines
for a few years, thought I'd pop my head up. I still see folks from time
to time passing through MacDill. Doing contractor stuff for SOCOM with PKI
(you know, those new ID cards) I enjoy the site. I have a pile of old slides
that need scanning, one day... Keep up the good work Mac.... Howie
Comments about the web site: working for the faa in new orleans
Comments about the web site: Had been on the AACS web site and happened
to think about my days at Keesler and the Combat Control troops I knew there.
I went to your web site and Low and Behold who do I see but LOU BRABHAM.
I was stationed with him at Lajes in '58 and '59 as CTOs. Just wonder how
many 40 pounders he's put away since then. Great Web Site. Keep up the good
Comments about the web site: Great Site!! Hoping to make the reunion
Comments about the web site: I am currently enlisted in the Air Force
leaving for basic in 15 days. I have completed the PAST test and am headed
for Combat Control training after basic. I hope to join you all in the ranks
Comments about the web site: Hey Mac, Site looks good as always!!
Just wanted to let you know the latest CCA roster (Aug 15) is available for
members. Just drop me an note with your membership number and I'll e-mail
you a copy. I have it in both Adobe pdf and Excel formats.
Comments about the web site: Not smuch to say about me. I retired
31 dec 73. Drove a gasoline tanker, hauling gas, diesel, Av gas, and jet
fuel for 22 and one half years. I retired again june of 97. Since then I've
been enjoying retardation. I have one son and one daughter, and 3 grandchildren.
I joined CCT at Dyess AFB, in may 1962. In 64 I went to the team at wiesbaden
Ger,. I left there in 67, and reported to Forbes AFT in 67 througy 68 and
was assigned to the first Inf. Div in Viet Nam as ncoic of TACP at Division
Level. Finally got reassigned to CCT Aat TSN AFB RVN. I left there in 69
to Dyess AFB where I retired in 73
Comments about the web site: Thank you Mac.
Comments about the web site: I've been outa touch for a lot of years.
Just checkin in. Bob Miller 712 S. Carrizo Springs Ave. Pueblo West, CO.
Comments about the web site: I am the 24 STS Chief Enlisted Manager
and I am requesting all former 24 STS members who have ever been assigned,
send me their contact info, I am updating my database. Please include mailing
address, phone numbers (home, work or cell as appropriate) and email address.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My DSN is 383-0255, Comm (910)
Comments about the web site: Great site!!!!!!!!!!!
Comments about the web site: To SgtMacsBar. Mike you continue to be
a driving force within the "Brotherhood". Without you many other pieces of
our past history would have been lost! I believe I speak for many of our
comrades when I say, “Thank You” for all you do! You continue to
reflect on our history, but report on what our “Brothers” are doing
now to “Protect and Serve”. The future is yet untold, but I’m
sure when it is accomplished, SgtMacsBar – Mike McReynolds, ”Will
Tell The Tail”. Thanks for the Memories, Peter “Agent Orange”
Comments about the web site: Mac, Here the update to Lew's Fureral.
Unable to send direct to you. thought this might work. Update on Lew Arrangements
In South Carolina Sept 9, 2004 11:00 a.m. Good Morning All, I want to update
you on the return of our fallen brother to his home in Ehrhardt, South Carolina.
Barbara (my wife) called Heardon Funeral Home this morning and they passed
the following info. 1). Sunday Evening (September 12) - Heardon Funeral Home
2515 LowCountry Hwy, Ehrhardt will have a visitation from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
2). Chapel Services (Monday 13) - 3:00 p.m. at Heardon Funeral Home followed
by a burial at the Kearsh-Braham Cemetery (close to funereal home). Herndon
Funeral Home, 803-267-1971 I know that all of Lew's friends and Brothers
mourn this passing of a true friend and mentor. During his crossing over
he will be met by the many former comrades who have gone before. Those of
us who Lew touched during these percious years have a living memory that
we can hold and treasure. A good man, a brother, a friend. Lew, we will miss
you. Until we met again buddy. Sincerley, Peter and Barbara Holt (843) 871-5285
Home (843) 228-3345 Work DSN: 335-3345
Comments about the web site: Just passing through picking up on some
of the old memories. Sure had lots of fun with the 435th and 317th. Met a
younger CCT member the other day by the name of Kevin Eason. Had a wondeful
time talking about the past. Now...Im stuck in an office with two(2) computers
and a telephone. Not like the old days of running through the bushes and
blowing up things. Does anyone know where Al Corbett is located at this time.
Comments about the web site: I ran across Johnny Pantages a few years
back and we have routinely maintained contact in one form or another. Every
time we get together he asks if I’ve signed the Guest Book and my answer
is that I’ll get around to it. Nevertheless, with the untimely passing
of Robbie last year and now Lew, both of whom I knew well, it’s about
time that get reconnected. As of today I’ve officially signed the SgtMacsBar
Comments about the web site: I was a member of the 63 APS at Norton
AFB in 1972 and would like to post a team picture of us. Other than myself
the group photo includes Billy Burr, Tommy Fagan, John Fuller, Col Strobaugh,
Eugene Mcarthy, John Drozdowski and others. If you'd like to get this team
pic, give me an address to send it to. Thanks, Bob Ford
Comments about the web site: Hey, just heard about your website from
Randy Seebeck. I am on vacation this week, suppose to be in Florida for the
reunion, but mother nature did not cooperate. I have a few days off anyway
and wanted to find out where your bar is? My wife and I are living in northwest
Arkansas, in a town called Rogers. We both grew up around here. We are only
about 20 minutes from the Missouri border. I retired 01/01/01 and miss CCT
real bad. I like what I am doing, but it ain't the same, as you well know.
I am a granddad now, damn kids!! I guess they couldn't keep it in their pants
just like us. Oh well, I don't feel that old and only a little grey hair.
I heard you were going to do something at your bar since the reunion has
been cancelled. Any news, where do I show up and when, I need a beer with
airborne guys real bad, legs just don't hack it. See ya. Spencer
Comments about the web site: hi guys im here in myrtle beach sc tel
no (843)293-7390 give me a call
Comments about the web site: i really enjoy your web site, thanks
for all you do.
Comments about the web site: 1966-1968: 436th Aerial Port Sq., Dover;
1968-1970: CCT Dover; 1973-1984: Co B, 5th SF Bn, 20th SF Gp with SFOD A-2063-62,
Glen Arm, Maryland; 1984-1985: 1729th TAACOM, Havre De Grace/Aberdeen Area,
Maryland; 1985-2001: 2/175th Light Inf.; 2/115th Light Infantry; 1/115th
Infantry; 29th Division (Light) Headquarters. Mission Assignments: Fort
Bragg/McKall; Idaho; Puerta Rico; Germany; Vermont; Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas;
Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Norway; Fort Bliss, Texas; Northern Italy; Estonia
(USSR); Retired: 1 Nov 2001: with 33 years of service; 2001-2002: Taught
Part-time in the English Department at The Citadel; 2002-Present: Senior
Army Instructor for ROTC; Working on Dissertation for a Ph.D. in English
at the University of Glamorgan, Cardiff (UK); author of one children's book:
Tennessee Tiger (1996); and one short story, "In The Shed" (1986); Looking
forward to seeing all of you--whenever the hurricanes will by-pass Ft. Walton
Comments about the web site: Thanks Mac - great site. John Eklof
Comments about the web site: served with CCT Jan 67 thru Feb 71, VietNam
jan67-oct67, Ger. det 1, 5th AP, nov 67 jun 70, 60th AP, Travis jun 70-feb71.
Retired jun 88 w 30 as CMSgt
Comments about the web site: Known Walt Willis for years and he finally
told me to come to the site. It's awesome, brings back a lot of memories
and good beer drinking bar recking days. Keep up the good work. Police Detective
Comments about the web site: My father Gary Samdal served in the 8th
Aerial Port Squadron Combat Control team. If anyone has any photos of this
group I would love to see them!
Comments about the web site: CCT `1983~1999 Doing Great! AIC employee
at Pope! I like the site, brings back a lot of memories!
Comments about the web site: 21 STS 1997-2000. First time to the site.
Although I don't know many who have posted, it is fun to pick out a few that
I do recognize (Venturella, Fayhe, Montgomery, Ibera). Thanks for all the
pictures - I have many that I plan on posting in the future. Please add me
to your address list. -Darren
Comments about the web site: Great site!!! Even though a lot of your
site is from a different CCT generation than me, it's amazing the memories
it brings back!!! Just goes to show all CCTers must come from the same mold.
Rock on!!! Pat Elko "EO"
Comments about the web site: Mac, How the hell are you doing? Let’s
plan an ice fishing trip for this winter before you go to the Caribbean.
Johnell needs to educate you on the finer factors of the sport. Winter Bass
are better smoked than fried. Must be the temperature of the water that changes
the meat. Let us know when you want to smoke some Nebraska Bass. Floyd and
Johnell PS: If you don't respond she won't "signz the damn book" We Love
You and Jill.
Comments about the web site: CCT Assignments, Hunter AFB, GA., 1710
Aerial Port Sq. Wiesbaden,Germany Det. 1 ,5th Aerial Port Sq. Vietnam 8th
Aerial Port Sq. 3rd. Aerial Port Sq. Pope AFB, Pentagon. Stayed in Wash.
DC area for 6 years and moved to Banner Elk, NC 1978. Grow Christmas trees(20,000
in the ground), own rental property, do some preaching, 4 kids, 7 grandkids,
same great wife for 42 years. A blessed man, thanks Lord.
Comments about the web site: I guess I have to sign the guest book
to get back in Mac's good graces. Mac, will you please put me back on your
mailing list if I send you a picture of the old Forbes team from around 1967?
Actually I tried to send it to you and the CCT web site a while back but
as yet I have not seen it posted. I talked to K.B, Duncan a while back, shocked
the hell out of me. I had been trying to find him for years with no luck.
One night the phone rang and my wife asked me who was K. B. Duncan, and did
I want to talk to him? I instantly had several TDY flashbacks and grabbed
a beer amd the phone at the same time. Damned good to talk to to him. I hope
we can visit in person soon. Anyone know where John Gabriel or James Penticoff
are located? Mac, keep up the great work and thanks! Justice
Comments about the web site: Mac, thanks for helping us remember those
that made it all possable. FIRST THERE
Comments about the web site: I stumbled onto your website when researching
the web for news of the NCANG returning home from Iraq. It is now in the
early hours of Christmas Day, 2004, and I am writing from my home in the
Outer Banks of NC. My fiance has been serving with the Army NG as a combat
infantry soldier in an area between Baquaba and Baghdad this year. He should
be leaving Iraq sometime today to fly to Kuwait, then on to Fayetteville,
NC (Pope AF Base/ Ft. Bragg Army Base) about 36 hours later. I shall see
him sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. ("More information to be forthcoming"
is what Guard HQ has recorded for anxious listeners like myself! I could
not help but look up your site because he is also a Sgt Mac and at one time
owned three bars locally. When he left the Marine Corps after thirteen years,
he tried his hand at bar keeping but I suspect he was drinking up the profits.
He got into the DOT and joined the Army NG. He's been with them for twelve
years. He served nearly a year in Bosnia; our company was the only one to
do so. He almost never drinks, just a little factoid. He is just young enough
to have missed out on Viet Nam. I am just old enough that I didn't. I wasn't
military. My father died as a result of service in the US Navy when I was
twelve and I figured I had given up enough for my country at that point.
I still had a lot of growing up to do. That's about the summation of it.
I want to thank those of you who have served in the military. I take every
opportunity to thank those who are and those who have. I get a lot of chances.
I live between the largest Marine base in the world (Camp Lejuene) and Cherry
Point. For those of you who are military and read this, would you tell your
families that this woman on the net said to say "Thank you" to them also.
Only someone who has grown up military, especially with a widow, knows the
sacrifices that these families make. God Bless each of you! Merry Christmas!