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Garibaldi
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« Reply #200 on: February 13, 2014, 09:12:35 PM »

OK, informal poll.

How many of you BITD carried a light green and loam GI camo stick in your LBE as cadet?

How many of you ever owned an GI angle head flashlight?

I still love the smell of canvas and sweat you got off of the old Vietnam-era web gear.
We always carried the camo face sticks. I still think the angle-head light (with a boot blouser to hold it on to the suspenders) is the best thing ever. And the canvas smell...oh, the memories...hang on, I'll upload a pic of me going on my first week-long post-Christmas winter FTX...



Note the brand-new jungle boots. The two ammo cans I am sporting contain various...incindiary devices for our New Year's Eve festivities.  Under my coat is a gallon of Coleman fuel. Viet-Nam era steel pot my dad got for me when we went to Encampment (He tried to get me one of the de-milled plastic M-16s but no dice). The Dodge ambulance once sported red crosses, but the Gubmint got a lil' bit upset and made us change to blue. And I think I still had the canvas M-14 pouches but I'm not sure. I at one point went to the M-16 ammo pouches. Hard to believe that at one time I was skinny enough that I had a hard time fitting all the required stuff on my belt. Now there's room left over...stupid weight gain.
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« Reply #201 on: February 13, 2014, 11:10:04 PM »

I know today's teens get a bad wrap but a lot of it (not all) is deserved. I'm often ashamed of my generation.

Don't be. The current generation is no less or more screwed up then every other generation. It's all a matter of perception. People who look back at prior decades and say 'things were so much better back then' at just guilty of looking through rose colored glasses. People have been saying 'kids these days' since the second generation of human beings crawled out of the caves.
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« Reply #202 on: February 13, 2014, 11:53:40 PM »

Jay T=This is a recently unlocked thread. The post you quoted is over a year old. Just wanted to make sure you were aware.
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« Reply #203 on: February 14, 2014, 08:41:07 PM »

WIWAVYC: When I Was A Very Young Cadet



If you look real close at the shirt, you will notice that it is a civilian dress shirt with one patch pocket on the left(picture) side under the Curry Ribbon. I am pretty sure this was in late 1977.
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« Reply #204 on: February 14, 2014, 08:45:11 PM »

That's me as a c/A1C on the left next to the US flag with the rifle.

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« Reply #205 on: February 14, 2014, 08:54:52 PM »

A couple of years later. Here I am as a c/LtCol passing off the cadet commander's job to someone else. Yeah, I know about the hair. It was the early 80's. Note the old Coke machine by my squadron commander. Glass bottles!

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Lt. Col. Randy L. Mitchell
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« Reply #206 on: February 14, 2014, 10:24:49 PM »

My favorite thing in the world is old school CAP, especially 70s through the late 80s.
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« Reply #207 on: February 14, 2014, 10:54:36 PM »

 Yeah, mine too.  :'(  ;)
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Lt. Col. Randy L. Mitchell
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« Reply #208 on: February 15, 2014, 01:46:07 AM »

Here is a picture of me and "the guys" back in 1969 during a group SAREX. The picture was taken behind our WW2 surplus "temporary buildings" (which lasted till 1997) at the NE Philadelphia Airport.  I'm the c/msgt looking really young! ;D

Memories.  Are those 505's or 1505's?  I wore both in CAP and the AF but I can't tell in that picture.  I wore the fatigues and actually liked the Ridgeway.
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« Reply #209 on: February 15, 2014, 10:20:58 AM »

^They were 1505's; a little better at staying "unwrinkled"... :) Good times back then; before "Nam" became a bad word for many.  Our squadron had almost 100 cadets comming to meetings.  I still remember my basic "hell weekend" and Curry award ceremony. My first "O'flight" was a trip to AC's Bader Field.  I had to plot the course and plan the flight using pilotage, visiting the local FSS (at that time located at PNE) for a weather briefing.  Great memories indeed! It is the reason I'm still a member; it's a pleasure paying forward.
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« Reply #210 on: February 15, 2014, 04:00:58 PM »

A couple of years later. Here I am as a c/LtCol passing off the cadet commander's job to someone else. Yeah, I know about the hair. It was the early 80's. Note the old Coke machine by my squadron commander. Glass bottles!


What's the second ?name? plate under the other one.
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« Reply #211 on: February 15, 2014, 06:33:32 PM »

A couple of years later. Here I am as a c/LtCol passing off the cadet commander's job to someone else. Yeah, I know about the hair. It was the early 80's. Note the old Coke machine by my squadron commander. Glass bottles!


What's the second ?name? plate under the other one.

The one above the pocket says "Civil Air patrol Cadet" the one below is the Name Plate
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« Reply #212 on: February 15, 2014, 10:19:02 PM »

To add to what Mac said, the nameplate looked something like the current blazer nametag without the mini grade.
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« Reply #213 on: February 15, 2014, 10:19:52 PM »

WIWAVYC: When I Was A Very Young Cadet



If you look real close at the shirt, you will notice that it is a civilian dress shirt with one patch pocket on the left(picture) side under the Curry Ribbon. I am pretty sure this was in late 1977.
You can see both better in this picture.
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« Reply #214 on: February 20, 2014, 01:02:19 PM »

WIWAVYC: When I Was A Very Young Cadet



If you look real close at the shirt, you will notice that it is a civilian dress shirt with one patch pocket on the left(picture) side under the Curry Ribbon. I am pretty sure this was in late 1977.
You can see both better in this picture.

The "CADET CIVIL AIR PATROL" was a metal badge, not plastic 
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Michael P. McEleney
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« Reply #215 on: February 20, 2014, 05:38:06 PM »

Bringing out the old photos - the few that survived from my years as a cadink...

The first picture was of the Florida Wing contingent that attended the Air Training Command Familiarization Course (ATCFC - now Specialized Undergraduate Flying Training Familiarization Course) at Laughlin AFB in the hot summer of 1979. I'm the 'hardkewl' cadet sergeant in the front row, left squinting in the bright Texas sun.

ATCFC in June of 1979 at Mather AFB in California.

We had just settled down for a class, when one of the Senior staff said "Everyone on the buses, NOW!" On the bus, down to the fightline, and just about enough time to go "Why are we standing-" the Alert Sirens go off. "Global Shield" had just been activated. The base commander let our staff know in time to get us down for a front row seat. 6 BUFF's and two tankers, from engine start to off the ground in about 11 minutes.
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« Reply #216 on: February 20, 2014, 05:47:54 PM »

Wow - something to see...

SAC Global Shield 1983 - MITO

Global Shield.mpg

About 24:00 shows an alert in progress.
STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND - THE GLOBAL SHIELD - 1980 USAF DOCUMENTARY
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« Reply #217 on: February 20, 2014, 09:53:12 PM »

It was even more thrilling to be a part of.   To be number 9 of a 12 ship MITO was a very smokey rock and roll ride!
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« Reply #218 on: February 20, 2014, 11:29:25 PM »

The turbulent air from eight previous BUFFs must have really made for an interesting ride.  I am glad that I never had to do that.
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« Reply #219 on: February 21, 2014, 12:31:26 AM »

I was in a tanker. And yes it was an IFR rock and roll show!
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