From the Author:
My military career was from February 28, 1956, to March 31, 1976.
My Air Force specialty code was 65170 – Procurement Supervisor, and
my secondary specialty was 64570 – Inventory Management Supervisor,
which was a politically correct term for Supply Sergeant or NCOIC. I
worked in just about every field in the service part of the Air Force,
from working as a physical education instructor to teaching warfare
techniques. I trained the First PJ–Jumpers–ARRC in 1958. I always had
a great group of people, and we were successful because I was able to
always teach respect for one another, which led to a good outfit. Great
leaders are born, and I was a DAMN good leader of human beings!
I would have been great in military or civilian life, but the military
was able to give me the discipline and organizational skills to accomplish
any task I was given. With my faith, prayer, and knowledge that I am who
I am, I knew I could do anything that I was able to do to completion.
I was top of my NCO Leadership School and top of the NCO academy.
I was one of the first to enter a one–year school in New York called
“The Blue Suiter Program Military Group.” It was for the first computer
system to be operated by military personnel, the UNIVAC 1050 computer
system for the Air Force (1964). My job was NCOIC of 100,000
line items (spare parts) for the complete system.
At procurement school at Lowry AFB Denver Colorado, I held a
GPA of 4.0 and was class president. There was a college ECI course
given through the University of Maryland. I completed 71 courses in
other career fields as an Airman. I knew as much about other missions
as other folks did, and I also completed all the other 27 courses and related
jobs in my career field, which gave me enough credits for a BA
Some of my accomplishments were EOC NCOIC, Commissioner
of the 5 BX Program, exercise and diet base level, base schools and all
squadron activities to operate a base.
My masonic order and my involvement as a captain of a semi–pro–
football team gave me a platform to involve the base and the city in football,
flag football, softball, baseball, bowling, little– and pony–leagues
(eight– to 14–year–old boys’ after school football program, if their grade
point averages were up to a 3.0), a Thanksgiving program for the needy
(every November), and a program for disadvantaged kids that included
seven masonic brothers acting as “big brothers” and role models.
If they had any problems, they would always call their best troubleshooter,
and I was always successful because I treated each person
with respect and as a human being, not as cattle.