Friday, December 25, 2015

A Christmas present to my old 490th SMS comrades...

A Little Christmas present for my old comrades of the 490th Strategic Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT.  This was Robert Salas squadron back in the late 1960s for those who are interested...

I kept my crew blues hanging in the closet. I last wore the uniform for an IG ORI EWO check ride back in Feb 1985 two days later after pulling my final alert out at Kilo. Then I quietly stowed it away after fulfilling 296 alerts, 4 shy of that mythical 300 mark.

Notice the 100 mission patch, I had a 200 mission patch, but never had it placed on the uniform...why, I don't recall. I have it lying around somewhere.

Remember the squadron patch? Greg Ogletree(SIC?) was championing to have it change to a circular patch prior to my leaving to Grand Forks AFB...sadly, he was successful and we lost a very important unit history identity.

And least I forget, notice the faded look which gave everyone the perception that you had been around the block for SAC...I hated that original darker blue look...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all that served pulling SAC alerts, both missile and bomber/tanker crews.  The same wishes to those that are currently serving...I am with you in my thoughts and prayers.

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